Master of Arts: Special Education, LBS II and BACB® approved course sequence
The Master of Arts in Special Education LBS II program at Trinity Christian College leads to a Learning Behavior Specialist II (LBS II) Behavior Intervention Specialist endorsement from the state of Illinois, and includes an Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc® (BACB) approved course sequence meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® (BCBA). The program also includes a BACB® approved intensive practicum.
Students who already have a Master's in Education, Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis have the opportunity to take only the BACB® approved courses to become eligible to take the BCBA Examination.
Overview & Tuition
Students completing the program will be qualified to teach in a variety of educational settings serving children with low incidence disabilities and children on the Autism Spectrum ages 3-22, as well as act as a Behavior Intervention Specialist in a variety of special education or general education settings.
Students with a Master's in Education, Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis may choose to take only the BACB approved courses (one course a semester) to be eligible to take the BCBA exam.
- $610 per credit hour, for total tuition of $27,450 (45 credit hours)
The program is offered every fall on our main campus in Palos Heights, Illinois, and can be completed in less than 2-years.
Classes meet 2 nights a week, which is combined with additional online instruction.
- An LBS I endorsement (Pre-K through age 21) on a Professional Educator License from the state of Illinois, an LBS II license in Deaf and Hard of Hearing or Visual Impairments, or a special education degree and teaching license from another state and approved program.
- One year of teaching experience in special education setting
- GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) or better in your undergraduate program.
- Two letters of recommendation, including one from a principal or supervisor
- Complete the Graduate Studies application for admission
- Submit the $50 application fee
Courses in the program are arranged in sequence to build upon previous ones. Students cannot drop into each course at random; they must complete the program in the sequence specified. Students who complete all requirements receive a Master of Arts in Special Education with LBS II License, upon successful completion of the state tests and BCBA certification upon successful completion of the BCBA test.
|SPED 517||Tests and Measurements: Assessing Students with Special Needs||3 credits|
|SPED 510||Applied Behavior Analysis *||6 credits|
|SPED 520||Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis||3 credits|
|SPED 525||Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities Age 3-22 *||6 credits|
|SPED 530||Communication and Collaboration in Special Education *||3 credits|
|SPED 540||Behavioral, Social, Problem-solving and Performance Supports||3 credits|
|SPED 680||Research in Special Education: Thesis Project Design *||3 credits|
|SPED 545||Strategies, Methods, Interventions and Approaches to Teaching Reading, Math, Writing and Content Area Information *||6 credits|
|SPED 685||Master’s Thesis Project||4 credits|
|SPED 695||Practicum I||4 credits|
|SPED 696||Practicum II||4 credits|
|Total Credit Hours:||45 credits|
* Blended courses that combine face-to-face and online components.
Note: if students have already taken Trinity Christian College’s LBS I master’s degree program SPED 525 and SPED 530 may be waived.
Students with a Master's in Education, Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis may choose to take only the BACB approved courses (one course a semester) to be eligible to take the BCBA exam. Courses are: SPED 510, SPED 520, SPED 540, SPED 545, SPED 695 and SPED 696.
The Graduate Studies department has rolling admissions and there is no set deadline for application materials. There are a limited number of seats in each cohort, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.