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.
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.
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 https://admissions.arizona.edu/how-to-apply/international/english-proficiency to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test. The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.
https://admissions.arizona.edu/how-to-apply/international/english-proficiencyGRE 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 https://admissions.arizona.edu/how-to-apply/international/english-proficiency to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test.
Contact your advisor or program faculty for information by visiting the department web site at http://www.coe.arizona.edu/dps
Domestic Applicants: Fall admission February 15
Spring Admission: October 1
International Aplicants: Fall admission - December 1
Spring Admission: June 1
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