Daemen College, through its Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs, will prepare and inspire students to become licensed and certified independent practitioners of ABA services in settings that promote ethical and professional practice, diversity, and lifelong learning.
- Evening/weekend classes are geared toward the working professional.
- Experienced faculty to provide real- life examples and opportunities to learn in the area of ABA
- Courses will include didactic and clinical components. Didactic components will be delivered on Daemen's main campus in multiple formats including traditional classroom instruction infused with interactive activities
- Opportunities to practice the development and evaluation of assessment and intervention, including behavior measurement, assessment, change elements, procedures, and systems
- Learn ethical and professional practice in working with families, members of the community, and other practitioners
- Includes a Practicum Course where students will obtain the required 150 hours of supervised clinical work under the direction of a Licensed Behavior Analyst
- Partnerships with local service agencies for experience hours
- Following completion of program, graduates will be eligible to apply for licensure in New York State as a Licensed Behavior Analyst
Master’s Degree Program
- 31 credit program can be completed in two years
- Candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree (from an accredited college or university) in: Education; Special Education; Psychology; Applied Behavior Analysis; or a related field that specifically addresses learning or behavioral changes
- The Master’s Degree Program is identical to the Advanced Certificate Program, with the addition of the 3 credit Research Capstone Course (SED 722)
Advanced Certificate Program
- This post-Master’s Degree program is 28 credits and can be completed in two years
- Candidates must possess a Master's degree (from an accredited college or university) in: Education; Special Education; Psychology; or Applied Behavior Analysis
Students interested in applying to the ABA program should submit an application to the graduate admissions office which will be evaluated on the basis of:
- For the Master’s Degree Program, candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree (from an accredited college or university) in: Education; Special Education; Psychology; Applied Behavior Analysis; or a related field that specifically addresses learning or behavioral changes
- For the Advanced Certificate Program, candidates must possess a Master's degree (from an accredited college or university) in: Education; Special Education; Psychology; or Applied Behavior Analysis
- Evidence of a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00
- Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- Provide a copy of a current resume, including all certifications and licensures
- Provide a written statement describing personal and educational goals and objectives
- Two letters of recommendation- preferably including one professional reference and one character reference.
- Official transcript(s) from all accredited colleges or universities attended indicating the award of an undergraduate degree.
- Students will participate in a personal interview with the ABA Program Director, Vicki Madaus Knapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
A Licensed Behavior Analysts designs, implements and evaluates environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior, including the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relationship between environment and behavior.
What to Expect in the Field of Applied Behavior Analysis
- According to an analysis conducted by Burning Glass, 85% of job postings fall into Health Care, Educational Services, or Social Assistance industries. Throughout these industries, Behavior Analysts in the United States make an average of $54,000.
- Behavior Analysts made U.S. News and World Report's Top 100 Best Jobs of 2017
- Behavior Analysts made Business Insider's 10 Best Jobs for People who want to Change the World
- Behavior Analyst
- Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist
- Behavior Consultant
- Behavior Specialist
- Behavior Therapist
- Behavior Interventionist
- Behavior Technician
- Behavioral Health Specialist
- Behavioral Healthcare Manager
- Clinical Supervisor
- Behavior Support Consultant
- Behavior Support Specialist
- Associate Behavior Analyst
- Behavior Interventionist
Other professionals who may want to add the ABA License:
- School Administrator
- School Psychologist