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. 

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    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.”

    *As identified and/or reported by Applied Behavior Analysis

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  • Curriculum

    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 - 24 Credits

    ABA 510 - Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis
    ABA 520 - Supervision and Management
    ABA 525 - Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
    ABA 526 - Systematic Review, Competency Evaluations, and Portfolio
    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


    Electives- 12 Credits


    ABA 512 - Verbal Behavior
    ABA 514 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior
    ABA 516 - Business Practice in Behavioral Consultation and Personnel Management
    ABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special Education
    ABA 555 - Intensive Practicum/Seminar I
    ABA 568 - Intensive Practicum/Seminar II
    ABA 584 - Measurement and Experimental Evaluation II
    ABA 521 - Evidence-Based Curriculum Development
    ABA 522 - Treatment of Severely Challenging Behavior
    ABA 523 - ABA and Mental Disorders
    ABA 524 - Functional Analysis Procedures
    AUT 527 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
    AUT 537 - Developing Individualized Goals for Learners with Autism
    AUT 540 - Adolescents and Adults with ASD: Transition and Meaningful Engagement

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

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  • Internships and Careers

    An education from the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College means you'll have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.

    Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step

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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.