Master of Arts in Special Ed, 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 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 may choose to earn a BCBA certificate only.
- $595 per credit hour, for total tuition of $24,395 (41 credit hours)
- 21 months of coursework
- Classes meet 2 nights a week, which is combined with additional online instruction. During the summer semester, a 6-week (30 hours per week) internship practicum will be completed concurrently with classes.
- The program is offered at Trinity's main campus in Palos Heights, Illinois
- 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 from an approved program from another state.
- 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 Trinity’s M.A. in Special Education 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||BCBA Supervised Practicum||4 credits|
* Denotes courses employing a blended format (face-to-face and online instruction).
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 may choose to earn BCBA certificate only. To earn the BCBA certificate, students would take one course a semester - 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.