Exceptional Student Education, M.A.

Degree:Master of Arts (M.A.)
Major:Exceptional Student Education
Specializations:Applied Behavior Analysis
Special Education
Department:School of Education
Building 85, Room 196
College:School of Education
CIP Code:13.1001
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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Program Requirements 

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)

EDF 6222Concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDF 6223Applied Behavior Analysis and System Support3
EDF 6224Supervision and Management Fluency3
EDF 6225Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDF 6226Behavioral Assessments3
EDF 6437Measurement and Single Case Design3
EDF 6557Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis3
EEX 6051Exceptionalities3
Choose 3 courses/6 credits from the options below:6
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:0-3
Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Total Hours30-33

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 

EDF 6691Issues of Diversity in Education: A Bio-Psycho-Social-Cultural Perspective3
EEX 6051Exceptionalities3
EDG 6415Issues in Classroom Management3
EDG 6288Educational Assessment3
Total Hours12

Educational Investigative Sequence 

EDG 6918Introduction to Research3
EDG 6916Applied Research (should be taken last semester)3
Total Hours6

Special Education Courses 

EEX 6035Best Practices in Teaching Challenging Students3
EEX 6612Behavior Management3
EDG 6662Principles of Curriculum and Instruction3
Advisor Approved Electives6
Total Hours15

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) Certificates

See the Graduate Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) page for more information.