Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Special Education & ABA

Severe Program

Online 51 credit hours * 3 years

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
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Program Highlights & Benefits

Coursework balances research and practice, critical thinking and compassion

License-only option available

Prepares teachers for working with complex medical, communicative, cognitive, and developmental needs

Supports teachers in alternative and public settings

Embraces inclusive education for all students

Addresses current local and federal legal requirements

Networking opportunities and job placement support

Coursework meets the educational requirement to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam


Educators looking to become a special education teacher in the state of MA, and sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination to obtain an initial license in Severe Disabilities (All Levels)

What You Learn

  • Demonstrate skill in planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, managing classroom climate, promoting equity and meeting professional standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to connect, analyze, synthesize, and apply measurement data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to subject matter.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of child development.
  • Demonstrate acquisition of the knowledge, principles, and skills of Applied Behavior Analysis.

How You Learn

Online courses, around your schedule 

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for initial licensure in Severe Disabilities and able to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination.

Degree Requirements

Required Curriculum: Initial Licensure

Total Degree Requirements – 51 credits

ABA 510Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis3
ABA 520Supervision and Management3
ABA 525Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis3
ABA 534Measurement & Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Interventions I3
ABA 541Behavioral Assessment3
ABA 554Behavior Change Procedures3
ABA 565Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis3
ABA 699Comprehensive Review3
EDN 530Sheltered English Immersion *3
SPE 500Introduction to Teaching Special Education *3
SPE 505Inclusive Education *3
SPE 511Curriculum Development for Students with Severe Disabilities *3
SPE 515Reading Instruction for Special Education *3
SPE 525Assistive and Augmentative Technologies *3
SPE 540STEM Methods in Special Education3
SPE 550Curriculum and Assessment in Practice: Special Education (Pre-Practicum) *3
SPE 561Practicum in Severe Disabilities *3
SPE 566Reflective Seminar in Severe Disabilities *3
 Total Requirements 51

*Courses required for obtaining Initial Licensure in Severe Disabilities (All Levels)

Required Curriculum: Non-Licensure

*Electives are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor

Electives – 12 cr.

Total Degree Requirements – 36 credits

ECH 520Learning Through Play3
EDN 500Child and Adolescent Development3
ELM 530Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary Education3
MTH 540

Early Childhood and Elementary STEM Methods

RDL 500

Early Literacy Development

RDL 510

Children’s & Young Adult Literature

ECH 500 Instructional Strategies in Early Childhood3
SPE 505 

Inclusive Education

 Total Requirements 36
Please Note:

This is not an official schedule and your cohort may take these courses in a different order.