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M.A. in Special Education (Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism)

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Behavior Analyst Certification Board Verified Course Sequence
Master of Arts in Special Education LIDA

Program Overview

The Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism (LIDA) program is a blend of special education and applied behavior analysis coursework. This program has two degree options:

  • Master of Arts (thesis required)
  • Master of Arts (non-thesis)

Both degree types provide the academic foundations for becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds; students do not need to have an undergraduate degree in education. Students take two courses per semester and typically graduate with a degree in Special Education in two years.

Evening classes are offered at The Woodlands Center. Summer courses are offered in the late afternoons and early evenings.

See the BACB pass rates* at http://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/BCBA-pass-rates-alpha-2017.pdf

*Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

PLEASE NOTE: While a few courses in this program can be completed online through SHSU, attendance on campus is still required for all students.



Program Breakdown
Degree Type Master of Arts in Special Education - Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism (M.A.)
Length 36 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall (Priority Deadline: May 1st)
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