Earn your Master’s in Special Education, LBS II endorsement and BCBA certificate in two years.

The Master of Arts in Special Education LBS II program prepares students to get their LBS II Behavior Intervention Specialist endorsement from the State of Illinois and to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certificate.

Earn a M.A. in Special Education and LBS II license in two years. Call or request information today.

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Overview & Tuition

Students completing the program will be qualified to teach in a variety of educational settings serving children with low incidence disabilities andchildrenon 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 on the same evenings throughout the entire program. The face-to-face classes meet one evening per week; blended classes combine online instruction and class meetings.
  • The program is offered at Trinity's main campus in Palos Heights, Illinois



  • An LBS I certificate from the state of Illinois, an LBS II certificate 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.

Start Dates

Start Dates

  • Fall

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.