Residency based emotional & behavioral disorders teaching licensure & M.Ed.

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Residency based emotional & behavioral disorders teaching licensure & M.Ed.

Become licensed to teach students with EBD while working as a paraprofessional in an EBD classroom

Candidates will complete a nonconventional residency-based program that will incorporate on-line and traditional classroom instruction with residency-based coaching in classrooms that serve students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). You will leave the program not only an excellent teacher prepared for a job working with students with severe EBD, but also a leader prepared to implement the most effective evidence-based practices and promote the success of your students.

To apply, you must be employed as a paraprofessional in a level III of IV classroom by one of our partner school districts and include a written recommendation from the district with your application.

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E.B.D. alumni, Brittany Beaudette, works with students in an EBD classroom. Read more.

Rated #8 in the nation among special education graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2017


Graduates of the EBD licensure program:

  • Teach in EBD classrooms
  • Consult with special and general education teachers and evaluation team members
  • Serve students pk-21 with severe emotional behavior disorders from a variety of cultural, linguistic and socio-economic background


The non-conventional emotional & behavioral disorders licensure and special education M.Ed. program require the completion of 36 credits. Your total number of required credits may vary based on previous educational experience or licensures.

Download a sample plan of an EBD course schedule.


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  • Establishing systems to promote collaboration between staff members working in self-contained EBD classrooms
  • Alternative pathways to special education teacher licensure
  • Using Multi-Tiered Systems of Support to creative inclusive school climates for transgender and gender diverse students
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Jennifer McComasAssociate department chair, head emotional behavioral disorders licensure & M.Ed. program

  • Functional analysis of problem behavior in educational and residential settings
  • Basic behavioral processes maintaining desirable and undesirable behavior, such as schedules of reinforcement, stimulus control, and establishing operations
  • Behavioral treatment of problem behavior based on concurrent schedules of reinforcement as well as antecedent stimuli
  • Analysis of academic performance of students with behavior problems