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Van Loan School at Endicott College and Cape Abilities Collaborate to Offer Master of Education BCBA Coursework Program

January 12, 2016 – Given the rapidly growing need for master’s level licensed Applied Behavior Analysts to assist individuals with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities on Cape Cod, the Van Loan School at Endicott College is proud to partner with Cape Abilities to offer a brand new curriculum program to be held at Cape Abilities in Hyannis, Massachusetts . 

This new partnership creates two coursework options for master’s level training in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Students can select to pursue a Masters of Education (M.Ed) in ABA, or a certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). 

According to Dr. Michael Dorsey, Director of the Endicott College Institute for Behavioral Studies, “We are excited to be partnering with Cape Abilities.  Cape Abilities has a long history of service and devotion to individuals with developmental disabilities, with a focus of integrating consumers into the workplace and society. Under the new leadership of Rosalie Edes as President/Executive Director of Cape Abilities, we look forward to a long and productive relationship, expanding the availability of graduate level education on Cape Cod." 

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social interactions and social communications and by restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior.  It affects the development of the brain, causing difficulty with behavior, communication, learning and social interaction. 

With the increasing incidence rate for autism now at one in 68 individuals, Van Loan School and Cape Abilities are offering this new program to qualified individuals to help meet the critical and urgent need for Board Certified Behavior Analysts to assist those with ASK improve both social and communication skills.

 This program and its curriculum are being provided under the auspices of the Institute of Behavioral Studies at the Van Loan School at Endicott College, and will be taught by Van Loan instructors, recognized nationally in the field of behavioral analysis. Of the 15 largest BCBA programs in the world, Endicott ranks 4th in the BCBA passing scores. 

Coursework will begin February 2, 2016 and the program is open to all applicants holding a Bachelor’s 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. Students can complete the program in 15 months and will then be eligible to sit for the BCBA examination and become a licensed ABA in Massachusetts. 

For more information about the program, class schedules, enrollment and tuition and fees, please contact Allyson Penaloza at or978.816.7642 

About the Van Loan School at Endicott College:

Endicott College is a small, seaside private college just north of Boston, with a strong community and a proven experiential learning model. The mission of Endicott College is to instill in students an understanding of and an appreciation for professional and liberal studies.

The Van Loan School at Endicott College provides competitive academic programs for adult learners who wish to receive doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s or associate degrees. Van Loan School offers in-person, blended-classroom and on-line programs from its main campus and at many partner sites across the state and around the world. 

About Cape Abilities:

Cape Abilities, a non-profit organization, serves individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod by educating, counseling and providing residential, therapeutic, social and employment supports that empower them to achieve meaningful and valued roles in the community.