A minimum of 36 semester units of coursework is required for a Master of Arts in Special Education and an Education Specialist credential. All candidates must receive advisement and an education plan must be developed prior to admissions to the program.
The program includes 14 core units and 22 elective units that can be chosen from select FPU Preliminary Education Specialist Credential courses as well as an extensive list of electives. Up to 9 units may be transferred from another university. Courses include traditional, online, and blended format.
Disability Service Providers
The Master of Arts in Special Education emphasis for disability service providers prepares individuals serving those with exceptionalities outside of the school setting or otherwise serving in capacities that do not require an Education Specialist credential. The program is 32 units that includes the core 14 units and 18 elective units.
All coursework is available in an online format for distance learners
Master of Arts in Special Education & BCBA
Those wishing to earn both a Masters of Arts in Special Education with Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, a total of 60 units must be completed. Candidates are required to complete the 14 core units, complete 18 elective units, and a total of 28 BCBA units. Dr. Lisa Keith, MA Program Director and an assigned BCBA Field Supervisor will provide advising
Lisa Keith, Psy.D.
- Application form and fee
- Educational Plan
- Three letters of reference and forms
- Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
- Verification of negative TB test (within last 12 months)
- Academic Writing Sample
- Certificate of Clearance
Master Of Arts Core
|SPEC-603||Theology of Disability||1|
|SPEC-708||Abstract, Critical, and Technical Writing*||2|
|SPEC-796||Leadership and Communication||1|
|ED-779||Values in School and Society||3|
|EDRH-795||Research Methods in Education||3|
|EDRH-794||Thesis Introduction and Literature Review*||3|
* Students must be concurrently enrolled in SPEC-708 when taking EDRH-794.
Master of Arts Course Requirements for Disability Service Providers (18 units)
|SPEC-749||Physical, Health and Intellectual Impairments (Fall)||3|
|SPEC-707||Comparative Development and Field Study (Fall)||3|
|SPEC 602||Special Education Law and Ethics (Spring)||3|
|SPEC-760||Collaboration, Consultation and Inclusion (Spring)||3|
|SPEC-755||Autism Spectrum Disorders (Summer)||3|
|SPEC-770||Foundations for Working with Students with ED (Summer)||3|
Master of Arts Course Requirements with Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) (28 units)
A total of 60 units include Masters courses (14 units). A total of 18 elective units must be completed in addition to twenty-eight (28) BCBA units that are listed below.
|PPP-734||Early Intervention and Behavior Assessment||3|
|PPP-739||Advanced Behavior Assessment, Autistic Spectrum||3|
|PPP-740||Advanced Procedure Behavior Change/ Support||3|
|PPP-793B||BCBA Supervised Experience (1,000 hours of supervision) **||10|