Master of Arts in Special Education: Behavior Intervention Specialist
Includes BACB® Approved Course Sequence and Practicum
Trinity Christian College’s Master of Arts in Special Education: Behavior Intervention Specialist program offers a unique opportunity for multiple accomplishments. Trinity’s program is the only special education master’s degree program in the state of Illinois to combine the Learning Behavior Specialist II (LBS II): Behavior Intervention Specialist endorsement with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc® (BACB) approved course sequence (including the 750- hour intensive practicum!) which allows our students to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® (BCBA).
Through the program, you will understand more deeply the wide range of difficult behaviors you already see in your classroom or profession and learn how to create behavior intervention plans based on observable data that will lead to significant behavioral change. You will also learn the technical language and principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and their applications to prepare you for the BACB® exam. The Trinity coursework focuses on applying behavioral analysis in schools or classrooms and in settings supporting children or adults with developmental disabilities.
As a member of Trinity’s Christian community, you will wrestle with difficult ethical questions, as well as what it means to treat every person with dignity and value. Instead of seeing behavioral traits as strengths or weaknesses, our program’s focus is on providing strategies and creating opportunities where each student continues to grow and flourish.
If you already have a master’s degree in Education, Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis, you can join the program to take to take only the BACB® approved courses and practicum to become eligible to take the BCBA Examination.
Dates & Tuition
Classes begin once a year in late August. The program operates on a year-round schedule and can be completed in two years.
Students take three courses per semester, both in person and online, and attend classes one night a week during the first year and two nights a week during the second year (due to the intensity of the supervised practicum).
The program is structured as a cohort model, so you will progress through each course with the same group of students. Cohort sizes are typically small with 15-20 students in each.
Per credit hour: $722
41 credit hours
Total Tuition: $29,602
If you are just taking the BACB-sequence of courses, the total tuition would be $22,382 for 31 credit hours.
Courses in the program are arranged in a set sequence to build upon previous ones. The complete Master of Arts: Special Education BIS includes the following courses:
SPED 515- Ethics & Professionalism of Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours)
SPED 511- Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours)
SPED 523- Behavioral Support in Schools (3 credit hours)
SPED 520- Behavior Analytic Measurement and Research (3 credit hours)
SPED 512- Applied Behavior Analysis II (3 credit hours)
SPED 550- Behavior Change Procedures (3 credit hours)
SPED 555- Behavior Assessment (3 credit hours)
SPED 560- Implementation & Supervision in Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours)
SPED 692- ABA Supervised Summer Practicum (2 credit hours)
EDUC 680- Research in Education: Project Design (3 credit hours)
SPED 693- ABA Supervised Fall Practicum (4 credit hours)
EDUC 685- Master’s Thesis Project (4 credit hours)
SPED 694- ABA Supervised Spring Practicum (4 credit hours)
Total credit hours: 41
To enter the master’s program, you will need the following:
- Bachelor's degree (GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale)
- One year of teaching or intervention experience
- Professional Educator License with LBS I endorsement if seeking LBS II: BIS endorsement
To take only the BACB® approved course sequence and practicum, you will need the following:
- Master’s degree in Education, Psychology, or Applied Behavior Analysis
Trinity has a rolling admissions with no set deadline to apply. There are, however, a limited number of seats in each cohort. We recommend completing the application process by June 1 reserve your seat. To apply, you need to do the following:
- Complete the online application at apply.trnty.edu with the $50 application fee.
- Submit official, sealed transcripts from your undergraduate program.
- Submit 2 letters of recommendation (including one from a current or former principal or supervisor).
Trinity's LBS II: BIS program is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Students who begin the coursework in Fall 2017 will be under new program requirements pending approval by ISBE.
Trinity's LBS II: BIS program is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc® (BACB). Students who begin the coursework in Fall 2017 will be under new program requirements pending approval by BACB.