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

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

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Moderate S. N.
Initial License
 

Moderate S. N.
Professional License
 

Non-Licensure
S. N. Program
  

Severe S. N.
Initial License
 

Severe S. N.
Professional License
 


These programs fulfill the educational requirements to sit for the
Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) examination.

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

Initial Licensure Program of Study

ED 525
Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis in Special Education 3 cr.
ED 534 Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Intervention 3 cr.
ED 541  Behavioral Assessment 3 cr. 
ED 554
Behavior Change Procedures and System Supports 3 cr.
ED 565
Education Law and Ethical Issues in Behavioral Assessment 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 with Special Needs 3 cr.
SPN 501*
Methods and Materials for Curriculum Development of Special Needs Program ** 3 cr.
SPN 502*
Curriculum Development for Learners with Special Needs 3 cr.
SPN 504* Assessment and Educational Planning 3 cr.
SPN 505*
Reflective Seminar: Teacher of Special Needs *** 3 cr.
SPN 506*
Nature and Needs of Students with Moderate Disabilities 3 cr.
SPN 510*
Practicum Experience: Teacher of Special Needs *** 3 cr.
Plus Comprehensive Examination    
Total degree requirements  42 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.

Special Needs 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

ED 525*
Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis in Special Education  3 cr.
ED 534*
Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Intervention 3 cr.
ED 541  Behavioral Assessment  3 cr.
ED 554
Behavior Change Procedures and System Supports 3 cr.
ED 565
Education Law and Ethical Issues in Behavioral 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 Ideas Through 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 Sciences to Children: Field Study 3 cr.
Plus Comprehensive Examination   
Total degree requirements   42 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.

Master of Education in Special Needs 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).

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.

Non-licensure Program of Study

ED 525  Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis in
Special Education 
3 cr.
ED 534  Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of
Behavioral Intervention 
3 cr.
ED 541  Behavioral Assessment 3 cr. 
ED 554 Behavior Change Procedures and Systems
Supports
3 cr.
ED565 Education Law and Ethical Issues in Behavioral
Assessment
3 cr.
SPN 500 Special Education Service Delivery and Inclusion
Model of Students with Special Needs
3 cr.
SPN 501 Methods and Materials for Curriculum
Development of Special Needs Program
3 cr.
SPN 502 Curriculum Development for Learners with
Special Needs
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. 
SPN 573  Reflective Seminar  3 cr. 
ED 580 Innovative Practices in Education 3 cr.
Plus the Comprehensive Examination   
Total degree requirements                                                                    42 cr. 

Master of Education in Special Needs and Applied Behavior Analysis: Severe Disabilities (All)

These programs fulfill the educational requirements to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification
Board (BACB) examination.

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./li>
  • 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 Needs and Behavioral Studies, Severe Disabilities: Initial Licensure (All)

Initial Licensure Program of Study

ED 525
Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis in
Special Education 
3 cr.
 
ED 534
Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of
Behavioral Intervention 
3 cr.
 
ED 541  Behavioral Assessment  3 cr. 
ED 554  Behavior Change Procedures and System Supports  3 cr. 
ED 565
Education Law and Ethical Issues in Behavioral
Assessment 
3 cr.
 
SPN 500*
Special Education Service Delivery and the Inclusion
Model for Students with Special Needs 
3 cr.
 
SPN 501*
Methods and Materials for Curriculum Development
of Special Needs Program
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.
Plus Comprehensive Examination   
Total degree requirements                                                                               42 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.

Special Needs 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:

ED 541 Behavioral Assessment  3 cr. 
ED 554 Behavior Change Procedures and System Supports  3 cr. 
ED 565
Education Law and Ethical Issues in Behavioral
Assessment 
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.
ED 541 Behavioral Assessment 3 cr.
ED 554 Behavior ChangeProcedures and System Supports 3 cr.
ED 565
Education Law andEthical Issues in Behavioral
Assessment
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 Dynamicsof Student Aspirations  3 cr. 

List of Required Licensure-specific Courses 

ED 525* Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis  3 cr.
ED 535*
Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of
Behaviral Intervention** 
3 cr.
EDC 525*
Social Context in American Schooling: Methods
of Teaching Social Studies 
3 cr.
SPN 511*
Assistive Classroom Technologies for Students
with Severe Disabilities** 
3 cr.
RDG 504*  Family Literacy Connections  3 cr.
SPN 565*
English, Language Arts, and Social Science
for Severly Disabled Learners 
3 cr.
SPN 568* Math and Science for Severely Disabled Learners 3 cr.
Plus Comprehensive Examination   
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

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

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

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

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

Master of Education in Special Needs and Applied Behavior Analysis: Severe Disabilities (All)

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