An Innovative Approach to Inclusive Learning that Spans a Lifetime

Online Graduate Programs in
Education, Autism Spectrum Disorders,
and Applied Behavior Analysis

The special education master’s and graduate certificate programs at George Mason University provides you with the skills needed to successfully enhance opportunities for people with disabilities. The programs are rooted in evidence-based and research-based practices, which lead to success in a wide variety of settings including schools, private practice, agencies, and even home environments.

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MEd in Special Education | ASD Graduate Certificate | ABA Graduate Certificate

MEd in Special Education Snapshot:

There are four foundational courses. Students will complete these four courses in conjunction with two selected focus areas: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis. Descriptions of those focus areas are outlined below.

  • 24
  • 30
    Credit Hours
  • Licensure*
  • Program can be
    completed in 2 years
  • 10 courses including
    4 core courses
  • Non-licensure in VA;
    Check with your state for
    licensure regulations

Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate Snapshot:

This certificate does not require any field experience (internship or practicum). Instead, the coursework has built-in simulations and application activities to aid in experiential learning. The program can be a stand-alone certificate or a specialization of the Master’s program.

  • 18
  • 18
    Credit Hours
  • Licensure*
  • Program can be
    completed in 1.5 years
  • 6 Asynchronous Courses
  • Non-licensure program

Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Snapshot:

Course content is derived from the Task List published by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB™) and is verified to meet course requirements to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Examination**. The program can be a stand-alone certificate or a specialization of the Master’s program.

  • 18
  • 21
    Credit Hours
  • Licensure***
  • Program can be
    completed in 1.5 years
  • 7 Asynchronous Courses
  • Non-licensure teacher program;
    Prepares you to sit for BACB™
    exam if supervised
    experience requirements
    have been met
VCS Program

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the ABA courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.


Evidence-Based Learning

Student-centered learning, not faculty-centered teaching.

Our research-based curriculum is designed to develop your proficiency in the competencies necessary for future success in special education, autism spectrum disorders, or applied behavior analysis. The coursework is regularly assessed and adjusted in response to:

  • Student Proficiency LogoDemonstrated student proficiency
  • Alumni Success LogoEvidence of alumni career success
  • Employer Guidance LogoPurposeful guidance of the organizations we serve
  • Scientific LogoScientific advances in the disciplines
  • Faculty Research LogoRenowned faculty experience with research and practice backgrounds


"The faculty were very engaged with the students and clearly interested in our success. They were very knowledgeable in the subject area and clearly passionate about their field. They were incredibly responsive to questions as well."

— Beth Felsen, Owner, Spectrum Transition Coaching


Master of Education in Special Education

The online master's degree in special education prepares classroom educators, and individuals working in a special education context outside of the classroom, with the specialized skills and content knowledge needed to support individuals with disabilities. Becoming an expert practitioner through advanced training enhances your employability and opens the door for new opportunities.

“In the military, you learn how to align people who have strengths in areas that help the unit function very efficiently. This program also teaches you to provide people within an organization the ability to improve their skills through different means.”

Vinnie J., student, 2019

“I have been very impressed with the level of rigor and course material. My experience in the military directly aligns with the teaching.”

Aseba G., student, 2020

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Professional Licensure Disclosure

Professional Licensure Disclosure. This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool ( for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.