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Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Program Overview

    Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (21 Credits)

    The applied behavior analysis (ABA) certification program does not lead to teacher licensing in Massachusetts but does prepare students to work with children with disabilities who participate in integrated or self-contained classrooms.

    The program also includes courses that meet the educational requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. 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). 

    Students in the ABA programs are charged a one time fee of $1,000 in their first semester. This fee is used to cover subscriptions to online learning tools used throughout the program. Please contact the program director if you have any questions about this fee. 

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    Endicott student Courtney Gallo's ABA internship
  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at:

    Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • 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;
    • Statement of purpose of no less than three pages outlining your intentions for graduate study, your background in the field of applied behavior analysis, and the contributions that you intend to make to the field. This essay should be in APA format and include no less than 3 references.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (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;
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will:

    • Have a good grasp of the theoretical perspective of behaviorism and natural science
    • Understand the components of valid research
    • Be able to observe human behavior and explain it causes based upon the world view of behaviorism and natural science
    • Explain how behavioral principles apply to all areas of human endeavor

    Required Curriculum

    • ABA 510 - Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 525 - Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 534 - Measurement & Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Interventions I (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 541 - Behavioral Assessment (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 554 - Behavior Change Procedures (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 565 - Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 520 - Supervision and Management (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 699 - Comprehensive Review (Cr: 0)

    Total Certificate Requirements - 21 credits

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