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Master's in Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis

Frequently Asked Questions:

What can I do with a Master's in Special Education with an Emphasis in ABA?

This degree will allow you to work as a Behavior Analyst for school districts and private employers. The course sequence is designed to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board so that students can become board certified following passage of the BCBA exam.

This program offers multiple options: for those with a bachelor's degree, the master's will allow students to qualify for board certification as a BCBA. For those who have a master's degree in a related field, the six course sequence will allow students to qualify for the board certification board.

Length of Program and costs?

The Master's program is a five-semester sequence of courses designed to meet the BACB guidelines. For those seeking the six-course sequence, the number of semesters of coursework varies depending upon which and how many courses are taken. 

  • For Master's degree: 30 units x $550 per unit=$16,500 
  • For those who already hold a California Education Specialist Credential: 21 units x $550 per unit= $11,550
  • Financial aid is available if enrolled in Master's program
  • For visiting students, the tuition is $550 per unit

What are the unique features of the program?

  • Face to face and blended learning
  • Personal and specialized attention
  • Highly qualified instructors with real world experience
  • Classes taught by Board Certified Behavior Analysts
  • Collaboration with community partners for supervision

Location of classes?

  • Touro University California, Mare Island, Vallejo
  • Convenient schedule, classes meet in the evenings, usually one or two times per week

Courses for Master's in Special Education with an Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (21 units for students with a California teaching credential):

  • SPEC 722: Research Methods in Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 723: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 724: Advanced Principles and Techniques in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 725: Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 710: Advanced Intervention in Classroom and School Supports
  • SPEC 726: Applied Behavior Analysis Literature Review
  • SPEC 727: Master's Thesis Behavior Analysis

Students without a California teaching credential take an additional 9 units for 30 total units:

SPEC 791: Postitive Behavior Supports

Moderate/Severe Track Option:

SPEC 794:  Instruction of Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
SPEC 709: Advanced Studies in Moderate/Severe Disabilities
        OR

Autism Track Option:

SPEC 715:  Overview of ASD Spectrum Disorders
SPEC 716:  Curriculum Studies in ASD Spectrum Disorders

Courses Required by Behavior Analyst Certification Board:

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following 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.

  • SPEC 722: Research Methods in Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 723: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 724: Advanced Principles and Techniques in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 725: Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPEC 791:  Positive Behavior Supports
  • SPEC 710: Advanced Intervention in Classroom and School Supports

 

There is a non-Master's degree option for those wanting course work for BCBA certification. Students can take between 1-6 courses including SPEC 710, SPEC 722, SPEC 723, SPEC 724, SPEC 725, and SPEC 791. It is possible to take courses on a Visiting Student Status. This is a non-degree seeking enrollment status which allows a student to take up to 12 units without enrolling in a specific degree program.

Contact:

Linda Haymes, Ph.D., BCBA-D 
Program Advisor and Associate Professor
707-638-5865
linda.haymes@tu.edu