Preparing for ABA Careers at Endicott College
Endicott College appears in our ranking of the 10 Best ABA Master’s Degree Programs in the East.
Although undergraduates at Endicott College cannot earn a degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Van Loan School School of Graduate and Professional Studies, they can earn a certificate. This certificate does not meet teacher licensing requirements, but it does qualify anyone who earns in dealing with children with autism or other conditions that affect learning and socialization. Most students choose to earn the certificate concurrently with the 120-credit Psychology bachelor’s degree.
Graduate students, on the other hand, have quite a few options, including the aforementioned certificate. The following master’s degrees are available:
- Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Master of Education in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
- Master of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, Moderate
- Master of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, Severe
The first two programs on this list are 100-percent online while the second two are not. The Special Education degrees comprise 48 credit hours, and the others involve 36 and 39 credit hours, respectively. Students study not only strategies for classroom management with developmentally challenged students but also the cognitive function of these students. There is a strong research component, particularly regarding the capstone project. Most of the involved research is of the “in-the-field” variety.
Doctoral candidates train either to be college professors or scientist-practitioners that study the effects of autism and other disorders on people’s ability to work, learn, and function in society. The research component with this degree is much deeper than that of the master’s degrees. Students must complete a dissertation. Even so, the Ph.D. program is a hybrid and provides some of its content online.
About Endicott University
Endicott College was founded as a two-year normal school for women in 1939. It addressed Massachusetts’s teacher shortage at the time. A few years later, the school was authorized to grant associate degrees, and it earned its first accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in 1952. The college remained women-only until becoming co-educational in 1994.
Endicott College ranks No. 25 in the North Region. U.S. News and World Report also ranks the college No. 7 on its list of “Best Undergraduate Teaching” schools and No. 10 among “Best Colleges for Veterans.” The school is quite innovative, as well, and ranks No. 11 on that list.
Endicott College has a student-to-teacher ratio of 14-to-1, so its 235-acre campus is both snug and spacious. The college accepts half, or a little over half, of students who apply, and many of the students are “nontraditional”: adults who are studying later in life after rearing families or changing careers.
Endicott College Accreditation Details
Both Endicott College and its associated Van Loan School School of Graduate and Professional Studies have regional accreditation from the New England Commission of Higher Education. Six other departments from the college have earned their own accreditations from other awarding bodies:
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.
- Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
- Commission on Sport Management
- Accreditation Council for Interior Design
- Accreditation National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Endicott College Application Requirements
Endicott College is a test-optional institution for all subjects except those involving licensing, such as Nursing or Education. The average scores on the SAT and ACT among applicants are 1150 and 23, respectively. The college considers a student’s entire set of achievements and skills when considering admittance, but it still places a premium on the five core subject areas of Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Science, and Foreign Language.
Candidates for master’s degrees must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or a degree from an overseas university that has earned an equivalent accreditation in the relevant country. They must also submit two letters of recommendation. One professional and one academic letter each is best. Certain departments require either the Graduate Record Examinations, the Graduate Management Admittance Test, or the Miller Analogies Test. Students should contact their department of interest to determine if they must take one or more of these examinations. Ph.D. candidates must submit three letters of recommendation related to their previous scholarly work and must also have a master’s degree. In all cases, students must have all the schools they attended previously submit official transcripts. In almost all cases, one or more essays are also required.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Annual tuition at Endicott College for undergraduates is $32,350. The cost for room and board is $15,276. Assorted fees, book costs, and incidentals bring the total to $51,647 annually. Van Loan School tuition for master’s candidates is calculated by the credit hour and is also based on the student’s choice of degree. The cost for anyone studying Applied Behavior Analysis is $569 per credit hour for master’s degrees. Students striving for their Ph.D.s pay by the semester, and the rate for Applied Behavior Analysis is $6,363. For further clarification, students should either call the Office of the Bursar or check the website.
Financial aid consists of three types: loans, grants, and scholarships. These may be either public or private. Most of the time, public financial aid is need-based while private aid is merit-based. Students usually combine the two to finance as much of their college education as possible. All students should begin with the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Endicott College and the government will use the data from this form to determine a student’s eligibility for the various forms of need-based aid. Students who secure private financial aid might still qualify for need-based aid, but the amount will be correspondingly lower. The Office of Financial Aid has all the answers, so students who need help should contact them at their earliest convenience.
Endicott University provides both traditional and nontraditional students with prime learning opportunities on the shore of Massachusetts Bay and will likely continue to do so throughout the 21st century and beyond.
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