The Manhattanville College Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is a 33-credit certificate program ideal for an individual who already possesses a Master’s degree in Education, Special Education, Psychology (or a related field), and wishes to pursue a career in the field of ABA.
This Advanced Certificate in ABA was specifically developed in response to the increasing demand for professionals who are trained to design, implement, and supervise behavior analytic programs for individuals with autism and related disorders, and for a variety of other students with and without disabilities. The aim of the program is to prepare students as scientist-practitioners who can use behavior analysis to solve problems of human importance.
There are two credentials that professionals in the field of ABA seek to acquire:
- New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) – Required to practice in NYS
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) – Required to practice nationally
The Advanced Certificate in ABA from Manhattanville College is approved by New York State for licensure as an LBA, and by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board for a BCBA.
The program will help guide students through the complex requirements and processes for national certification and for New York State licensure.
Provided you do not yet have a master’s degree, this is the ideal program for you. To understand why this is the case, please review the “How to Choose the Degree Program That’s Right for You” sheet available here.
As stated above, there are two credentials you can earn through this program, LBA (NYS) and BCBA (BACB).
To apply for LBA certification, students must complete 1,500 hours of supervised fieldwork. The required supervision hours are embedded within the course requirements beginning the second semester. Students who complete the required fieldwork hours will be eligible to apply for licensure and take the licensing exams following graduation.
To apply for BCBA certification, students must complete 2,000 hours of supervised fieldwork. They may already start earning hours during the first semester. Utilizing their first semester hours and those earned subsequently, students can complete all 2,000 hours during the course of the program.
There are numerous agencies and fieldwork opportunities available throughout the tri-state area. Students are free to arrange their own fieldwork positions in the agency of their choice provided they will receive proper supervision.
For students who wish to avail themselves of our resources, Sara Schenirer/ Manhattanville is excited to have partnered with Proud Moments ABA, a full-service ABA agency, which can provide all required fieldwork hours for our students. Proud Moments ABA features numerous sites conveniently located throughout the tri-state area.
If you don’t yet have a Master’s degree in the field of education, special education, or psychology, you can choose Sara Schenirer’s 37-credit Master’s in Professional Studies in ABA instead of the Advanced Certificate in ABA. The M.P.S. also leads to NYS licensure but requires an additional course and a higher tuition rate. Details on the M.P.S. in ABA are available here.
Thanks to a generous discounted rate offered exclusively to students registered through Sara Schenirer, the total cost for the full complement of coursework (33 credits x $608 per credit) is only $20,064!
To request an application, please submit this form.
When completing the application, you will also be requested to supply:
- Graduate Transcript(s)
- Personal Photograph
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Non-refundable Application Fee
Even if you do not have these available at the time of application, we recommend submitting your application immediately and submitting the requested documents as they become available.
Once your application is submitted with all the required documents, an interview will be scheduled to continue the admissions process.
ABA: Concept & Principles
Ethical & Professional Conduct
Measurment & Single Experimental Design
Developing & Increasing Behaviors
Functional Behavioral Assessment
Advanced Topics in ABA
Maintaining Client Records
Advanced Practicum in ABA I
Trends & Issues in ABA Research Hybrid Course
Autism Spectrum Disorder & Other Low Incidence Disorders