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Applied Behavior Analysis (M.Ed.)

Teachers and therapists using Applied Behavior Analysis interventions seek to create lasting, positive change in an individual’s life.

This evidence-based therapeutic approach will allow you to assess and shift human behavior to help individuals develop and maintain their health, productivity, and ultimately enhance their contribution to society. 

Empower yourself to help others succeed in York College’s Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis program. Using well-established, evidence-based ABA principles, practices and tools throughout the program you will experience hands-on learning. 

Our faculty will guide you every step of the way. They include dedicated and respected industry leaders. 

Graduates of this program position themselves to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination and once certified, they will be eligible for state licensure.

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  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): An Exciting and Fast-Growing Mental Health Career . . . READ MORE

    Considering a career in mental health? Getting started can be both exciting and a little daunting. It is exciting because of the new experience, knowledge, and career prospects you hope to gain. Yet it can be daunting because of the wide array of programs and types of mental health careers that are out there. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a relatively new and rapidly growing mental health career that you might consider. 

    What do Behavior Therapists Do? 

    Behavior Therapists (also referred to as Board Certified Behavior Analysts or BCBA’s) work in clinical settings to provide clients with the appropriate skills they need to successfully navigate their worlds. Specifically, Behavior Therapists investigate the relationships between a person’s behavior and their environment in order to design interventions that produce this meaningful change and improve their clients’ lives. While ABA is often seen as an approach to support people with autism, Behavior Therapists actually work with many different populations helping to teach and improve a wide variety of behaviors including social skills and communication, feeding and hygiene, and smoking cessation. 

    An In-Demand Career 

    ABA is a rapidly growing field, with demand for BCBAs increasing by 3,571% since 2010 and by 127% from 2017 to 2018 alone. Just in the state of Pennsylvania in 2019, there were 795 job postings that required applicants to have an ABA certification. According to Payscale.com, the average salary for BCBAs is $64,000

    Why such growth? In a word, flexibility. Behavior Analysts practice in a wide range of settings, from traditional clinical mental health agencies to schools, hospitals, and businesses. Within these organizations, Behavior Analysts work in a variety of capacities. For example, BCBAs can work with athletes to improve sports performance, people with autism to help them develop healthier behaviors, mothers and babies learning to breast feed, and even CEOs trying to increase the performance of their employees in a business. If you are looking for an in-demand mental health career path, ABA could be for you. 

    Getting Started in Applied Behavior Analysis 

    Your first step in becoming a Behavior Analyst will be to begin a verified course sequence in a graduate program like the new Applied Behavior Analysis, M.Ed. program offered by York College of Pennsylvania. This program is designed from the ground up to provide you with the knowledge and experience needed to be successful in this rapidly growing mental health career. The ABA coursework at YCP examines ABA from a broad perspective, which will give you the confidence to explore many different career paths. In addition, YCP’s partnerships with practicing BCBAs in South Central Pennsylvania will provide you with invaluable learning experiences and connections to professionals in the field. Upon graduating, you will have the choice to work with a variety of populations and ages focusing on countless skills and behaviors in many different settings, and you will have the skills needed to be successful in whatever career path you choose. 

    Let YCP help you be excited and confident as you embark on your graduate degree and new career path. Take your first steps toward becoming a BCBA – get more information about YCP’s Graduate ABA Program and begin your application today. 

  • Community Partnership

    York College is partnering with Wesley Family Services (WFS), T.W. Ponessa & Associates, Behavior by Design, LLC, ABA Solutions, LLC, and Pennsylvania Counseling Services, Inc. to offer their employees access to the Applied Behavior Analysis program at a 15% discount.

    This partnership applies to both full- and part-time employees.

    For more information, please contact Dr. Molly Milam, Program Director for York College's Applied Behavior Analysis degree, at mmilam1@ycp.edu.

    Wesley Family Services provides quality behavioral healthcare and therapeutic support services that support the needs of children, adults, and families throughout their lifespan. WFS serves more than 30,000 individuals annually in Western Pennsylvania.

    T.W. Ponessa & Associates provides confidential, comprehensive assessment, intervention and treatment for individuals in all phases of life, pre-school through senior years, who are experiencing a variety of mental health concerns.

    Behavior By Design helps individuals improve their quality of life through the evidence-based science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). 

    ABA Solutions, LLC supports clients and their families in the areas of social skills, behavior, and communication while providing excellent person-centered services that are evidence-based and rooted in the technologies of Applied Behavior Analysis.

    Pennsylvania Counseling Services, Inc. exists to help children, adults and families contribute to their personal growth, help them learn more about themselves as unique individuals, and lead them toward more productive and fulfilling lives. PCS serves more than 20,000 individuals annually.

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.

Contact Us
Master of Education
Josh DeSantis, D.Ed., Director, Graduate Programs in Behavioral Sciences and Education
Appell Life Sciences Building, Room 356
Phone: 717.815.1939
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.