New Undergraduate Concentration in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
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For Immediate Release:
Beverly, MA, Wednesday, September 12, 2012-- Dr. Michael Dorsey, Director of the Institute for Behavioral Studies and Dr. Sara Quay, Dean of Education at Endicott College announced today that the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, the international professional accreditation organization, has approved the new Endicott College undergraduate concentration in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as an Approved Course Sequence. Students pursuing the undergraduate concentration in ABA and autism are eligible to achieve national certification at the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) level through their studies at Endicott. Endicott is the only program in the Greater Boston area offering this course of study. Endorsed by the United States Surgeon General, the National Science Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) employs procedures based on scientific research, systematic instruction, and empirical data to teach the language, social, behavioral skills, etc. needed by persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Students graduating from this program are highly employable upon graduation in a number of areas, including: schools, homes, institutions, group homes, and hospitals. Students pursuing the ABA concentration take foundational courses in the liberal arts and education, followed by a sequence of four courses specifically about autism and behavioral analysis during the junior year. As seniors, students complete a year-long practicum in a special education setting serving children diagnosed with autism.