Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education

Major: Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 76.5
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 42.2814
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-3031

About the Program

This dual master’s program combines two critical and research-based programs focused on improving outcomes for individuals with disabilities. This innovative program will prepare candidates to work in Pre-K to 12 institutions seeking educators and leaders knowledgeable about special education and skilled in behavior analysis, a growing area of need in today's schools.The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the Master's Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

Special Education courses address all required state and federal regulations as well as the Pennsylvania General Standards for Special Education and the competencies and standards outline by the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC).

The program is a flexible, part-time graduate program. This dual program consists of 76.5 of credits. These credits are broken up into 8 core Special Education classes, 6 core Applied Behavior Analysis classes, 5 elective classes, as well as a 3 part capstone sequence. This dual program confers a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis as well as a Master’s of Science in Special Education which provides candidates with increased flexibility, Most courses have a field component that has the student apply what they are learning so that they graduate with a solid understanding theory and how to apply it to improve results.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program will follow the university standards for admission to graduate study. Prospective students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA).

In addition, prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Completed Application Form including official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Resume

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
EDEX 543Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities 3.0
EDEX 549Teaching Individuals with High Incident Disabilities3.0
EDEX 550Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities3.0
EDEX 552Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement3.0
EDEX 555Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3.0
EDEX 630Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change4.5
EDEX 631Measurement and Experimental Design4.5
EDEX 632Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis4.5
EDEX 633Behavioral Interventions4.5
EDEX 634Consultation, Systems Change and Supervision4.5
EDEX 635Ethical Considerations and Professional Conduct4.5
EDEX 636Applications of Fundamental Elements of Behavior Analysis 4.5
Students will choose a concentration in Grades PreK-8 or Grades 7-12 based on the certification they are seeking. 9.0
Concentration In Elementary Special Education (Grades PreK-8)
Special Education Law and Processes PreK-8
Teaching STEAM in an Inclusive Pre-K to 8 Environment
Special Education Practicum PreK-8
Concentration in Secondary Special Education (Grades 7-12)
Special Education Law and Processes 7-12
Teaching Secondary Mathematics in an Inclusive Environment
Special Education Practicum 7-12
Capstone Courses
EDU 780Capstone Research3.0
Students have the option to select from one of the following capstone tracks.6.0-7.5
Lesson Study
Lesson Study Capstone Course I
Lesson Study Capstone Course II
Thesis
Thesis Capstone Course I
Thesis Capstone Course II
Practitioner
Practitioner Capstone Course I
Practitioner Capstone Course II
Professional Electives12.0
Total Credits76.5-78.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
EDEX 537
or 538*
Special Education Law and Processes PreK-8
Special Education Law and Processes 7-12
3.0
EDEX 549Teaching Individuals with High Incident Disabilities3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EDEX 543Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities 3.0
EDEX 555Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EDEX 552Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement3.0
EDEX 630Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change4.5
 Term Credits7.5
Term 4
EDEX 550Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities3.0
EDEX 631Measurement and Experimental Design4.5
 Term Credits7.5
Term 5
EDEX 632Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis4.5
EDEX 634Consultation, Systems Change and Supervision4.5
 Term Credits9.0
Term 6
EDEX 633Behavioral Interventions4.5
EDEX 636Applications of Fundamental Elements of Behavior Analysis 4.5
 Term Credits9.0
Term 7
EDEX 545
or 565**
Teaching STEAM in an Inclusive Pre-K to 8 Environment
Teaching Secondary Mathematics in an Inclusive Environment
3.0
EDEX 576
or 577***
Special Education Practicum PreK-8
Special Education Practicum 7-12
3.0
EDEX 635Ethical Considerations and Professional Conduct4.5
 Term Credits10.5
Term 8
EDU 780Capstone Research3.0
Professional Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 9
EDUP 781, EDUL 780,
or EDUT 780
Practitioner Capstone Course II
Lesson Study Capstone Course I
Thesis Capstone Course I
3.0
Professional Elective6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 10
EDUP 781, EDUL 781,
or EDUT 781
Practitioner Capstone Course II
Lesson Study Capstone Course II
Thesis Capstone Course II
3.0
Professional Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Total Credit: 76.5
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