Certification in
Applied Behavior Analysis

Would you like to pursue becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA)? If you already hold or are working on a Master's degree in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education, or a related field, you may be eligible for our 6-course program. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB) has approved our course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.  more info...

Master's Degree in
Special Education

Mercyhurst's Graduate Special Education Program is proud to claim some of the region's most highly respected teachers and behavioral professionals among its graduate alumni. Be a part of that tradition of excellence and innovation through our Master's Degree in Special Education.

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Master's Degree in
Applied Behavior Analysis

The Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis at Mercyhurst University will prepare qualified candidates to apply the science of human behavior to nearly every aspect of life. Equip yourself with the skills to conduct in-depth assessment and develop comprehensive programs to improve the human condition. The world needs more behavioral scientists – become part of the solution.

Outreach and Consultation

The fundamental purpose of the Mercyhurst Institute for Applied Behavioral Studies (MIABS) is to reach out to schools, professionals, provider agencies, and individuals with disabilities and their families with a range of services that extend far beyond college academic programming. MIABS provides professional development, training, consultation, and program development for school districts, agencies, and families, to address many educational, behavioral, and staff performance needs.

  • OASIS OASIS The OASIS Program is one of the most unique components of the Mercyhurst Institute for Applied Behavioral Studies. This program, implemented according to behavior analytic principles, offers proficiency-based certificates to adult students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently, students may choose to study in the areas of culinary arts or hospitality more info
  • PDE Autism Endorsement PDE Autism Endorsement Mercyhurst is the first program in northwestern PA approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer a 3-course, 12-credit ASD Endorsement program. For a professional who currently holds a Pennsylvania Department of Education Level I or II certificate in teaching, related therapies, or supervisory capactiy , an ASD endorsement would help him or her face the continued challenges of meeting the unique needs of special needs students. Others not seeking endorsement but holding a bachelor’s degree may enroll in the program for professional development. Read about it Here
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst® Board Certified Behavior Analyst® Professionals holding the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) credential are widely in demand across the nation and world to provide evidence-based and effective services across a variety of consumer populations, including those found in the fields of developmental disabilities, autism, education, corporate performance management, safety, public health, coaching, and sustainability. Contact us to find out about several of our programs that may help you acquire this credential.
  • 2013 Sister Eustace Taylor Graduate Student Award in Special Education 2013 Sister Eustace Taylor Graduate Student Award in Special Education Charlene Lichtinger is awarded the 2013 Sister Eustace Taylor Graduate Student Award in Special Education Charlene Lichtinger, a 2013 MS in Special Education Graduate, was an outstanding student in Special Education and the Applied Behavior Analysis concentration. During her time at Mercyhurst, she maintained stellar academic performance while being an instrumental part of the autism support initiative Mercyhurst oversaw for elementary-aged students with autism. Mr. Kitchen and the Special Education program congratulate her!