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M.A. Special Education: Behavior Intervention Specialist (+ABAI VCS & LBS II: BIS Endorsement Sequence)

If you’re seeking. . .

  • MA in Special Education, Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Eligibility to sit for the BCBA Certification
  • ISBE entitlement: LBS II: BIS

You’ll need. . .

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Illinois LBS I endorsement on valid teaching license (Pre-K to Age 21)
  • One year of teaching experience

Trinity Christian College’s Master of Arts in Special Education Behavior Intervention Specialist program offers a unique opportunity for multiple accomplishments. Trinity’s program is the only special education master’s degree program in the state of Illinois to combine the Learning Behavior Specialist II (LBS II): Behavior Intervention Specialist endorsement with the The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) approved course sequence which allows our eligible teaching licensed students to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® (BCBA).

Through the program, you will understand more deeply the wide range of difficult behaviors you already see in your classroom or profession and learn how to create behavior intervention plans based on observable data that will lead to significant behavioral change. You will also learn the technical language and principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and their applications to prepare you for the BCBA® exam. The coursework focuses on applying behavioral analysis in schools or classrooms and in settings supporting children or adults with developmental disabilities.

As a member of Trinity’s Christian community, you will wrestle with difficult ethical questions, as well as what it means to treat every person with dignity and value. Instead of seeing behavioral traits as strengths or weaknesses, our program’s focus is on providing strategies and creating opportunities where each student continues to grow and flourish.

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Start Dates & Format

Classes meet one-night a week on Trinity’s Palos Heights campus and begin once a year in late August. The program operates on a year-round schedule and can be completed in two years. The program is structured as a cohort model, so you will progress through each course with the same group of students. Cohort sizes are typically small with 10-15 students in each.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for 2018-2019 is $722 per credit hour. Total tuition for 41-credit hours is $29,602. Learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities on our Financial Aid pages.

Application for Admission

For admissions to this program, visit our Graduate Admissions page.