Programs at the Institute for Behavioral Studies in the Van Loan School at Endicott College
In addition to the undergraduate minor in ABA, Endicott’s Institute for Behavioral Studies currently offers several graduate programs focusing on the acquisition of ABA techniques, leading to expertise in intervention for this complex disorder. First and foremost, the faculty offer both a Master of Education in ABA/Autism and an advanced graduate Certificate in Autism for students who hold board certification in ABA. This M.Ed. program provides intensive training in both the idiosyncratic learning characteristics of children diagnosed with ASD as well as the fundamental science of ABA. The program includes the five required ABA courses that lead to eligibility for certification as a BCBA. It is offered in a hybrid format, utilizing both distance learning and traditional classroom instruction. The BCBA certification is important in that it is becoming increasingly recognized as the certification emphasizing preparation in the field of ABA. Coupled with specialized training in ASD, graduates of this program are expertly trained to work with this population. Students may pursue this degree with or without teacher licensure.
In addition, the Institute offers a Master of Education program that combines courses in special education with the five required ABA courses for BCBA certification. Students may pursue this degree with or without teacher licensure. A similar master’s program in moderate or severe special education teacher training is also offered. This special education teacher preparation program embedding the BCBA certification training is one of only two such programs in the United States. A non-degree certificate program consisting of the five-course certification sequence in ABA is also available.