Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis Fifth Year Program (M.Ed.)

  • Program Overview

    Become a behavior analyst specializing in autism.

    This 39-credit graduate-level program is available to Endicott undergraduate students who plan to become behavior analysts specializing in autism. Students pursue a dual focused program of study that will enable them to take a variety of courses in both autism and applied behavior analysis (ABA) that are required to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), developing a skill set in the science and application of ABA to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

    Unique program features include a course in collaboration, multiple electives in ASD, and the requirement of a research thesis or professional capstone project. Six credits in psychology, education or ABA (at over level 300) are completed at the undergraduate level, and the graduate degree can be completed in just 15 months.

    The following conditions apply for a student who completes a bachelor’s degree at Endicott College:

    The GRE/MAT application requirement is waived.
    A 3.0 GPA throughout your undergraduate course of study must be maintained.
    The application process must be completed by the beginning of the spring semester of the senior year.

    Non-Endicott graduates must hold a BCaBA in order to enroll in this Fifth Year program and are required to complete the total 39 credit program. 

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  • Curriculum

    Admissions Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at: www.endicott.edu/Van-Loan/Van-Loan-Admissions

    Applicants should submit the following to Van Loan School 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;
    • Interview with the program director (only required for some programs)
    • 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 the program, students will:

    • Demonstrate acquisition of the knowledge, principles, and skills of Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Demonstrate application of assessment and behavior change procedures involved in educating and treating individuals with autism
    • Demonstrate understanding of the learning, behavioral, communication, and social characteristics of individuals with autism as manifested by knowledge of effective individualized curricular planning, effective classroom management, and an under standing of evidence-based practice

    Required Curriculum

    Required Courses in ABA (22 credits)

    ABA 510 - Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis
    ABA 525 - Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
    ABA 534 - Measurement & Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Interventions I
    ABA 541 - Behavioral Assessment
    ABA 554 - Behavior Change Procedures
    ABA 565 - Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis
    ABA 520 - Supervision and Management
    ABA 699 - Comprehensive Review
    ABA 698 - Thesis Completion

    Required Courses in Autism (9 credits)

    AUT 527 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
    AUT 578 - Effective Collaboration Across Disciplines
    AUT 585 - Thesis/Capstone Project in ASD

    Elective Courses: (9 credits)

    Students must choose 3. At least 2 of the 3 must be AUT prefix. One ABA elective allowed.

    AUT 537 - Developing Individualized Goals for Learners with Autism
    AUT 570 - Understanding and Remediating Communication Deficits in Learners with Autism
    AUT 571 - Understanding and Remediating Social and Play Skill Deficits in Learners with Autism
    AUT 574 - Evidence-Based Practice
    AUT 540 - Adolescents and Adults with ASD: Transition and Meaningful Engagement
    AUT 550 - Supervision, Training and Organizational Management in an Autism Service Provision Context
    ABA 512 - Verbal Behavior
    ABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special Education
    ABA 522 - Treatment of Severely Challenging Behavior
    ABA 524 - Variations and Applications of Functional Analysis Procedures

    Total Degree Requirements - 40 credits


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