MA, Special Education, Behavior Analysis

Master of Arts in Special Education, Behavior Analysis

Special education teachers are an exceptional group of educators that serve as advocates for social justice and seek to uphold the dignity of all people including those with disabilities. The Master of Arts in Special Education with an emphasis in behavior analysis explores basic procedures such as defining, measuring and assessing behavior through measurement, different strategies for experimental design, current technologies, factors that influence behavior change and more. Program curriculum aligns with the Council for Exceptional Children's Advanced Content Standards. It is possible to complete the degree with more than one emphasis, additional or alternative options include:

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Behavior Intervention: Design behavior intervention which targets and defines a socially significant behavior, creates data collection tools, implements behavior change procedures and evaluates progress in behavior change.
  • Leadership and Policy: advocate for policy and curriculum development by utilizing the breadth and depth of special education history, pedagogy, and latest research.
  • Program Development and Organization: apply and expand content and professional knowledge to enhance instructional programs and curricula through evidence-based and innovative practices that reflect the needs of diverse populations.
  • Research and Inquiry: evaluate current research studies and methodologies using evidence-based educational research to improve curricula, instruction, or interventions.
  • Student and Program Evaluation: evaluate and analyze student achievement and program effectiveness utilizing nonbiased instruments and knowledge of research-based best practices.
  • Professional Development and Ethical Practice: exemplify professional, legal, and ethical behavior by participating in and providing opportunities for professional development that best support children with special needs, their families, schools, and the community.
  • Collaboration: implement culturally responsive collaborative and consultation structures to enhance the opportunities for students with exceptional learning needs.

Students completing this program will not have met the requirements for the preliminary education specialist credential.

Applicants must complete the formal application process and all required documents, which include:

  1. Two Letters of recommendation along with Two Waivers from individuals who are familiar with the applicants academic/professional ability to undertake graduate studies. 
  2. Must hold a valid Education Specialist Credential or successfully complete the prerequisite courses.

You must satisfactorily fulfilling one of the following admission options:

Option One
A 3.0 GPA calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential.

Option Two
A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (MAE/MAT requires 2.75-2.99) calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. In addition, a satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam (GRE, GMAT, CSET, or MAT).

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.
  • Subject Matter Competency Examinations: successfully complete all subtests of the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Exceptions are Foundational Level General Math where only subtests I and II are required and Foundational Level General Science where only subtests I and II are required.

Option Three
An earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Four
A GPA below 2.5, submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for graduate study in the discipline requested.

Core Courses (18 credits)

EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods 3
EDUU 630 Leadership and Policy in Special Education 3
EDUU 631 Program Development and Organization in Special Education 3
EDUU 632 Advanced Assessment and Program Evaluation in Special Education 3
EDUU 661 Collaborative and Cooperative Teaching 3
EDUU 633 Special Education Capstone 3

 

Behavior Analyst Concentration (18 credits)

 

EDUU 636 An Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3
EDUU 637 Procedures and Experimental Design in ABA 3
EDUU 656 Basic Technologies of Behavior Change in ABA 3
EDUU 657 Applied Behavior Analysis 4: Applications 3
EDUU 658 Applied Behavior Analysis 5: Advanced Applications 3
EDUU 659 Applied Behavior Analysis 6: Ethics 3
Total Credits (not including prerequisites) 36

 

Demonstration of Mastery
Candidates must successfully complete an action research project in EDUU 633.

 

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