The Rosauer Center for Education Building

M.Ed. in Special Education

About This Program 

Do you feel called to serve young people with Special Needs? We have a track to empower you! Rise to the challenge and join our next cohort of candidates seeking training to address behavioral challenges and better serve the many students in need of more attention. At Gonzaga, our candidates will primarily work in these tracks:

  • General Special Education track: If you are a certified teacher, this track is the path to training in Special Education. Learn teaching techniques for working with a large array of disabilities and age range of children. This track is also highly sought by international students.
  • Functional Analysis track (BCBA)*: Our approved ABA course sequence allows candidates to complete our Master's program and set yourself up to become a licensed BCBA. Candidates undergo training to perform functional behavior assessments and gain applied research skills to improve educational outcomes for all students, regardless of disability.

Our M.Ed. in Special Education can be completed in a minimum of 32 credits typically spaced over 2 years. Working adults are welcome at GU. For more information on specific program tracks, please visit each page.

Program Approval & Verification

This is a statement provided by ABAI for us to use now that our program has been approved under the 5th edition task list:

“The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.”

Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) link for the handbook and eligibility requirements https://www.bacb.com/bcba/