Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Programs

Master of Science, Advanced Certificate, and Non-Degree ABA Programs

Delivered in either a traditional or online format, these programs are for individuals seeking licensure in behavior analysis from the State of New York and certification in behavior analysis from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.®   For more information about licensure requirements, please visit: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/aba/ and for more information about certification requirements, please visit: https://www.bacb.com/. Students interested in practicing behavior analysis outside of NYS, can find information about licensure requirements here: https://www.bacb.com/u-s-licensure-of-behavior-analysts/.

Mission  Statement

The Daemen College ABA Department advances the field of behavior analysis to improve lives through education, research, and promotion of ethical, evidence-based practices.

Degree, Advance Certificate, and Non-Degree Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis

Admission

In addition to satisfying the general criteria for graduate admission to Daemen College, applicants must:

  1. For the Master’s Degree Program, possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to learning or behavior change;
  2. For the Advanced Certificate Program and Non- Degree Program (BCBA ® Eligibility 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;
  3. For the Non-Degree Program (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;
  4. Possess a 3.0 GPA in their accredited bachelor’s degree program;
  5. Submit two professional letters of recommendation
  6. Participate in a personal interview with the ABA Program faculty;
  7. Provide a written statement describing personal and educational goals and objectives;
  8. Provide a writing sample from a previous academic assignment (MS applicants only); and
  9. Provide a copy of a current resume or CV, including all certifications and licensures.

Additional Program Requirements

  1. 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);
  2. The Graduate Committee on Academic Standards will be notified if a student falls below a 3.0 grade point average;
  3. 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;
  4. Failure to achieve a 3.0 in two or more courses will be grounds for academic dismissal;
  5. Students who violate the BACB (R) 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;
  6. 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.

M.S. IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

REQUIREMENTS

  • ABA700 Behaviorism (3)
  • ABA702 Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (3)
  • ABA704 Research Methods and Measurement (3)
  • ABA706 Functional Assessment (3)
  • ABA708 Ethics and Professional Conduct (3)
  • ABA710 Behavior Change Procedures (3)
  • ABA712 Client Record Keeping, Supervision, and Personnel Management (3)
  • ABA714 Assessment and Measurement Tools (3)
  • ABA716 Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • ABA718 Issues of Cultural and Ethnic Diversity (3)
  • ABA730 Supervised Practicum and Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis (2)
  • ABA740 Applied Behavior Analysis Capstone Research Project (3)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 35 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. Failure to achieve a B or better in two or more courses will be grounds for academic dismissal.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

  1. Completion of all course work as defined on the student’s 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;
  3. All degree students are required to file an Application for Degree form with the Registrar’s Office at the onset of the final term of study. The Application for Degree form is accessible from the Registrar’s web page.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION

Consult the NYSED ABA website and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® website for more information.

TIME LIMITATION

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.

Capstone Experience

Students admitted to the Master’s Degree program are required to complete a capstone research experience. Graduate research is carried out during the course ABA 740: Capstone Research Project.  Candidates will design and execute a research project with guidance from a faculty advisor. The detailed process for completion of research is outlined in the course syllabus.

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

REQUIREMENTS

  • ABA700 Behaviorism (3)
  • ABA702 Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (3)
  • ABA704 Research Methods and Measurement (3)
  • ABA706 Functional Assessment (3)
  • ABA708 Ethics and Professional Conduct (3)
  • ABA710 Behavior Change Procedures (3)
  • ABA712 Client Record Keeping, Supervision, and Personnel Management (3)
  • ABA714 Assessment and Measurement Tools (3)
  • ABA716 Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • ABA718 Issues of Cultural and Ethnic Diversity (3)
  • ABA730 Supervised Practicum and Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis (2)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 32 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. Failure to achieve a B or better in two or more courses will be grounds for academic dismissal.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION

  1. Completion of all course work as defined on the student’s 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;
  3. All Advanced Certification students are required to file an Application for Certificate form with the Registrar’s Office at the onset of the final term of study. The Application for Certificate form is accessible from the Registrar’s office.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE

Consult the NYSED ABA website and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® website for more information.

TIME LIMITATION

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 Advanced Certificate 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, and in the Graduate Catalog.

NOTE

Consumer Information on Certificate Programs is published on the Daemen Website.

NON-DEGREE PROGRAMS IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

BCBA® ELIGIBILITY PROGRAM

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

  • ABA700 Behaviorism (3)
  • ABA702 Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (3)
  • ABA704 Research Methods and Measurement (3)
  • ABA706 Functional Assessment (3)
  • ABA708 Ethics and Professional Conduct (3)
  • ABA710 Behavior Change Procedures (3)
  • ABA712 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.  Failure to achieve a B or better in two or more courses will be grounds for academic dismissal.

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 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.

BCBA® TO NYS-LBA ELIGIBILITY PROGRAM

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 NYSED comparative education review.  There is no degree or certificate from Daemen College at completion of this program.

 REQUIREMENTS

  • As determined by NYSED Comparative Education Review

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = Variable

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION

  1. Completion of all course work as defined on the student’s recommended plan of study as indicated on NYSED Comparative Education Review;
  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.

Suggested Course Sequences