Exceptional Student Education, M.A.
|Master of Arts (M.A.)
|Exceptional Student Education
|Applied Behavior Analysis
|School of Education
Building 85, Room 196
|School of Education
|Semester Hours Required For Degree: 30-33
ADDENDUM - 9/28/2023
The comprehensive master’s degree program in Exceptional Student Education has two specializations. The Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization provides online courses meeting curriculum requirements for students seeking Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification, Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) certification, and International Behavior Analyst (IBA) certification. The Special Education Specialization is designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for instructional and leadership roles in special education. It is not an initial certification program.
There is a critical shortage of certified teachers, administrators, related professionals, and specialists in many areas of exceptional student education.
Students will be assigned a faculty mentor who will provide career advice and advisement concerning professional issues.
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the applicant must meet the following minimum departmental requirements for admission:
- Have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 on a bachelor's degree. Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may be granted conditional admission with a corresponding high rubric score on their letter of intent.
- Applicants for the ABA Specialization must submit a letter of intent following the instructions and rubric.
- Applicants for the Special Education Specialization must submit a letter of intent that includes the following information: your educational and career background, short- and long-term goals, contributions you would like to make to your field of study, and any strengths you feel you can bring to the program.
All approvals for admission to the School of Education are subject to reevaluation as students progress through the program. Students denied admission or removed from the program may appeal the decision to the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies.
A grade of C or better is required for all coursework to be applied to the degree program.
Students completing the Exceptional Student Education Comprehensive - Applied Behavior Analysis M.A. will also earn the Graduate BCBA Certificate. This certificate may automatically be added to the student record upon admission to the program.
Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization
Required Courses (30-33 hours)
|Concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis
|Applied Behavior Analysis and System Support
|Supervision and Management Fluency
|Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis
|Measurement and Single Case Design
|Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
|Choose 3 courses/6 credits from the options below:
|Autism and the Law (2 credit hours)
|Intensive Intervention in Autism and Related Disabilities (2 credit hours)
|Curriculum Design for Behavior Analysts (2 credit hours)
|Advanced Single Case Design (2 credit hours)
|Behavior Systems Analysis (2 credit hours)
|Behavior Analysis of Performance (2 credit hours)
|Behavior Analysis in Organizations (2 credit hours)
|Applied Single Case Design (1-6 credit hours)
|Required for students pursuing the International Behavior Analyst Credential:
|Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis Cognate (42 hours)
Students wishing to complete the intensive cognate will choose 18 units from the electives listed above.
Special Education Specialization (33 hours)
Required Core Courses
|Issues of Diversity in Education: A Bio-Psycho-Social-Cultural Perspective
|Issues in Classroom Management
Educational Investigative Sequence
|Introduction to Research
|Applied Research (should be taken last semester)
Special Education Courses
|Best Practices in Teaching Challenging Students
|Principles of Curriculum and Instruction
|Advisor Approved Electives
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) Certificates
See the Graduate Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) page for more information.