Schedule an appointment to meet with the Center for Global and Career Services about your area of interest.Make an Appointment
Curry College now offers a track within the Special Education major in Applied Behavior Analysis, leading to a national credential as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). In a formal partnership with Boston Public Schools, this track prepares Curry students as Special Education Paraprofessionals, who teach and support both an academic and life skills curriculum in the context of facilitating the development of behavioral and emotional skills.
The certification process includes the acquisition of specific skills that are measured during the field experiences and a written knowledge test leading to the RBT credential. The RBT certification is recognized by public school settings, community-based clinical settings and ABA supports delivered in home-based settings.
Students in this track will take classes to support instruction and differentiation in literacy and mathematics across ages ranges through Grade 8. Specific courses in positive behavior supports, and in assessment of student learning, data collection and analysis will intersect and allow students to participate in four semesters of field placements within Boston Public Schools. Summer job opportunities in Boston school settings may also be available to participants.
Students who successfully complete this track will graduate with a major in Special Education. There is also a built-in minor in Psychology through suggested elective courses. Students from ALL Curry majors can elect to MINOR in Special Education and/or take the RBT-specific courses as electives since Applied Behavior approaches are used to support children and teens in many settings within schools and communities.
Note: The career field requires additional coursework at the graduate level to advance to the BCaBA and BCBA levels of certification and potentially to the Doctoral level for a BCBA – D certification.
The following courses are required for Special Education majors pursuing the Applied Behavior Analysis track:
|Competencies for the Prospective Educator
|Introduction to Special Education
|School, Family and Community
|Strategies for the Effective Educator
|Number Theory and Relationships
|Introduction to Literature
|U.S. History I
|Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy
|Institute on Learning Differences
|Children’s Literature: A Gateway to the World
|The Teaching of Reading
|Field Observation and Participation
|Specialized Instruction for Students with
|Pre-Practicum I: Elementary
|Assessment for Special Educators
|Pre-Practicum II: Special Education
|Assessment Lab: Reading
|Sheltered English Immersion
|Integrating Senior Seminar
|Senior Practicum: Special Education
|Senior Practicum Seminar