Make a Difference as an Applied Behavior Analyst.
Applied Behavior Analysis emphasizes the analysis and design of the environment to improve the performance of individuals as varied as children or adults with autism, parents of challenging children, and the corporate executive attempting to maximize the productivity of her employees. Behavior analysts work in an array of settings such as classrooms, homes, mental health centers, residential facilities and schools.
Shenandoah’s Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis is especially accommodating of professionals who are employed full- or part-time and is designed to develop the knowledge, skills, ethical standards necessary to practice competently in these settings and to prepare students to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Exam. Information about the exam can be found at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website, as well as pass rates on the exam.
Career and Salary Possibilities
As an applied behavior analyst, you help individuals by analyzing and designing their environment to improve individual performance and quality of life. You could serve a variety of populations, including individuals with developmental and learning disabilities, mental health impairments or traumatic brain injury, and families experiencing challenges with managing their children.
Starting salaries for Board Certified Behavior Analysts range from $50,000 to $70,000. You could be a self-employed consultant or work for local, regional or national organizations.
Classroom instruction in the principles and procedures of behavior analysis is combined with practical clinical experiences. Shenandoah has partnered with organizations and Board Certified Behavior Analysts throughout the area to provide you with exceptional hands-on experiences working with a variety of populations in classrooms, homes, residential facilities and other settings. This combination of instruction and supervised experience will enable you to:
- apply the principles of behavior analysis in various settings with diverse populations
- recognize and respect the ethical considerations that attend such application
- read and interpret the published literature in behavior analysis to inform your practice
- design measurement systems that will allow you to evaluate the impact of your practice and adjust it systematically
- develop and apply training and supervision systems that will enable you to deliver effective behavior analytic practice in cooperation with other professionals and paraprofessionals involved in the behavior change effort
Course requirements are currently being updated. For more information on the updates, contact Vicky Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will learn from nationally and regionally renowned faculty mentors who are as passionate about teaching as they are about helping others. They are dedicated to delivering academically challenging, interactive, high quality learning opportunities in the field of applied behavior analysis.
Vicky Spencer, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Director of Applied Behavior AnalysisFull Biography
Christine Welgan, M.A., M.S., LBA, BCBA
Clinical AssociateFull Biography
Erin R. Donovan, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA
Clinical Associate and Adjunct FacultyFull Biography
Jason Craig, EdD, BCBA
Adjunct Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis & EducationFull Biography
Shenandoah’s graduate ABA program is a cohort program, and admissions is limited to the fall semester. To be accepted into the program, you must meet Shenandoah University’s admissions requirements, have a minimum 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate work and a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate major preferably in psychology, education, special education, social work, speech pathology or a similar discipline.
To apply, submit the following:
Graduate Application for Admission, along with $30 non-refundable application fee submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions
Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended
An essay/statement of the applicant’s reason for applying to the Applied Behavior Analysis program, including what factors influenced the decision and how this program will help the individual to reach professional goals
Three (3) letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors or others engaged in the practice of Applied Behavior Analysis or other human services professions.
Students seeking transfer credits from other universities must make the request in writing to the ABA Program Coordinator. A maximum of nine credit hours may be considered for transfer.