Explore Autism Spectrum Disorders at Missouri State

 Master's in Special Education

Master's in Autism Spectrum Disorders Plus ABA Certification

At Missouri State University, you can earn a master’s degree in autism spectrum disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Most classes are offered online. Flexible scheduling available for working professionals.

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Graduate certificate

Get a certificate that lays the foundation for applied behavior analysis, research-based strategies, and historical and diagnostic overviews of autism. Available fully online.
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Master's plus ABA certification

Put yourself ahead with a master’s in autism spectrum disorders. Earn fieldwork hours while you take classes, then sit for the national Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam.
ABA average salary


Average salary for applied behavior analysts, according to PayScale.com
Career success


Job placement rate for ASD program graduates in clinical and classroom settings
Pass rate


Percent of master's plus ABA students who passed the BCBA exam

Hands-on experiences prepared alumna for clinical career

Shadow image of an adult kneeling to speak with a child.As a graduate student, Taylor Janota worked closely with her professors, collaborated across departments and did practicums in school and clinical settings.

"I was able to conduct research and do a lot of different things within the realm of autism," Janota said." I got experience working with kids, practicing intakes and data collection – all the skills that I use now in my career."

Read Taylor's Story

What can you do with a master's in autism spectrum disorders plus ABA?

Ensure quality education for all with a opportunities such as:

  • Teacher
  • Autism specialist
  • Registered behavior technician
  • Therapist


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Missouri State University
School of Special Education, Leadership and Professional Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

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