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 School of Education cultivates strategic, innovative and caring scholars, leaders and practitioners who are empowered to fulfill the promise and purpose of education. Brandman University’s Master of Arts in Special Education program provides you with advanced knowledge based on top industry standards to address educational learning challenges and improve teaching strategies that enhance student performance.

The Benefits of a Special Education Degree in Behavior Analysis at Brandman

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
  • Exploring different strategies for experimental design
  • Learning current technologies
  • Understanding factors that influence behavior change

Graduates of the program will be able to 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. Program curriculum aligns with the Council for Exceptional Children's Advanced Content Standards.

Earning your degree from a WSCUC accredited institution with state (CTC) and national (NCATE/CAEP) professional accreditation allows for greater portability of your degree. Call an Enrollment Coach today to find out how to get started!

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University as stated in the catalog (see the Graduate Admissions section) including meeting the grade point average for a graduate program.
  2. Two letters of recommendation are required.  These letters must be on official letterhead; must be written by individuals who are familiar with the candidate in an academic setting and who have knowledge of the candidate’s ability to successfully complete graduate courses; and, must address the candidate’s fit for the program. The letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application.
  3. Possess a current valid Special Education Teaching Credential or take and complete the prerequisite course of EDUU 511.
  4. 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.

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 2.50 and 2.99 (MAE/MAT requires 2.75 – 2.99)
calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits 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. In addition, a satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam such as GRE, GMAT, CSET or MAT (consult program for acceptable tests and scores)

  • 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 – 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.

*Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.

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 for the Master of Arts in Special Education degree with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis must successfully complete a research project in EDUU 633 with a grade of “B” or better.

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