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.
If a person applies to become a BCBA before 2022 (4th edition Task List), then 18 credits are needed. In 2022, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) requires a BCBA to have educational content to meet 5th edition Task List requirements, and therefore 21 credits are needed. Students entering the Clinical Counseling degree program as of 2018 will have curriculum meeting the 5th edition Task List.
You can go to the following BACB site to find out the BCBA examination pass-rate of EU's ABA program: https://www.bacb.com/verified-course-sequences/. Please keep in mind that the pass-rate is only one of many indicators of the quality of a program.
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.
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.
See the following websites for salary information for Behavior Analysts: