Master of Arts in Special Education

This 36-hour degree plan is designed for individuals who are seeking board certification in behavior analysis.  Students have the option of earning an MA (thesis) or MA (nonthesis).  The MA (thesis) option requires successful completion of a master's thesis defense. The MA (nonthesis) requies successful completion of a research project or literature review. The degree plan originates in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations. The candidate must successfully complete a departmental comprehensive examination. Candidates must be enrolled in coursework during the semester they take comprehensive examinations.

To be regularly admitted to the graduate school, applicants must submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, both undergraduate and graduate (Note: A minimum GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate and graduate work is expected)

NOTE: Candidates may be permitted to enroll for one semester while their admission file is incomplete.

Applicants with completed files are reviewed for regular admission by graduate faculty in each program area and are selected by faculty based on information in the completed file.

Applicants must submit to the Department of Language, Literacy and Special Populations:

  1. Two letters of recommendations (the form is available from the LLSP Office)
  2. Acceptable writing sample

The early deadline for applications is January 10th. The final deadline for applications is March 3rd. Applications are reviewed for Fall semester start dates only.

Master of Arts in Special Education (Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism Program)

Master of Arts in Special Education (Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism Program)
Courses
SPED 6301Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPED 6302Seminar In Autism Spectrum Dis3
SPED 6303Behavioral Assmt & Interventn3
SPED 6304In-Home Training & Family Iss3
SPED 6306Eval & Measurement Of Behavior3
SPED 6307Behavior Change & Sys Support3
SPED 6309Internship3
SPED 6314Thesis I-Rsch Mthd-Bhvr Analys3
SPED 6318Ethics for Behavior Analysts3
SPED 6328Practicum in Behavior Analysis3
Select one of the following:3
Stdy-Cogntve/Low Incidn Dsblty
Tch Mthd-Lrnrs/Mild-Mod Dsblty
Std Behavior Disorder Children
Thesis II 1
Applied Research In Spec Ed
Total Hours36
1

MA Thesis students enroll in SPED 6315.  MA Non-thesis students enroll in SPED 6317

Master of Arts in Special Education (Post Master's Degree Program)

Students with a master's degree in a related field who complete the following courses will be eligible to sit for the Behavior Analysis Board Certification Exam.

Master of Arts in Special Education (Post Master's Degree Plan)
SPED 6301Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPED 6303Behavioral Assmt & Interventn3
SPED 6306Eval & Measurement Of Behavior3
SPED 6307Behavior Change & Sys Support3
SPED 6309Internship3
SPED 6314Thesis I-Rsch Mthd-Bhvr Analys3
SPED 6318Ethics for Behavior Analysts3
SPED 6328Practicum in Behavior Analysis3
Total Hours24