MA in Special Education, Behavior Analysis

Master of Arts in Special Education, Behavior Analysis

This degree program prepares special education teachers to design behavior intervention targeting and defining a socially significant behavior, create data collection tools, implement behavior change procedures and evaluate progress. Program curriculum aligns with the Council for Exceptional Children's Advanced Content Standards.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Special Education, Behavior Analysis prepares you to advocate for those with disabilities and improve teaching strategies to enhance student performance. You will learn to design behavior intervention targeting and defining a socially significant behavior, create data collection tools, implement behavior change procedures and evaluate progress. 

As a student, you will:

  • Define, measure and assess behavior using evidence-based best practices.
  • Explore different strategies for experimental design.
  • Explore evidence-based best practices for gathering and evaluating behavioral data.
  • Understand factors that influence behavior change.
  • Learn appropriate educational technology for addressing and identifying behavioral needs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation on official letterhead 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. The letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application.
  • A current valid Special Education Teaching Credential or take and complete the prerequisite course EDUU 511.

  • 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
calculated in the last 30 graded semester credits (45 quarter credits) in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program including credits earned toward a credential are required to submit passing scores from one of the following standard admission tests:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): any two of the three GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative or Analytical Writing) may be used to meet graduate admissions standards for this program. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal and Quantitative sections is 450. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.

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.

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.

Some programs available to California residents only
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