Daemen Launches New Program in Behavioral Science and Human Services

By | November 9, 2021

Daemen College has added a new master’s degree – Behavioral Science and Human Services.

The new 30-credit hour degree will begin in the fall of 2022 and will be available as both an on-campus and distance education option.

“Evidence shows that the science of behavior analysis is effective and can help almost anybody achieve their goals,” said Vicki Knapp, assistant professor of applied behavior analysis (ABA).

The degree can be used for individuals seeking board certification in behavior analysis and for those seeking licensure outside of New York State.

Many professional roles can benefit from the science of behavior, including special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, direct services providers, or human service professionals.

The degree can also appeal to those with bachelor’s degrees who are professionals in business and medical settings.

“The degree can be extremely attractive for students outside of New York State,” said Knapp. “Students can add onto their education and enrich their ability to provide informed services in a range of settings.”

The degree can also prepare a graduate for a PhD program or to apply for a promotion or a pay raise, said Knapp.

“With the new degree, graduates can work with those who have down syndrome or obesity, help with compliance to therapy protocols, and aid with scientific-based supervision methods in a business setting,” said Knapp.

“The new degree is also ideal for direct service providers who work in human service agencies and wish to learn additional skills that could help them advance professionally,” she added.

The curriculum is similar to that of Daemen’s existing ABA program – but a key difference is that the new degree does not feature the licensure preparation needed to qualify as a licensed practitioner of Applied Behavior Analysis in New York State.