Special Education and ABA, Severe Program (M.Ed.)

  • Program Overview

    Gain knowledge and experience in our research-based master's degree program for teachers of children with severe disabilities.

    This 51-credit program combines the licensure programs of study in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for Severe Disabilities (all grades). The curriculum addresses theories of language development, diagnosis and assessment, functional curriculum development along side the behavioral coursework that meets the educational requirement to sit for certification by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  

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  • Curriculum

    Admission 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.

    Additional Application Requirements M.Ed. Leading to Initial License

    • A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL)

    Additional Application Requirements M.Ed. Leading to Professional License

    • A copy of all initial licenses in the state of Massachusetts

    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 skill in planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, managing classroom climate, promoting equity and meeting professional standards
    • Demonstrate ability to collect, analyze, synthesize, and apply measurement data
    • Demonstrate knowledge of and approach to subject matter
    • Demonstrate knowledge of child development
    • Demonstrate acquisition of the knowledge, principles and skills of Applied Behavior Analysis

    Required Curriculum: Initial Licensure

    *Courses required for obtaining Initial Licensure in Severe Disabilities (All Levels)

    ABA 510 - Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis
    ABA 520 - Supervision and Management
    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 699 - Comprehensive Review
    EDN 530 - Sheltered English Immersion
    *
    SPE 500 - Teaching Students with Disabilities
    *
    SPE 505 - Inclusive Education
    *
    SPE 511 - Curriculum Development for Students with Severe Disabilities
    *
    SPE 515 - Reading Instruction in Special Education
    *
    SPE 525 - Assistive and Augmentative Technologies
    *
    SPE 540 - STEM Methods in Special Education
    SPE 550 - Curriculum and Assessment in Practice: Special Education (Pre-Practicum)
    *
    SPE 561 - Practicum in Severe Disabilities
    *
    SPE 566 - Reflective Seminar in Severe Disabilities
    *

    Total Degree Requirements - 51 credits

    Required Curriculum: Professional Licensure

    *Courses required for obtaining Professional Licensure in Severe Disabilities (All Levels)

    ABA 510 - Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis
    ABA 520 - Supervision and Management
    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 699 - Comprehensive Review
    EDN 690 - Advanced Seminar in Education
    EDN 575 - Data Literacy
    EDN 680 - Research Methods
    EDN 685 - Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Change Processes
    RDL 570 - Learning and Cognition
    SPE 575 - Family Engagement in Special Education
    *
    SPE 670 - Consultation and Co-Teaching
    *
    SPE 680 - Psychoeducational Assessment
    *
    SPE 690 - Medical and Multiple Disabilities
    *
    SPE 695 - Disability and Sheltered English Immersion

    Total Degree Requirements - 51 credits


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