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Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis (M.Ed.)

Endicott College offers several Master of Education programs that combine programs of study in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Students may choose programs that lead to Initial and/or Professional Massachusetts educator licensure.

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Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, Moderate Disabilities: Initial Licensure (PreK–8, 5–12)

Initial Licensure Program of Study

ABA 510 Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.

ABA 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.

ABA 534 Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Intervention I 3 cr.

ABA 541 Behavioral Assessment 3 cr.

ABA 554 Behavior Change and System Supports 3 cr.

ABA 565 Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.

ABA 699 ABA Comprehensive Examination 0 cr.

EDN 530* Sheltered English Immersion 3 cr.

EXM 696 Comprehensive Examination 0 cr.

SPE 500* Nature and Needs of Students with Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 505* Inclusive Education 3 cr.

SPE 510* Curriculum Development for Students with Moderate Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 515* Reading Instruction in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 525* Assistive and Augmentative Technologies 3 cr.

SPE 540* STEM Methods in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 550* Curriculum and Assessment in Practice:

Special Education (Pre-Practicum) 3 cr.

SPE 560* Practicum in Moderate Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 565* Reflective Seminar in Moderate Disabilities 3 cr.

Total degree requirements 48 cr.


* Courses required for obtaining Initial Licensure in Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8, 5-12)

Practicum placements will be appropriate to the level of the license sought, PreK-8 or 5-12.


Completion Requirements

To successfully exit from the M.Ed./ABA program with Initial License in Severe Disabilities and qualification to sit for the BACB certification examination, students must successfully complete all of the required courses and fieldwork. In addition, teachers seeking Massachusetts licensure as a teacher of students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8) must pass the MTEL General Curriculum test and Foundations of Reading Test in addition to passing the Communication and Literacy test. Students seeking Moderate Disabilities licensure (5–12) may chose to substitute a subject matter test (5–8 or 8–12) for the general curriculum test in addition to the required Communications and Literacy and Foundations of Reading tests. A Competency Review is also required of all Moderate Disabilities licenses. Students may be advised to take additional subject matter courses for meeting the above DESE requirements.

Students seeking a BCBA credential must fulfill both the educational and experiential requirements identified by the BACB and must take and pass the qualifying examination administered by the BACB.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate skill in planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, managing classroom climate, promoting equity and meeting professional standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to collect, analyze, synthesize, and apply measurement data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to subject matter.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of typical child development and exceptionalities.
  • Demonstrate acquisition of the knowledge, principles and skills of Applied Behavior Analysis.

 

Special Education and Behavioral Studies, Moderate Disabilities: Professional Licensure (PreK-8, 5-12)

Prerequisites

Candidates must hold the Initial License as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK–8, 5–12) and possess at least three years of employment in the role. In addition, candidates must be able to document that they have completed a one-year induction program with a mentor plus 50 hours of mentored experience beyond their induction year.

Professional Licensure Program of Study

ABA 510 Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.

ABA 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.

ABA 534 Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Intervention 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 699 ABA Comprehensive Examination 0 cr.

EDN 570 Strategies for Classroom Management 3 cr.

EDN 575 Date Literacy 3 cr.

EDN 685 Policy Analysis, Leadership and Change 3 cr.

EXM 696 Comprehensive Examination 0 cr.

RDL 515 Writing Instruction 3 cr.

RDL 525 Reading Difficulties 3 cr.

SPE 575 Family Engagement in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 670 Consultation and Co-teaching 3 cr.

SPE 680 Psychoeducational Assessment 3 cr.

SPE 685 Personalized Learning 3 cr.

SPE 695 Disability and Sheltered English Immersion 3 cr.

Total degree requirements 48 cr.


All courses required for professional licensure

 

Completion Requirements

To successfully exit from the Appropriate Master’s Degree program in partial fulfillment of eligibility requirements for Professional Licensure as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities and eligibility to take the BCBA examination, students must successfully complete all of the required courses and, where relevant, the required fieldwork and comprehensive examination.
Students seeking a BCBA credential must fulfill both the educational and experiential requirements identified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and must take and pass the qualifying examination administered by the BACB.

Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate skill in planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, managing classroom climate, promoting equity and meeting professional standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to collect, analyze, synthesize, and apply measurement data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to subject matter.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of typical child development and exceptionalities.
  • Demonstrate acquisition of the knowledge, principles and skills of Applied Behavior Analysis.

 

Special Education and Behavioral Studies, Severe Disabilities: Initial Licensure (All)

Initial Licensure Program of Study

ABA 510 Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.

ABA 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.

ABA 534 Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Intervention 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 699 ABA Comprehensive Review 0 cr.

EDN 530* Sheltered English Immersion 3 cr.

EXM 696 Educator Licensure Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.

SPE 500* Nature and Needs of Students with Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 505* Inclusive Education 3 cr.

SPE 511* Curriculum Development for Students with Severe Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 515* Reading Instruction in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 525* Assistive and Augmentative Technologies 3 cr.

SPE 540 STEM Methods in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 550* Curriculum and Assessment in Practice: Special Education (Pre-practicum) 3 cr.

SPE 561* Practicum in Severe Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 566* Reflective Seminar in Severe Disabilities 3 cr.

Total degree requirements 48 cr.

 

*Courses required for obtaining Initial Licensure in Severe Disabilities (All)

Completion Requirements

To successfully exit from the M.Ed./BCBA program with Initial License in Severe Disabilities and qualification to sit for the BACB certification examination, students must successfully complete all of the required courses and fieldwork. In addition, teachers seeking Massachusetts licensure as a Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (all levels) must pass the MTEL General Curriculum test in addition to passing the Communication and Literacy test. Students may be advised to take additional subject matter courses for meeting the above DESE requirements. Students seeking a BCBA credential must fulfill both the educational and experiential requirements identified by the BACB and must take and pass the qualifying examination administered by the BACB.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate skill in planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, managing classroom climate, promoting equity and meeting professional standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to collect, analyze, synthesize, and apply measurement data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to subject matter.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of typical child development and exceptionalities.
  • Demonstrate acquisition of the knowledge, principles and skills of Applied Behavior Analysis.

 

Special Education and Behavioral Studies, Severe Disabilities: Professional Licensure (All)

This program includes the prerequisite preparation for Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)
examination as Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Prerequisites

Candidates must hold the Initial License as a Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All Levels) and possess at least three years of employment in the role. In addition, candidates must be able to document that they have completed a one-year induction program with a mentor, plus 50 hours of mentored experience beyond their induction year.

 

Professional Licensure Program of Study

ABA 510 Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.

ABA 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.

ABA 534 Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Intervention 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 699 ABA Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.

EDN 575 Data Literacy 3 cr.

EDN 690 Advanced Seminar in Education 3 cr.

EDN 680 Research Methods 3 cr.

EDN 685 Policy Analysis, Leadership and Change Processes 3 cr.

EXM 696 Educator Licensure Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.

RDL 570 Learning and Cognition 3 cr.

SPE 575 Family Engagement in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 670 Consultation and Co-teaching 3 cr.

SPE 680 Psychoeducational Assessment 3 cr.

SPE 690 Medical and Multiple Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 695 Disability and Sheltered English Immersion 3 cr.

Total degree requirements 48 cr.


All Courses required for obtaining Professional Licensure in Severe Disabilities (All)

 

Completion Requirements

To successfully exit from the Appropriate Master’s Degree program in partial fulfillment of eligibility requirements for Professional Licensure as a Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities and eligibility to take the BCBA examination, students must successfully complete all of the required courses and, where relevant, the required fieldwork and comprehensive examination. 

Students seeking a BCBA credential must fulfill both the educational and experiential requirements identified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and must take and pass the qualifying examination administered by the BACB.

Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate skill in planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, managing classroom climate, promoting equity and meeting professional standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to collect, analyze, synthesize, and apply measurement data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to subject matter.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of typical child development and exceptionalities.
  • Demonstrate acquisition of the knowledge, principles and skills of Applied Behavior Analysis.

 

Master of Education in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis: Non-licensure Program

This program does not lead to teacher licensing in Massachusetts but does prepare students to work with children with moderate disabilities who participate in integrated or self-contained classrooms. The program also includes the courses leading to the certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. This is a unique, advanced-level component that focuses on the application of behavioral principles in addressing the needs of exceptional learners. The program leads to eligibility for the Behavior Analysis Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Non-licensure Program of Study

ABA 510 Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.

ABA 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.

ABA 534 Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Intervention 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 699 Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.

EDN 500 Child and Adolescent Development OR 3 cr.

SPE 500 Nature and Needs of Students with Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 505 Inclusive Education 3 cr.

SPE 510 Curriculum Development for Students with Moderate Disabilities 3 cr.

SPE 515 Reading Instruction in Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 525 Assistive and Augmentative Technologies 3 cr.

SPE 530 Humanities Methods In Special Education 3 cr.

SPE 540 STEM Methods in Special Education 3 cr.

Education Electives 3 cr.

Total degree requirements 45 cr.

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, synthesize, and apply measurement data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to subject matter of special education.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of the knowledge, principles and skills of Applied Behavior Analysis.

 

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