Applied Behavior Analysis program earns dual certification

Students who satisfy the requirements of Mercyhurst College’s new graduate-level certificate program in applied behavior analysis, launched this year, are now on the fast-track toward professional analyst certification, thanks to recent approval of its practicum experience by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

The board had already approved the new certificate coursework offered through Mercyhurst’s special education department, and the recent practicum approval makes Mercyhurst one of only six colleges in the country – and the only one in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio – to have both its coursework and practicum approved by the certifying board.

Program director Dr. Phillip Belfiore points out that Mercyhurst’s graduate program in special education has always had a behavioral focus, but the new certificate curriculum qualifies students to take the certification exam that leads to a “BCBA” (Board Certified Behavioral Analyst) designation. The curriculum focuses on integrating research, basic principles, and specialized coursework with fieldwork in the areas of MR/DD, autism, and MH/MI. Students will have a choice to complete either the certificate alone, or as a concentration while pursuing a graduate degree in special education.

For more information on the certificate program, educational prerequisites and application process, please call the Mercyhurst College Graduate Center at 824-3384.

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