Applied Behavior Analysis - Online Education

New York State licensed behavior analysts assist those with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders, emotional disturbances, or no diagnosis at all, to achieve individually developed goals, learn new skills and improve challenging behavior.

They design, implement, and evaluate environmental stimuli to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior.

Degree Programs
  • ABA Master's Degree for NYS Licensure and Certification
  • ABA Advanced Certificate for NYS Licensure and Certification
Non-degree Programs
  • BCBA Eligibility Program
  • BCBA® to NYS-LBA Eligibility Program
Program Benefits
  • Daemen’s reputable ABA program holds the highest standards of both New York State licensure and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc®. Program was one of the first in New York State to be approved for licensure in ABA. On-campus evening courses or distance education asynchronous courses accommodate the working professional.
  • Students practice the development and evaluation of assessment and intervention, including behavior measurement, assessment, change elements, procedures, and systems.
  • Students learn ethical and professional practice in working with families, members of the community, and other practitioners.
  • Program includes a practicum course where students obtain the required 150 hours of supervised clinical work as required by New York State Education Department for licensure.
  • Amherst campus and distance education programs have partnerships with service agencies across many areas of New York for students to gain valuable experience.
  • Faculty members provide interactive educational opportunities in a student-focused environment and are committed to fostering each student’s academic and professional goals.
  • Students have opportunities to develop scientific and professional writing, collaboration, and oral presentation skills necessary to become well-rounded scientist practitioners.

For information please contact Graduate Admissions at admissions@daemen.edu or (716) 839-8225

"Increasingly, there is a need for well-trained behavior analysts. Having a NYS License in Behavior Analysis will give students a distinct advantage in the job market.” 
- Vicki Madaus Knapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Program Information
  • 35 credit program can be completed in two years with on-campus, or 18 months online
  • The Master’s Degree Program is identical to the Advanced Certificate Program, with the addition of the 3 credit Research Capstone Course (ABA 740)
  • This post-Master’s Degree program is 28 credits and can be completed in approximately one year
  • Candidates must possess a Master's degree (from an accredited college or university) in: Education; Special Education; Psychology; or Applied Behavior Analysis

Demand for behavior analysts is increasing: Over the past 11 years, demand for behavior analysts holding BCBA or BCBA-D certification has increased by 4,209%

Successful completion of this program is designed to fulfill the educational requirement to sit for the board certification exam. For more information visit https://www.bacb.com/. There is no degree or certificate from Daemen College at completion of this program.

Requirements

  • ABA 700 - Behaviorism (3)
  • ABA 702 - Concepts and Principles of Behavior (3)
  • ABA 704 - Research Methods, Measurement, and Experimental Design (3)
  • ABA 706 - Functional Assessment (3)
  • ABA 708 - Ethics and Professional Conduct (3)
  • ABA 710 - Behavior Change Procedures (3)
  • ABA 712 - Client Record Keeping, Supervision, and Personnel Management (3)

Total program requirements = 21 credits

Course Repeats

It may be necessary for a student to repeat a course to achieve a satisfactory grade. Students are encouraged to discuss the matter with their Graduate Faculty Advisor. Students must earn a minimum grade of B when repeating a course.

Requirements for Course Completion

  • Completion of all course work as defined on the student’s recommended plan of study
  • A minimum grade of B earned in all courses, thereby resulting in a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00

Additional Requirements for Certification

See www.bacb.com for more information.

Time Limitation

All requirements must be completed within a period of five years from the student’s enrollment for graduate study.

Demand for behavior analysts is increasing: Over the past 11 years, demand for behavior analysts holding BCBA or BCBA-D certification has increased by 4,209%..

This program is designed for prospective students who seek the additional educational requirements needed for NYS licensure. Prospective students must have a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis or Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, and a NYSED Comparative Education Review. For more information visit: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/aba/. Course plan is based on a NYSED comparative education review. There is no degree or certificate from Daemen College at completion of this program.

Requirements

  • NYSED Comparative Education Review

Total Program Requirements = Variable CREDITS

Course Repeats

It may be necessary for a student to repeat a course to achieve a satisfactory grade. Students are encouraged to discuss the matter with their Graduate Faculty Advisor. Students must earn a minimum grade of B when repeating a course.

Requirements for Completion 

  1. Completion of all course work as defined on the student’s recommended plan of study;
  2. A minimum grade of B earned in all courses, thereby resulting in a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00;

Additional Requirements for Licensure

See http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/aba/ for more information.

Time Limitation

It is recommended that requirements be completed within a period of five years from the student’s enrollment for graduate study.


Additional Information

The practice of designing, implementing and evaluating 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.

Visit the NYSED website

We are accepting applications for our Fall 2021 Online Classes beginning October 3, 2021. The application deadline is August 29, 2021.

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:

Master's Degree Program

Possess a Bachelor’s degree (from an accredited college or university) in a related field related to learning or behavioral changes.

Advanced Certificate Program

Possess a Master’s degree (from an accredited college or university) in Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education, Psychology, Education, or a field related to learning or behavior change.

BCBA® Eligibility Program

Possess a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.

BCBA® to NYS-LBA Eligibility Program

Possess a Master’s degree or Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis and have received a Comparative Education Review from NYSED

Please provide a personal statement (up to 300 words) discussing your background and why you want to enroll into the specific graduate program.

All Candidates
  • Provide official transcript(s) from all accredited colleges or universities attended indicating the award of a graduate degree.
  • Provide evidence of a cumulative graduate grade point average of at least 3.00. Provide a copy of a current resume, including all certifications and licensures.
  • Provide two letters of reference: 1 from an academic source and 1 from a volunteer experience/internship/employer. Personal references, including those from clients and their families, will not be accepted.
  • Complete and submit an original, well written, 3-4 page typed personal statement that focuses on the following points: (Master’s, Advanced Certificate, and BCBA Eligibility program only).
    • Your experiences that influenced your interest in the field of applied behavior analysis.
    • Your personal qualities that will be useful in working with other professionals and potential clients providing behavior analytic services.
    • Your career goals and how an education in applied behavior analysis will help you achieve these goals. Be specific with regard to how you see yourself applying the skills and knowledge you will gain to a specific career and characteristics of clients.
    • Describe how your undergraduate/graduate education has prepared you to succeed in a fast-paced, intensive graduate program. Include a description of specific courses that have provided you with the background to apply scientific principles to the study of human behavior.
    • Discuss why you think it is important to study human behavior from a scientific/behavioral perspective as opposed to a psychoanalytic or cognitive perspective.
  • Participate in a personal interview with a member of the ABA program faculty.

Please note: To become licensed and certified candidates need to be 21 years old.

All Students

Students enrolled in the Master’s Degree, Advanced Certificate, and the Non-Degree Programs must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.00 scale).

The Graduate Committee on Academic Standards will be notified if a student falls below a 3.0 grade point average.

Students who receive a course grade below 3.0 may repeat said course one time; failure to achieve a 3.0 on the second attempt will be grounds for academic dismissal.

Failure to achieve a 3.0 in two or more courses will be grounds for academic dismissal.

Students who violate the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance code for Behavior Analysts during their academic coursework or experience hour accrual will be subject to sanctions up to and including academic dismissal; Students who have an Incomplete (I) grade in two or more courses may be prevented from registering for additional coursework until the incomplete grades are resolved.

A student admitted to the program is expected to maintain continuity in the academic program and enroll each semester until all requirements are completed. Typically, a part-time student should complete a minimum of three (3) credits per semester. Full-time students must complete a minimum of nine (9) credits per semester. All requirements for the Master of Science degree must be completed within a period of five years from the student’s enrollment for graduate study. For information on leaves of absence and extensions, consult the Academic Regulations and Standards section in the electronic catalog, Graduate Section, on the Daemen web page or in the Graduate Catalog.

Additional Information about ABA 730

Students are required to have a Practicum Placement that is legally authorized to provide services that constitute the practice of applied behavior analysis (Education Law, article 167, section 8802) and an appropriate supervisor (Regulations of the Commissioner, subpart 79-17.2). The ABA Practicum Director and/or Coordinator is happy to work with you on finding Practicum Placements.

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
Career Options
  • 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
  • Educator
  • School Administrator
  • School Psychologist
  • Psychologist

US Licensure of Behavior Analysts

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2021/2022 TUITION PRICING GUIDE:

  • NY TTI: $650 per credit hour
  • International TTI: $1,000 per 3 credit hour class