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Applied Behavior Analysis (M.Ed.)

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The courses inform students about state-of-the-art special education strategies to increase student success and teacher effectiveness. The program includes courses in Applied Behavior Analysis that fulfill the educational requirements for the internationally recognized certification offered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

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The M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis was developed as an option for students interested in completing the requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam in an accelerated format.  The program is a 36-credit degree that includes 21 credits of required core academic courses and 6 credits of Intensive Practicum, which combined meet the Behavior Analysis Certification Board’s requirements to sit for the BCBA exam.  The degree also includes 9 credits of elective courses in the areas of Special Education, Autism, and Organizational Behavior Management.  It is designed in a Cohort Model to be completed in a 15-month period.  Courses will be scheduled throughout the academic year, including the Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer 1 and Summer 2 terms.  Cohorts may begin during any semester as the need arises and sufficient students are identified.  If approved, Cohorts may include students at various Partner Programs, with classes taught in a synchronous live On-Line format.

ELIGIBILITY.  The program is open to all applicants holding a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution of higher education.  All applicants to the program will be required to complete the full Van Loan School application process.

INTENSIVE PRACTICUM.  Students applying to the program are required to complete the BACB experience requirement through the Intensive Practicum option outlined by the BACB.  Students accepted into the M.Ed. in ABA degree program must be employed by, or have arranged for a practicum experience, that allows for sufficient hours to complete the BACB required practicum experience.  Such students will complete two semesters of Intensive Practicum (ABA 555 & 568).  The student’s Academic Advisor must approve the practicum site.  The site must employ a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who meets the Institute for Behavioral Studies and Behavior Analysis Certification Board’s supervisory standards, and is willing to serve as an Institute for Behavioral Studies Adjunct Professor to mentor the practicum experience.  Students may schedule their practicum experience, with the consent of their Academic Advisor during anyone of five semesters during which they are enrolled.

 Required Courses:  
ABA 510 Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr
ABA 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr
ABA 534 Measurement & Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Interventions I 3 cr
ABA 541 Behavioral Assessment 3 cr
ABA 554 Behavior Change Procedures and System Supports 3 cr
ABA 565 Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr
ABA 584 Measurement & Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Interventions II 3 cr
ABA 699 Comprehensive Exam 0 cr
Total Core Requirements
21 cr
ABA 555 Intensive Practicum / Seminar I 3 cr
ABA 568 Intensive Practicum / Seminar II
3 cr
AUT 527 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder 3 cr
AUT 537 Developing Individualized Goals for Learners with Autism 3 cr
AUT 570 Understanding and Remediating Communication Deficits in Learners with Autism 3 cr
AUT 571 Understanding and Remediating Social and Play Skill Deficits in Learners with Autism 3 cr
AUT 574 Evidence Based Practice 3 cr
AUT 578 Effective Collaboration Across Disciplines 3 cr 
SPE XXX Any Special Education course approved by advisor**
Total Electives   15 cr
Total Degree Requirements   36 cr


In addition to above courses, students must complete 9 additional credits of elective courses in the areas of Special Education, Autism, and Organizational Behavior Management.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate acquisition of the knowledge, principles, and skills of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  2. Demonstrate application of assessment and behavior change procedures involved in educating and treating individuals with autism.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the learning, behavioral, communication, and social characteristics of individuals with autism as manifested by knowledge of effective individualized curricular planning, effective classroom management, and an understanding of evidence-based practice.

Admission Requirements

For Master of Education through the Institute of Behavioral Studies, the admission requirements are as follows:

Admission to a graduate program requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. To be considered for admission, a candidate must apply online or submit the following to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA  01915:

   •  Completed graduate application and non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College).

    •  Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference is desired).

    •     Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work.

    •     Essay of 250–500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study.

    •     Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 55(paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required.  The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.

Additional admission Requirements Include:

  • Official score report of either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (Not required for students who hold a master’s degree).




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