Concentration FAQs

Q. Can you tell me more about the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Concentration?

The Applied Behavior Analysis concentration curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements of Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and the  Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS) in the state of Pennsylvania.  Students who completed the concentration are encouraged to apply to become a BCBA and LBS once they obtain their supervised clinical hours in the field.

Q. How many courses do I need to take in the ABA concentration?

If a person applies to become a BCBA before 2015 (3rd edition Task List), then 5 courses are needed (with a total of 225 educational hours).  In 2015, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) requires a BCBA to have 270 educational hours (4th edition Task List), and therefore 6 courses are needed.   However, students in our Clinical Counseling degree program can fulfill this extra course with the enriched CNSL 505 (Ethics & Professional Development).

Q: May I take ABA courses as a post-master’s student?

Students who hold a master's degree in education, psychology, behavior analysis, or a related field may take ABA courses toward professional credentials.  Those seeking less than 12 credits, see this page.  Those seeking 12 credits or more, see this page.

Q. What advantages do I have when I complete the ABA concentration?

Expertise in ABA can enhance your professional development and enable you to compete with others in the field of clinical practice. Just imagine your career opportunities when you hold the following credentials in clinical practice: M.A. in Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Behavior Specialist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, plus other certifications you plan to obtain.

Q. What career can I pursue when I complete the ABA concentration?

The typical entry position you will obtain in the field of ABA is part-time or full-time behavior analyst/behavior specialist.  Behavior analysts are usually employed by residential and outpatient treatment facilities, local and state governments, and sometimes hospitals.  Of course you can pursue your own private practice, especially if you have the professional license.  Currently many behavior analysts serve as consultants for agencies to help parents, teachers and school administrators to analyze behavior, develop behavior plans, and train parents and staff to implement the plans.

Q. What are the job prospects and salary potentials for behavior analysts?

See the following websites for salary information for Behavior Analysts:

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