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, and SPED 695.
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.