About the Program

The Master of Education in Special Education program trains professionals to understand, diagnose, and develop interventions to address behavioral challenges often involved with special needs students in classrooms and other settings.

The M.Ed. in Special Education trains K-12 teachers and education professionals in behavior analysis.  Our goal is to empower individuals to make a difference in the lives of students, their families and within schools or other organizations.

We offer two emphases: General and Functional Analysis.

  • General Special Education Emphasis: Designed for credentialed K-12 Special Education teachers who have not earned a master’s degree. Expand your training through advanced coursework while developing a solid foundation in behavior analysis as it relates to classroom management.
  • BCBA Emphasis: Our course sequence has been approved by the Association of Behavior Analysts International (ABAI). This allows candidates to complete our Master's program and set themselves up to become a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Candidates undergo training to perform functional behavior assessments and gain applied research skills to improve educational outcomes for all students, regardless of disability.

Program Highlights

  • Competitive internship opportunities
  • Two-year program
  • Emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis
  • In depth, hands-on experiences with people who display severe problem behaviors
  • Courses delivered on campus
  • Provides training for working with people of all ages (toddlers through adults)

Our Faculty

Anjali Barretto, Ph.D.

Professor of Special Education, & Director of M. Ed. Special Education and BCBA

Jennifer Neyman

Lecturer of Special Education

Kimberly Weber

Kimberly Weber, Ph.D.

Professor of Special Education, & Department Chair of Special Education; Director of B.Ed. Special Education

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