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Fall 2021 Semester

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What You Learn

At Kean, you will develop an evidenced-based approach to teaching students with disabilities through the use of empirically validated principles of learning to design, implement, and evaluate individualized teaching procedures.

  • Study the science behind learning and behavior
  • Design, implement and evaluate individualized teaching procedures
  • Model and implement approaches both in the university and school settings
  • Examine ethical considerations for students
  • Develop in-depth knowledge and critical skills in the application of intervention strategies
  • Engage in a systemic approach to improve the quality of life of your students

Kean's multidisciplinary special education programs rely on the latest research and best practices to provide you with the tools needed for success in the classroom, both yours and your students.

Application Deadlines:

Fall: June 30
Spring: December 1

For more information, please call (908) 737-3850.

Admission Requirements

If you have admissions questions, contact Graduate Admissions at or (908) 737-4723.

Special Education - Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders (M.A.)

Special Education - Autism and Developmental Disabilities (M.A.)

Special Education - Learning and Behavioral Disabilities (M.A.)

Certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities (two tracks)

Post-Master’s Certification - Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Post-Master's Certification - Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC)

The growing prevalence of autism

The latest study released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the rate of children identified with an autism spectrum disorder has risen to 1 in 59 children nationally and 1 in 34 children in New Jersey. The state prevalence rate is up 19 percent.

"An urgent public health concern," according to the CDC, the ASD rate has tripled since 2000. New Jersey's numbers continue to exceed and outpace other states, likely due to better awareness and diagnosis, as well as the elimination of racial disparities in evaluations still present elsewhere, and more girls being identified.

The Surgeon General released a report confirming that applied behavior analysis (ABA) is one of a few scientifically valid treatments for autism. “Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior,” said U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, Ph.D.

"Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General"  is available at :

Autism NJ 

1 in 34

Rate of children identified with an autism spectrum disorder in New Jersey

After Kean

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most special education teachers work in public schools, teaching students from preschool to high school. Others work in private schools, childcare services and other institutions. Many work the traditional 10-month school year, but some work year round.

What can you do with this degree? says there are many career options with an M.A. in special education

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Verified Course Sequence

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has verified the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®:

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.

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