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/.

Mission  Statement

The Daemen College ABA Program 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: Education, Special Education, Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, or a related field that specifically addresses learning or behavioral changes;
  2. For the Advanced Certificate Program and Non-Degree Programs, possess a master’s degree (from an accredited college or university) in: Education, Special Education, Psychology;, or Applied Behavior Analysis;
  3. Possess a 3.0 GPA in their accredited bachelor’s degree program;
  4. Submit two professional letters of recommendation
  5. Participate in a personal interview with the ABA Program faculty;
  6. Provide a written statement describing personal and educational goals and objectives;
  7. Provide a writing sample from a previous academic assignment (MS applicants only); and
  8. 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. Students who are found to have engaged in unethical conduct during SED 714: Supervised Practicum and Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis will automatically fail the course. Depending on the circumstances, a determination may be made for students to re-enroll in the course in a subsequent semester.

M.S. IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

REQUIREMENTS

  • SED700 Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • SED702 Behavior Measurement and Assessment (3)
  • SED704 Functional Assessment (3)
  • SED706 Research Methods and Experimental Design (3)
  • SED708 Ethics and Professional Conduct (3)
  • SED710 Behavior Change Procedures (3)
  • SED712 Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • SED714 Supervised Practicum and Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis (2)
  • SED716 Maintenance of Client Records (2)
  • SED718 Issues of Cultural and Ethnic Diversity (3)
  • SED722 Applied Behavior Analysis Capstone Research Project (3)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 31 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 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 his/her academic program and enroll each semester until all requirements are completed. Normally, 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 experience at the end of their program of study. Graduate research is carried out during the course SED 722: Capstone Research Project. Based on personal career goals and with faculty advisement, candidates will complete a thesis in partial fulfillment of degree requirements. The thesis is prepared under the direction of the major department and should demonstrate capacity for independent research and scholarly writing. The thesis must receive the approval of the Department Graduate Committee and must comply with Human Subjects Research Review Committee guidelines, if applicable. A candidate for the oral presentation and defense of thesis must:

  1. be an admitted degree candidate;
  2. be finished with all major area course requirements by the end of the semester in which the SED 722 course is taken;
  3. be able to provide the examining committee with copies of the completed thesis a minimum of two weeks prior to the oral presentation;
  4. have a graduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher.

Early in the graduate program, M.S. degree candidates will consult with their faculty advisor and begin to formulate a plan for their research project. After familiarizing him/herself with the research interests of the faculty, the candidate, with guidance from his/ her advisor, will choose a two-person research committee consisting of:

  1. a primary member who must be a full-time or part-time faculty member with research experience or expertise in the area of study;
  2. a secondary member who may be either a full- or part-time faculty member or an adjunct graduate faculty member.

The candidate will design and execute a research project with guidance from his or her committee. The detailed process for completion of research is laid out in the course syllabus.

The candidate will prepare a research manuscript in a format suitable for submission for publication. The candidate will also present his/her research orally within the College or professional community. Such presentation requires the presence of at least one member of the research committee. Any proposed investigation involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by Daemen College’s Human Subjects Research Review Committee. The HSRRC Guidelines are published on the Daemen College website.

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

REQUIREMENTS

  • SED700 Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • SED702 Behavior Measurement and Assessment (3)
  • SED704 Functional Assessment (3)
  • SED706 Research Methods and Experimental Design (3)
  • SED708 Ethics and Professional Conduct (3)
  • SED710 Behavior Change Procedures (3)
  • SED712 Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • SED714 Supervised Practicum and Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis (2)
  • SED716 Maintenance of Client Records (2)
  • SED718 Issues of Cultural and Ethnic Diversity (3)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 28 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 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 Applied Behavior Analysis Program for further information.

TIME LIMITATION

A student admitted to the program is expected to maintain continuity in his/her academic program and enroll each semester until all requirements are completed. Normally, 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 Bulletin.

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

  • SED700 Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • SED702 Behavior Measurement and Assessment (3)
  • SED704 Functional Assessment (3)
  • SED706 Research Methods and Experimental Design (3)
  • SED708 Ethics and Professional Conduct (3)
  • SED710 Behavior Change Procedures (3)
  • SED716 Maintenance of Client Records (2)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 20 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 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 hold board certification and seek the additional educational requirements needed to apply for NYS licensure. For more information visit: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/aba/ . There is no degree or certificate from Daemen College at completion of this program.

 REQUIREMENTS

  • SED712 Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • SED714 Supervised Practicum and Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis (2)
  • SED716 Maintenance of Client Records (2)
  • SED718 Issues of Cultural and Ethnic Diversity (3)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 10 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.

Suggested Course Sequences