MA in Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Gain skills to help you advocate for those with disabilities and improve the teaching strategies used to impact their success in the classroom.

Enhance Student Performance with a Master’s in Behavior Analysis

Learn to identify social significant behaviors and use behavior intervention to help students improve in the classroom. By pursuing a master’s degree in special education with a concentration in applied behavior, you’ll gain skills for collecting data on behaviors, implementing behavior change procedures and evaluating progress. This MA in Special Education curriculum aligns with the Council for Exceptional Children's Advanced Content Standards.

As a Master of Arts in Special Education, ABA  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.

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Summer II (Jun 27, 2022)

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Santa Maria Campus
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Victorville Campus
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99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
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    Admission Requirements

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

    • Completed application
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • Hold a current special education teaching credential or take EDUU 511 Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling
    • Resume showing at least part-time employment in a field which uses Applied Behavior Analysis (i.e., education, medicine, social work, occupational or speech therapy)
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
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    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

    Letters of recommendation
    • Cannot be older than two years from the date of application
    • Must be on official letterhead
    • Must be written by individuals familiar with the candidate in an academic setting with knowledge of the candidate’s ability to successfully complete graduate courses
    • Must address the candidate’s fit for the program

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    Master of Arts in Special Education Program Curriculum

    •  Prerequisite:    
       EDUU 511  Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling for current special education credential 3
       Core (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 Collaboration in Special Education

      3

      EDUU 633 Special Education Capstone

      3

      Emphasis Area Elective Courses

      12-21

      When applying, students must select one emphasis area from the options below.

       

      Total Credits

      33-42

    • 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. It is strongly recommended that candidates complete their Behavior Analysis emphasis area courses prior to taking the core courses. ABA courses are taken in sequential order at a maximum of one course per session. See an advisor for more information.

      EDUU 692 The Science and Philosophical Underpinnings of Applied Behavior Analysis

      3

      EDUU 693 The Foundational Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis

      3

      EDUU 694 Using and Analyzing Measurement, Data and Experimental Design in Applied Behavior Analysis

      3

      EDUU 695 Assessment to Guide and Evaluate Intervention in Applied Behavior Analysis

      3

      EDUU 696 Selecting and Implementing Interventions for Behavior Change in Applied Behavior Analysis

      3

      EDUU 697 Program Oversight, Collaboration and Management in Applied Behavior Analysis

      3

      EDUU 698 Ethical Behavior and the Compliance Code for Applied Behavior Analysis   
      Total Credits

      21

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    Compared to a brick and mortar, Brandman* professors are more open and I was able to learn better from them. The online community is what kept me going. I think this is the first time in my life where I can say I am proud of myself. 
    Leonard W. | MA in Special Education, Behavior Analysis
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    Amy J.
    I took the Autism classes [through Brandman's* Extended Education] and found the passion of special education, which I really never thought of as an option. I finished the Autism program and enrolled in Brandman’s* Master of Special Education.  I have learned to reflect on my teaching and determine if I am reaching all students and on how to better reach any struggling students.
    Amy J. | MA, Special Education
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    kelly howell brandman
    My first experience with Brandman* was when I was a special education teacher when my district paired up with them for an autism certificate.  I liked it because I was able to still work and do everything else I needed to do.
    Kelly H. | MA, Educational Leadership and Administration
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global

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