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Master of Education in Special Education Applied Behavior Analysis Degree Plan

Educators and professionals working with people with disabilities in schools, community service agencies, clinics as well as residential settings wishing to obtain knowledge and expertise in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis can get their master’s in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis at UHV online. We offer an Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Verified Course Sequence that meets the Fourth Edition coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® Examination.

Students seeking certification as a behavior analyst will have to independently complete supervision experience hours to qualify to sit for the exam. To view the additional supervised experience requirements set by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board ® go to their website. Click here for information about BCBA examination pass rate. Pass rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

Please note that the completion of the certification process to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® is independent of the University of Houston – Victoria.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified our Fifth Edition course sequence that meets the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination.

Students entering in the Spring of 2020 will be the last students enrolled on the SPED/ABA degree plan covering the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® Fourth Edition Task List. This is to assure students plenty of time to complete their degree by Summer of 2021 when we will no longer be offering courses under the Fourth Edition Task List. Summer 2020 we will begin offering classes from the Fifth Edition Task List. All students starting in the Summer of 2020 and beyond will take classes under the Fifth Edition Task List. The following chart is a side-by-side comparison of the degree plan with the Fourth Edition Course Sequence and the degree plan with the Fifth Edition Course Sequence.

SPED ABA Degree Plan 4th Edition Task List 39 hoursSPED ABA Degree Plan 5th Edition Task List 39 hours
Core Classes – 9 hours:
  • CUIN 6321 OR CUIN 6322 OR CUIN 6332
    Curriculum Dev/Organization/Multicultural
  • FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research
  • FEDU 6331 Human Growth & Development
Core Classes – 6 hours:
  • FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research
  • FEDU 6331 Human Growth & Development
Major Concentration – 12 hours:
  • SPED 6321 Introduction to Special Education
  • SPED 6334 Diagnostic Teaching, Assistive
    Technology and Instructional Strategies
  • SPED 6326 Programming & Collaboration
  • SPED 6327 Appraisal, Instructional Coaching &
    Collaboration
Major Concentration – 12 hours
  • SPED 6321 Introduction to Special Education
  • SPED 6334 Diagnostic Teaching, Assistive
    Technology and Instructional Strategies
  • SPED 6326 Programming & Collaboration
  • SPED 6327 Appraisal, Instructional Coaching &
    Collaboration
ABA Requirements – 18 hours
Verified Course Sequence
  • SPED 6331 Behavior Assessment & Adjustment of
    Exceptional Children and Youth
  • SPED 6325 Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPED 6332 Principles of Behavior for the
    Educator
  • SPED 6338 Behavior Intervention Procedures for
    Educators
  • SPED 6336 Behavior Applications Focus on
    Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • SPED 6335 Ethical and Professional Conduct for
    the Applied Behavior Analyst
ABA Requirements – 21 hours
Verified Course Sequence
  • SPED 6331 Behavior Assessment & Adjustment of
    Exceptional Children and Youth
  • SPED 6325 Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SPED 6332 Principles of Behavior for the
    Educator
  • SPED 6338 Behavior Intervention Procedures for
    Educators
  • SPED 6335 Ethical and Professional Conduct for
    the Applied Behavior Analyst
  • SPED 6340 Philosophical and Historical
    Foundations of Behavior Analysis
  • SPED 6346 Supervision and the Behavior Change
    Program

Students who have a Master’s Degree and are interested in completing the Verified Course Sequence requirements only, apply as non-degree seeking students.

Please note that the completion of the certification process to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® is independent of the University of Houston – Victoria.

Students are required to take comprehensive exams the semester before they intend to graduate or the semester they intend to graduate. Students will have to make arrangements to come to a testing site in Victoria or Katy to complete this requirement.

Master Comprehensive Exam Information

Official degree plan will need to be completed with your Faculty Advisor and Educator Preparation Office (EPO) staff. All required signatures must be recorded before it is official.

Course Rotation
Includes all graduate special education courses.  Not all courses are required for your concentration. For information regarding the rotation for LITY courses see LITY Course Rotations.

Fall, Spring and Summer

  • CUIN 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization
  • CUIN 6332 Education in a Multicultural Society
  • FEDU 6331 Human Growth and Development

Fall and Spring

  • CUIN 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development
  • FEDU 6321 Foundations of Education Research

Summer

  • SPED 6321 Introduction to Special Education
  • SPED 6334 Diagnostic Teaching, Assistive Technology and Instructional Strategies
  • SPED 6335 Ethical and Professional Conduct for the Applied Behavior Analyst 
  • SPED 6336 Behavior Applications: Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities 
  • SPED 6340 Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Behavior Analysis

Fall

  • SPED 6325 Applied Behavior Analysis ** 
  • SPED 6327 Appraisal, Instructional Coaching and Collaboration for Students with Disabilities
  • SPED 6332 Principals of Behavior for the Educator ***
  • SPED 6337 Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • SPED 6345: Intellectual Assessment

Spring

  • SPED 6305: Educational Diagnostician Practicum ****
  • SPED 6326 Programming and Collaboration
  • SPED 6331 Behavioral Adjustment of Exceptional Children and Youth ** 
  • SPED 6338 Behavior Intervention Procedures for Educators ***
  • SPED 6339 Communication Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • SPED 6344: Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities ****
  • SPED 6346 Supervision and the Behavior Change Program

** SPED 6331 is a prerequisite for SPED 6325. SPED 6331 must be completed prior to starting SPED 6325 regardless of concentration/major.

*** SPED 6332 is a prerequisite for SPED 6338.

**** must have completed SPED 6345 prior to taking this class.

Students are required to take comprehensive exams the semester before they intend to graduate or the semester they intend to graduate. Students may have to make arrangements to come to a testing site in Victoria or Katy to complete this requirement (depending on degree).

For more information about the program, or questions contact us:
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Phone: (361) 570-4371 or toll free (877) 970-4848 x4371
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