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Education Major/Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration (B.A.)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) employs procedures based on scientific research, systematic instruction, and empirical data to teach the language, social, behavioral skills, etc. needed by persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Endorsed by the United States Surgeon General, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) employs procedures based on scientific research, systematic instruction, and empirical data to teach the language, social, behavioral skills, etc. needed by persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Students pursuing the undergraduate concentration in ABA are eligible to sit for the national board certification examination at the assistant level and are highly employable in a number of areas, including: schools, homes, institutions, group homes, and hospitals. Note: The ABA concentration does not lead to public school licensure or certification.

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 127

 

Freshman - Credits: 35

  • Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • Liberal Studies Elective 1   (Cr:3)
BIO 115/115L - Biosphere and Lab (Cr: 4)
EC 101 - Endicott Transitions (Cr: 1)
ED 101 - Introduction to Education (Cr: 3)
ED 102 - Curriculum Theory and Instruction (Cr: 3)
ENG 101 - College Writing Seminar (Cr: 3)
HST 101 - Western Civilization I (Cr: 3)
or HST 102 - Western Civilization II (Cr: 3)
Satisfies World Cultures General Education Requirement INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
LST 100 - Seminar in Academic Inquiry (Cr: 3)
MTH 106 - Principles of Mathematics for Educators I (Cr: 3)
or MTH 107 - Principles of Mathematics for Educators II (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement PHY 116/116L - Nature of the Universe and Lab (Cr: 4)
Satisfies Science and Technology General Education Requirement

Sophomore - Credits: 32

  • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives   (Cr: 6)
  • Electives   (Cr: 6)
  • Liberal Studies Elective 2   (Cr: 3)
ED 203 - Introduction to Children with Special Needs (Cr: 3)
ED 210 - Integrating Technology into the Classroom (Cr: 3)
INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
POL 213 - American Government and Politics (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Global Issues General Education Requirement PSY 200 - Child and Adolescent Psychology (Cr: 3)
or PSY 204 - Child Growth and Development (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Individual and Society General Education Requirement

Junior - Credits: 30

  • General Education Elective above the 100 level   (Cr:3)
  • Elective   (Cr:3)
  • Liberal Studies Elective 3   (Cr: 3)
ABA 280 - Introduction to the Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (Cr: 3)
ABA 310 - Assessment in Behavior Analysis (Cr: 3)
ABA 332 - Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis (Cr: 3)
ABA 345 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (Cr: 3)
ED 339 - Designing and Assessing Teaching and Learning (Cr: 3)
ENG 226 - Early American History and Literature (Cr: 3)
ENG 312 - Literature for Children (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement

Senior - Credits: 30

  • General Education Elective above the 100 level   (Cr: 3)
  • Liberal Studies Elective 4   (Cr:3)
  • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr:3)
ABA 400 - Practicum in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis I (Cr: 12)
ABA 450 - Practicum in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis II (Cr: 3)
LSE 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
LSE 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: )

Liberal Studies Electives 1 &2: Social Sciences

Choose two courses from the following areas.  At least one needs to be at the 300 level or above:

Communication
Criminal Justice
Economics
Geography
Human Services
International Studies
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology

Liberal Studies Electives 3 & 4: Arts & Humanities

Choose two courses from the following areas. At least one needs to be at the 300 level or above:
 

American Studies
Arabic
Art
Chinese
Dance
Drama
English
French
History
Liberal Studies
Music
Philosophy
Religion
Spanish

Internships

Endicott Education students complete two internships during their freshman and sophomore years. Senior year students complete a full semester internship in the fall and an additional shorter internship in the spring.  Internships are readily available through Endicott’s partner sites such as Melmark New England, North Reading, MA; CrossRoads School for Children, Natick, MA; The ACCEPT Collaborative, Beverly, MA.

Careers

Applied Behavior Analysis is designed to comply with the standards of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB®) so that graduates are eligible to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA®) certification. This credential will be of interest primarily to students in the education, psychology, and human services programs who are interested in working with children with special needs. The strong job market, and competitive salary, for individuals able to work in this field will support Endicott's internship program and career placements.

Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the science of human behavior

Students will state the underlying assumptions and goals of functional analysis and cite the relevant research literature that supports these assumptions and goals

Students will explain the different types of functional assessment, including indirect and direct assessment methodologies, and they will cite the relevant research literature supporting them

Students will outline the possible functions a problem behavior might serve and design appropriate assessment conditions to test such functions

display competency in conducting evidence-based teaching practices with children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum

Students will exhibit an understanding of the learning and behavioral deficits related to Autism Spectrum Disorder
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