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. It also has a course sequence approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc® that meets the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® (BCBA).
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 who already have a Master's in Education can choose to only take the courses approved by BACB® to be eligible for the BCBA Exam. This would involve one course each semester. Additional details under the "Courses" tab.
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 who already have a Master's in Education can choose to only take the courses approved by BACB® to be eligible for the BCBA Exam. This would involve one course each 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.