Applied Behavior Analysis Worker with a Student

Daemen College has launched a new distance education option for its master’s degree and advanced certificate programs in applied behavior analysis (ABA), making it the only New York State registered ABA programs of its kind available in both traditional and online formats.

“Expanding our applied behavior analysis programs to a distance education format is an ideal extension of our existing offerings in the traditional classroom setting,” said Elizabeth Wright, dean of health and human services. “The online programs, which build on our strong reputation for academic excellence, enable us to educate students in applied behavior analysis well beyond our physical campus.”

Designed to provide greater flexibility for working professionals, Daemen’s distance education ABA programs are fully online and offered in an asynchronous format.

The same high-quality curriculum and requirements are included in both the distance education and traditional on-campus ABA programs.

According to Dr. Vicki Madaus Knapp, ABA program director, the master’s degree distance education program provides comprehensive graduate-level training in applied behavior analysis, an intervention approach used with individuals on the autism spectrum or with related disorders. The program is geared to students who hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, social work, sociology, or health promotion.

Graduates of the 31-credit hour program will meet the academic requirements to apply for licensure as a behavior analyst in New York State without the need for more course review.

The 28-credit hour advanced certificate program is designed for students who already hold a master’s degree in education, psychology, or applied behavior analysis. Based on the same academic rigor as the master’s degree in ABA, the certificate program offers students the credentials to pursue a new career path as behavior analysts.

The distance education programs, which have been approved by the New York State Department of Education, follow the on-campus ABA programs that were previously launched.