MA in Clinical Counseling (Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis Certification)

The Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis Certification as part of the MA in Clinical Counseling, trains master's-level graduates who are competent in the use of behavioral and scientific-based assessment, intervention/prevention strategies, and effective consultation for the promotion of learning socially appropriate behaviors in both school and community settings.

Program Details

  • Location: Main Campus: St. Davids
  • Delivery: A combination of evening, face-to-face, and asynchronous online
  • Length: 3 years full-time or 4 years part-time
  • Enrolling New Students: August

Program Distinctives

Prepares students for licensure as professional counselors in Pennsylvania

  • Curriculum meets the educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Pennsylvania 
  • Verified Course Sequence meets educational requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®
  • Meets the educational requirements for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), PA Licensed Professional Counselor, and PA Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS)
  • The first Christian institution with a BACB verified curriculum on the East Coast
  • Training focused on school and community settings
  • Faculty have specific behavior analysis credentials and experience within the field
  • ABA elective courses offered entirely online and clinical counseling coursework offered in the evenings on-campus and in a blended online format

Learn about other concentrations and programs offered in the Graduate Counseling Psychology Department.

Alumni Testimonial


"My professors at Eastern have given me the tools I need to feel prepared and to be comfortable with all the different people I meet. The skills I learned have built my confidence, and with that my courage, to face any new situation with the knowledge to be successful. Eastern taught me the courage to look at the world through the lens of others instead of always my own, which has been invaluable in my life and career.” - Chelsie Pessolano Collier, MA '15, BCBA, LBS


The MA in Clinical Counseling (Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis Certification) is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of August 2014 through August 2024. 

Advantages of MPCAC accreditation:

  • Inclusion on a professional level: MPCAC values the unique history of the counseling field which intersects with the disciplines of counseling psychology and psychology. Along with most experienced clinicians serving clients, MPCAC recognizes the benefit to the public in continuing to overlap these two areas of the field. Students with backgrounds in psychology are welcome to apply and build upon their existing knowledge in preparation for becoming professional counselors.
  • Inclusion on a personal level: MPCAC is deeply committed to promoting culturally responsive services that promote the public good. Their strong emphasis on diversity and social justice aligns with Eastern’s foundational commitments to justice, reconciliation, and transformation.

Verified Course Sequence

Our curriculum of five theory and practice and one ethics course within the ABA Certification concentration is a Verified Course Sequence by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®).

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