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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 3 cr.
ABA 541 Behavioral Assessment 3 cr.
ABA 554
Behavior Change Procedures and System Supports 3 cr.
ABA 565
Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis 3 cr.
ED   542 Sheltered English Immersion Teacher Endorsement 3 cr.
SPN 511 Assistive Classoom Technology for Students with Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 567
Math and Science for Diverse Learners with Moderate Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 500*
Special Education Service Delivery and the Inclusion Model for Students in Special Education 3 cr.
SPN 501*
Methods and Materials for CurriculumDevelopment of Special Education Programs ** 3 cr.
SPN 502*
Curriculum Development for Learners in Special Education 3 cr.
SPN 504* Assessment and Educational Planning 3 cr.
SPN 505*
Reflective Seminar: Teacher of Special Education *** 3 cr.
SPN 506*
Nature and Needs of Students with Moderate Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 510*
Practicum Experience: Teacher of Special Education *** 3 cr.
EXM 699 Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.

Total degree requirements 48 cr.

* Courses required for obtaining Initial Licensure in Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8, 5-12)
** Pre-practicum course
*** Practicum placements will be appropriate to the level of the license sought, 
Pre-K–8 and 5–12, and will meet the required clock hours for those levels.


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 ExperimentalEvaluation of Behavioral Intervention 3 cr.
ABA 541 Behavioral Assessment 3 cr.
ABA 554
Behavior ChangeProcedures and System Supports 3 cr.
ABA 565
Ethical Issues in Behavior Assessment 3 cr.
ED  581*
Technology in Education:An Integrated Approach 3 cr.
EDC 510 Policy Analysis, Leadership,and Change Processes 3 cr.
EDC 525 Social Context in American Schooling 3 cr.
HST 531 Civic Learning in the 21st Century 3 cr.
MTH 579*
Developing Mathematical IdeasThrough Applications 3 cr.
RDG 504* Family Literacy Connections 3 cr.
RDG 502 Learning and Cognition 3 cr.
RDG 512* Diagnosis and Remediation 3 cr.
SCN 571*
Methods of Teaching Natural Sciencesto Children: Field Study 3 cr.
EXM 699 Comprehensive Exam 0cr.
Plus Comprehensive Examination
Total degree requirements 45 cr.


* Licensure-specific courses


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.
ABA525
Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.
ABA534
Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Intervention 3 cr.
ABA541 Behavioral Assessment 3 cr.
ABA 542 Sheltered English Immersion Teacher Endorsement 3 cr.
ABA554 Behavior Change Procedures and System Supports 3 cr.
ABA565
Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis 3 cr.
SPN 500*
Special Education Service Delivery and the Inclusion Model for Students in Special Education 3 cr.
SPN 501*
Methods and Materials for Curriculum Development of Special Education Programs 3 cr.
SPN 504* Assessment and Educational Planning 3 cr.
SPN 508
Functional Curriculum and Educational Planning: Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 511*
Assistive Classroom Technology for Students with Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 516*
Reflective Seminar: Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities *** 3 cr.
SPN 519*
Practicum Experience: Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities *** 3 cr.
SPN 526* Nature and Needs of Students with Severe Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 565
English, Language Arts, and Social Science for Severely Disabled Learners 3 cr.
EXM 699 Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.

Total degree requirements 48 cr.


* Courses required for obtaining Initial Licensure in Severe Disabilities (All)
** Pre-practicum course
*** Practicum placements will be appropriate to the level of the license sought, 
PreK–8 or 5–12, and will meet the required clock hours for those levels.

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

List of Required M.Ed. Non-licensure Courses: 

ABA 510 Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.
ABA541 Behavioral Assessment 3 cr.
ABA554 Behavior Change Procedures and System Supports 3 cr.
ABA565
Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis 3 cr.
ED 580 Innovative Methods in Education 3 cr.
ED 582 Research Methods 3 cr.
EDC 510 Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes 3 cr.
EDC 570 Understanding the Dynamics of Student Aspirations 3 cr.

 

List of Required Licensure-specific Courses 

ABA525* Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr.
ABA 534* Measurement and Experimental Evaluation ofBehavioral Intervention** 3 cr.
EDC 525*
Social Context in American Schooling: Methodsof Teaching Social Studies 3 cr.
SPN 511*
Assistive Classroom Technologies for Studentswith Severe Disabilities** 3 cr.
RDG 558* Literacy Conncections 3 cr.
SPN 565*
English, Language Arts, and Social Sciencefor Severly Disabled Learners 3 cr.
SPN 568* Math and Science for Severely Disabled Learners 3 cr.
EXM 699 Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.

Total degree requirements 42 cr.


* Courses required for obtaining Professional Licensure in Severe Disabilities (All)
**Course includes in-classroom coaching and consultation


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 3 cr.
ABA 541 Behavioral Assessment 3 cr.
ABA 554 Behavior Change Procedures and Systems Supports 3 cr.
ABA 565 Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis 3 cr.
ED   580 Innovative Methods in Education 3 cr.
SPN 500 Special Education Service Delivery and Inclusion Model of Students in Special Education 3 cr.
SPN 501 Methods and Materials for Curriculum Development of Special Education Programs 3 cr.
SPN 502 Curriculum Development for Learners in Special Education 3 cr.
SPN 504 Assessment and Educational Planning 3 cr.
SPN 506 Nature and Needs of Students with Moderate Disabilities

3 cr.

SPN 564 English, Language Arts, and Social Science for Diverse Learners 3 cr.
SPN 567 Math and Science for Diverse Learners with Moderate Disabilities 3 cr.
EXM 699 Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.




Total degree requirements 42 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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