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

  • Program Overview

    Build understanding of autism spectrum disorders and the broad principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis.

    Van Loan School offers a master’s degree in autism and ABA for students who wish to specialize in meeting the needs of this population. Autism is a complex disorder; understanding it is not achieved with exposure to one or a few children with this diagnosis, or with a few lectures on the subject. It is a many-layered disability that requires in-depth training.

    This is a 39-credit program with a mix of ABA and autism courses. Graduates of the program will have fulfilled the educational requirements to sit for the national examination administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and will be uniquely qualified to apply the most effective interventions to this challenging condition.

  • Curriculum

    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

    *The courses indicated with an asterisk comprise the seven-course sequence that leads to a Certificate in Autism. 

    Required Courses in ABA (21 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 and System Supports
    ABA 565 - Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis^
    ABA 584 - Measurement and Experimental Evaluation II^
    ABA 699 - Comprehensive Exam

    Required Courses in Autism (12 credits)

    AUT 527 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
    AUT 537 - Developing Individualized Goals for Learners with Autism
    AUT 571 - Understanding and Remediating Social and Play Skill Deficits in Learners with Autism
    AUT 578 - Effective Collaboration Across Disciplines

    Elective Courses: Must Take Two (6 credits)

    AUT 570 - Understanding and Remidiating Communication Deficits in Learners with Autism
    AUT 574 - Evidence-Based Practice
    ABA 555 - Intensive Practicum/Seminar I
    ABA 568 - Intensive Practicum/Seminar II

    Total Degree Requirements - 39 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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Online Learning

All Endicott ABA master's programs are now fully online. No residency requirement.