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Special Education (MA) - Behavior Support 
Program Description

Thank you for your interest in the Behavior Support program at The University of Arizona. This fully online program leads to an MA in Special Education. The 36-unit curriculum includes all of the coursework required to take the exam offered by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). It does not lead to teacher certification.

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Dept of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies -

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies.

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.

The Graduate College requires an Application for Admission submitted online, along with an application fee.

The department requires the following documents to be submitted through your online application:

·      One Official Transcripts of all previous college work from each college or university previously attended being sent Attention: Cecilia Carlon at the College of Education at P.O. Box 210069, Tucson, AZ 85721-0069.  You are also welcome to bring official copies to Room 414 at the College of Education.

·          International students must provide a TOEFL score of minimum 79, and scores cannot be older than two years. The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.

·         Three letters of recommendation from persons who have direct knowledge of your academic and/or professional performance and potential for graduate study. These letters should be recent. It is preferable to have letters of recommendation that are specific to admission to our program and your recommenders will be able to upload letters through this venue. (Look for instructions below)

Your application will be considered once you have submitted all required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be automatically denied. Once your application has been submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to this account and opening this application. Please do not call the department regarding the status of your application. You will be notified via email as soon as a decision has been reached.



College of Education  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Cecilia Carlon
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cecilia Carlon
Director of Graduate Studies
Carl J Liaupsin
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lauren Joiner
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
3 letters of recommendation. Applicant may use employers and professors as references.
1 Statement of purpose / autobiographical essay - (1-2 pages, double spaced)

Submit official transcripts of all previous college work from each college of university previously attended.

English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 79 internet based (iBT), 550 paper based (PB), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6). Individual departments may require a higher score and may have minimum score requirements by test module that must be met to qualify for admission. Please review our English Proficiency information at to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test. The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.




Standardized Tests scores not required

International Students Only
Minimum TOEFL: 79 (IBT) 550 (PB) or
Minimum IELTS: Composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6)

Please review our English Proficiency information at  to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test.

Financial Aid

Contact your advisor or program faculty for information by visiting the department web site at

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:  Fall admission February 15 

Spring Admission:  October 1

International Aplicants:  Fall admission - December 1

Spring Admission:  June 1

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

36 semester hours of coursework


1. BA from an accredited institution

2. Experience with and access to persons with disabilities

3. Must not be seeking state certification as a special education teacher


Must take the following  three unit courses:

500 Foundations of Special Education and Rehabilitation

502 Behavior Principles and Disability: Assessment and Intervention

503 Special Services in the Schools

504 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners

529a Advanced Positive Behavior Support

529b Advanced Positive Behavior Support

552 Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis

553 Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis

556 Research Methods in Education

590 Single Subject Research Design

597E Consultation and Collaboration for Special Needs Students,

909 Master’s Project

Minor Requirements



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Last revised 11 Sep 2017