Applied Behavior Analysis Program (M.Ed.)

  • Program Overview

    Learn both fundamental and cutting­ edge strategies to increase student success and educator effectiveness in special education. 

    100% online, hybrid, or face-to-face

    Develop an in-depth understanding of autism spectrum disorders and a broad understanding of the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis.

    The Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) was developed as an option for students interested in completing the requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam in an accelerated format. The program is a 36-credit degree that includes required core academic courses and an intensive practicum, which combined meet the requirements to sit for the BCBA exam. Elective courses span the the areas of special education, autism, and organizational behavior management.

    ABA programs offered through Endicott’s Van Loan School:

    • Include a free BCBA Exam preparation course;
    • Are one of only 5 of the “Top 20 Masters Programs” that does not require the GRE/MAT;*
    • Rank 3rd for first-time-test-taker pass rates on the BCBA exam out of the “Top 20 Masters Programs” that had 30 or more students sit for the test;”*
    • Have a superior Student:Teacher ratio of 14:1, which ranks well below the average ratio of 18:1 for all other “Top 20 Masters Programs.”

    Three new tracks will be available starting Fall 2019:

    • ABA and Mental Health
    • ABA and Organizational Behavior Management
    • ABA and Childhood Clinical Disorders

    Please contact Jennifer Hilton, Ph.D., BCBA at 978-998 7714 or jhilton@endicott.edu for more information.

    *As identified and/or reported by Applied Behavior Analysis EDU.org.

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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)
    • 3.2 GPA required
    • 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

    After completing 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

    Required Courses - 25 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 585 - Thesis/Capstone in ABA
    ABA 699 - Comprehensive Review
    ABA 698 - Thesis Completion

    General Track Electives

    Electives- 15 Credits

    Students who do not choose a track will choose 5 courses from the below list. At least 4 of the 5 must be ABA prefix (One AUT elective is allowed).

    Note: Students may choose a variety of electives from this list OR specialize in one of three tracks below.

    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
    ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders
    ABA 521 - Evidence-Based Curriculum Development
    ABA 501 - Collaboration in Childhood Clinical Disorders
    ABA 502 - Social Skills for Learners with Emotional Behavioral Disorders
    ABA 503 - Collaboration in Mental Health Settings
    ABA 504 - Skill Building for Adults with Psychiatric Disorders
    ABA 505 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM): Translating Behavior Analysis to the Organization
    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

    ABA and Childhood Clinical Behavior Challenges Track

    ABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special Education
    ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders
    ABA 521 - Evidence-Based Curriculum Development
    ABA 501 - Collaboration in Childhood Clinical Disorders
    ABA 502 - Social Skills for Learners with Emotional Behavioral Disorders

    Application of ABA Organizational Behavior Management Track

    ABA 505 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM): Translating Behavior Analysis to the Organization
    ABA 506 - Performance Management
    ABA 507 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) in Clinical Practice
    ABA 508 - OBM in Business
    ABA 509 - Applied OBM

    ABA and Mental Health Track

    ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders
    ABA 522 - Treatment of Severely Challenging Behavior
    ABA 524 - Variations and Applications of Functional Analysis Procedures
    ABA 503 - Collaboration in Mental Health Settings
    ABA 504 - Skill Building for Adults with Psychiatric Disorders

    Total Degree Requirements - 40 credits


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Eligibility

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.