ED.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis

Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology (ED.S.), Applied Behavior Analysis

This emphasis program equips school psychology students with life-changing tools to help children change negative or harmful behaviors.

Program Overview

Brandman’s ED.S. with Master’s in education and the PPSC emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis allows students to enter the field of K-12 school psychology with the skillset required to competently assess and intervene to resolve complex behavior problems.

Students with this emphasis will:

  • Earn a degree focused in a field that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job demand will grow by 33% between 2010 and 2020. Ground zero for these professionals are K-12 school districts
  • Be trained in ABA methodologies
  • Understand how to observe and improve behavior in school age children

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program , whether online or on campus, must be California residents and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the candidate in a work setting, preferably one working with children
  • Current Resume (showing experience working with children)
  • An autobiographical essay (2-3 pages) 
  • An intake interview conducted by designated faculty

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (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. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – A GPA between 2.75 – 2.99
calculated in the last 30 semester credits (45 quarter credits) in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program including credits earned toward a credential to be admitted to the Master of Arts in Education degree program and must have a passing score on one of the examinations noted below:

  • 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 403.
  • State Teacher Examinations: successfully complete the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), or Single Subject Assessments for Teaching (SSAT) and/or Praxis Examination.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   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.

Required Courses  
CSPU 500 Introduction to Counseling and Interpersonal Relations: Concepts and Skills 3
CSPU 510 Introduction to the Ethical Practice of School Psychology 3
CSPU 512 Advanced Counseling and Intervention 3
CSPU 513 Group Leadership and Intervention 3
CSPU 514 Cultural and Community Issues in Counseling and School Psychology 3
CSPU 516 Children and Youth in Developmental Context 3
CSPU 534 Practicum in School Psychology I 3
CSPU 535 Practicum in School Psychology II 3
CSPU 616 Leadership and Systems Change 3
CSPU 622 Supervision and Mentoring in School Psychology I 3
CSPU 623 Supervision and Mentoring in School Psychology II 3
CSPU 624 Supervision and Mentoring in School Psychology III 3
CSPU 625 Supervision and Mentoring in School Psychology IV 3
CSPU 636 Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment for Intervention 3
CSPU 637 Psychoeducational Assessment for Intervention I 3
CSPU 638 Psychoeducational Assessment for Intervention II 3
CSPU 639 Advanced Positive Behavioral Supports 3
CSPU 640 Consultation and Indirect Intervention 3
CSPU 641 Best Practices in School Psychology 3
EDUU 519 Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods 3
EDUU 602 Positive Behavior Supports 3
EDUU 606 Seminar in Learning Theory 3
EDUU 655 Individualized Education Plan Development and Special Education Law 3
Total Credits 72

Applied Behavior Analysis (18 credits):                               

Students admitting into the Behavior Analysis emphasis area must be employed at least part-time in a field of employment which uses Applied Behavior Analysis (i.e., education, medicine, social work, occupational or speech therapy). 

Code Title Credits
EDUU 636 An Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3
EDUU 637 Applied Behavior Analysis: Procedures and Experimental Design 3
EDUU 656 Applied Behavior Analysis: Basic Technologies of Behavior Change 3
EDUU 657 Applied Behavior Analysis: Applications 3
EDUU 658 Applied Behavior Analysis: Advanced Applications 3
EDUU 659 Applied Behavior Analysis: Ethics 3
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