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 recommendation
  2. Acceptable writing sample
  3. Teacher Service Record

The early deadline for applications is January 10th to allow students to apply for university scholarships. The priority deadline for applications is May 1st. The final deadline is August 1st. 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 Analysis *3
SPED 6302Seminar In Autism Spectrum Dis3
SPED 6303Behavioral Assmt & Interventn *3
SPED 6304In-Home Training & Family Iss3
SPED 6306Eval & Measurement Of Behavior *3
SPED 6307Behavior Change & Sys Support *3
SPED 6309Internship3
or SPED 6311 Smnr Special Education
SPED 6313Seminar-Language/Learning Dis3
or SPED 6328 Practicum in Behavior Analysis
SPED 6314Thesis I-Rsch Mthd-Bhvr Analys *3
SPED 6315Thesis II 13
or SPED 6317 Applied Research In Spec Ed
SPED 6318Ethics for Behavior Analysts *3
Select one of the following:3
Stdy-Cogntve/Low Incidn Dsblty
Tch Mthd-Lrnrs/Mild-Mod Dsblty
Std Behavior Disorder Children
Total Hours36

Post Master's Degree Program

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.

Post Master's Degree Program
SPED 6301Applied Behavior Analysis *3
SPED 6303Behavioral Assmt & Interventn *3
SPED 6306Eval & Measurement Of Behavior *3
SPED 6307Behavior Change & Sys Support *3
SPED 6309Internship3
or SPED 6311 Smnr Special Education
SPED 6313Seminar-Language/Learning Dis3
or SPED 6328 Practicum in Behavior Analysis
SPED 6314Thesis I-Rsch Mthd-Bhvr Analys *3
SPED 6318Ethics for Behavior Analysts *3
Total Hours24