Four concentrations available:

Applied Behavioral Analysis: This concentration is designed to prepare students to work with children with autism and related developmental disabilities and provide behavioral therapy techniques to ensure their success both in and out of the classroom. The program provides highly specialized coursework in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis and qualifies students to pursue careers as Board Certified Behavior Analysts once post-baccalaureate requirements on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board are met, including supervised clinical hours.

Educational Studies (non-licensure): This concentration is designed for students who are seeking a Bachelor of General Studies degree but are not seeking licensure. Non-licensure educational studies courses will not substitute for courses within the Teacher Education program of study and will not lead to any kind of teaching licensure. Upon completion of this program, students will qualify to pursue a career as an educator in either Elementary Education (grades 4-6), Secondary Education (specific discipline grades 7-12), or Special Education (mild/moderate disabilities k-12) through participation in an accredited Alternate Route program.

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation: This concentration prepares students to pursue careers in fields related to teaching physical education and health in school systems through an accredited Alternate Route program, as recreational leaders in nursing homes and other similar facilities, and counselors/instructors in employment where fitness and health are of primary importance. Students can earn this degree by completing 36 hours in this concentration alone or by completing 18 hours in this concentration along with an additional 18 hour concentration, provided that university core and elective hours have been met.

Special Education: This program prepares students to pursue careers working with children who possess a wide range of exceptional learning needs due to learning, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The program prepares students for MS teaching licensure through participation in an accredited Alternate Route program. Non-MS students must refer to their state’s requirements for obtaining teaching licensure.

Program Overview


Completion of this program requires 128 total hours, including two concentrations of 18 hours each from the list above, in addition to the required university core and electives for undergraduate degrees. Career technical hours from community college may be used in place of electives where applicable.

Delivery Method

This is a 100% online program. Online courses are delivered via Canvas and are designed to be flexible and convenient for working students.

Applicant Prerequisites & Requirements

Prospective students must:
Meet all undergraduate admissions requirements of the University
Complete an online application & pay application fee
Submit official transcripts via eScript or mailed from the institution


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