Master of Arts

Online Master of Arts in Exceptional Student Education

Specialize in Applied Behavior Analysis or Special Education.

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Meets curriculum requirements for multiple Applied Behavior Analysis certification exams
Choose between two specialization areas
Online format allows convenience and flexibility

Exceptional Student Education, M.A. Overview

The University of West Florida’s master’s in exceptional student education produces teachers, behavior analysts, administrators, related professionals and specialists in many areas of exceptional student education. Because our cohorts begin each semester, you can earn your degree quickly and pursue advancement in your field.

This program can lead to careers in instructional and leadership roles in special education or applied behavior analysis, both demanding yet highly rewarding fields. You could work in the industries of education, healthcare, business and more. Our mission is to cultivate decision-makers, problem solvers, critical thinkers, lifelong learners, counselors/mentors and, above all, ethical moral professionals.

One-on-one advising, comprehensive curriculum and our certified quality education provide you with the experience you need to succeed. From the beginning, a faculty mentor will provide you with career advice and advisement concerning professional issues. Coursework is offered in both synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous formats depending upon the selected specialization and courses.

Our specialization in applied behavior analysis provides courses meeting curriculum requirements for students seeking Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification, Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) certification, and International Behavior Analyst (IBA) for BCBA certification.

This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. (Washington Student Achievement Council Degree Authorization, Feb. 26, 2013)

Note: This online degree may not be available in all states. If you are an out-of-state student, please review our State Authorization Status to confirm that the program is available in your state.

Candidates for This Program Include:

  • Educators seeking career advancement in the field
  • Those who will later pursue Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification

You Will Be Able To:

  • Explain and analyze evidence-based instructional strategies designed to reduce learning barriers and increase engagement and learning for students with diverse learning needs.
  • Systematically evaluate research-based approaches and strategies and apply reflective practices to demonstrate commitment to learning from experience.
  • Develop logical, well-reasoned arguments to guide future curriculum, instructional, and assessment practices.
  • Develop advocacy for improving the educational experiences and outcomes of individuals with diverse learning needs.