Behavior analysts assess and treat behavioral, communication, developmental, and learning disorders/disabilities. Behavior analysts work in a number of settings including providing care in schools, clinics, homes, hospitals, and everyday workplaces. In particular, due to the effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for intellectual and developmental disabilities, ABA has become recognized as an empirically supported treatment for individuals with autism and is covered by insurance companies as a medically necessary form of therapy in most states.
School of Education and School of Natural Science and Mathematics
The new Post Master’s Certificate (PMC) in Applied Behavior Analysis (Graduate Certificate in ABA) program is housed jointly between the School of Education and the Department of Psychology in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. As a result of the interdisciplinary structure of the program, students have the unique opportunity to learn from professors with diverse experiences in ABA. Students have access to basic and translational researchers in behavioral science, as well as applied practitioners of behavioral principles who have experience in early intensive behavioral intervention, severe behavior disorders, and classroom management. Further, the Mount is an inclusive environment in which individuals and groups are welcomed, supported, and valued.
We’re committed to making it easy for you to help you quickly advance your career while maintaining a full time employment.
- Our courses allow you get your degree while maintaining traditional work hours.
- Our classes meet only once a week during the academic year; Twice a week in the summer.
- Our classroom instruction can be received via Zoom.
- Our course sequence can be completed in 15 months; however, a part time sequence is also available.
- Our community provides the support and resources to maintain a healthy work-life balance as a student.
- Our resources are available to aid in your success, such as our award winning Career Center, Writing Center, Library and Learning Services, just to name a few.
Coursework and Format
The Mount’s Post Master’s Certificate (PMC) in Applied Behavior Analysis (Graduate Certificate in ABA) is a 7 course, 21-credit certificate that aligns with the growing demand for skilled professionals in education and the health professions. The PMC is designed for individuals who have a master’s degree in in other fields, such as education or psychology, but are looking to complete courses in ABAI’s Verified Course Sequence (VCS). The Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence has been submitted to ABAI and certification of the Verified Course Sequence (VCS) is pending.
Core Courses – Verified Course Sequence
The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination.
Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.
- Principles and Concepts of Behavior Analysis
- Ethical and Professional Conduct
- Behavior Assessment
- Behavior Intervention
- Research Design, Measurement and Data Analysis
- Behavior Theory and Philosophy
- Introduction to Organizational Behavior Management & Supervision
- Fieldwork Supervision (not part of the VCS sequence)
- Electives focused on skills that will help you manage and advance your career (not part of the VCS sequence)
A strong and growing demand for Applied Behavior Analysts
Market analysis indicates that the need for national licensed behavior analysts is growing in Maryland, regionally and nationally. According to the most recent report of the US Employment Demand for Behavior Analysts, annual demand for BCBAs has increased about 800% from 2010 to 2017. This new program, by virtue of the interdisciplinary nature, will prepare behavior analysts for positions in education, hospital-based mental health, and community based mental health.
According to market research,1 this increase in regional and statewide demand for master’s-level ABA professionals indicates a strong job market for program graduates. Employer demand for master’s-level ABA professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region increased from 312 to 681 postings over the last two years (i.e., a 118 percent increase.) In addition, statewide demand for master’s-level ABA professionals rose from 26 to 55 postings during this period (i.e., a 112 percent increase).
Use your skills and knowledge from the Mount to pursue a career as an applied behavior analyst in positions such as:
- School/District Based Behavior Analyst
- Special Education Teacher
- Behavior Analyst Consultant
- Clinical Director of Center or a Clinic
- Case-Manager for Home-Based Care
- Wellness Coach
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- OR start your own practice, center, or clinic to serve your community.
1Market research conducted by EAB in partnership EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists International).