Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree. The practice is used extensively in education, healthcare, and business management. It is particularly prominent in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), for which it is considered a scientifically valid therapy.
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.
Among the career options available are: Behavior Analyst, Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist, Behavior Consultant, Behavior Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Behavior Interventionist, and more.
Behavior Analysts made U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Best Jobs of 2017, and full-time practitioners in NYS earn an average of $125,000 annually.
We are proud to have partnered with Manhattanville College, a highly-ranked private, liberal arts college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, located in the village of Harrison, NY. All degree programs offered at Manhattanville College are authorized and approved by the New York State Education Department. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and it has received accreditation for its teaching programs through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
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.
This accelerated degree can be completed in four semesters.
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 wish to complete the required fieldwork hours while in the program, you will likely be unable to maintain separate employment. Please note, however, that students are generously compensated for their fieldwork hours by the agency for which they are employed. Students who wish to complete their required supervision hours at a slower pace have the option to do so.
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.
For 40 years, Sara Schenirer has offered high-quality education, accelerated degrees through partner colleges, an uncompromised environment, and outstanding professors. We are especially proud of the warm and supportive attention every single student receives throughout her years in Sara Schenirer. For students and parents alike, the world of college and degrees is confusing, costly, and difficult to navigate. We work extra hard along with our college partners, to offer personal guidance to every student to ensure their success and timely graduation.
Candidates must possess a graduate degree (from an accredited college or university) in Education, Special Education, Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, or a related field that specifically addresses learning or behavioral changes.
All courses are offered live-online. Classes are offered one/ two times per week on Sundays and weeknights. Please see attached sample schedule 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!
Financial Aid for the Advanced Certificate program is not available. However, students will receive compensation from the supervising agency for their supervision hours.
New cohorts begin each Fall and Spring.
Fall semester begins in September. Spring semester begins in January.
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
An LBA/BCBA enjoys a wide variety of career opportunities including: consultant or full-time behavior analyst to school districts, clinical director of an agency, private program, or other organization that supports people with Autism, Home Program Team Leader in an agency that provides ABA therapy, Clinical Supervisor/Manager, Insurance Care Advocate for an insurance company, Parent/Staff Trainer, and Group Home Supervisor/Residential Facility Supervisor/Day Treatment Program Supervisor.
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