Applied Behavior Analysis

Print/Download Page

Master of Education, Applied Behavior Analysis: Special Education track, Credits: 33 or 39 (program code: 0144)

Master of Education, Applied Behavior Analysis: General track, Credits 33 or 39 (program code: 0159)

BCBA Certificate, Credits 18 or 27 (program code 0158)

Program Description

Board certified behavior analysts address the behavioral and instructional needs of individuals in a wide variety of settings. Applied Behavior Analysis is recognized as a best practice for the instruction and behavioral management for individuals with exceptionalities.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on-ground, face-to-face delivery, with some online/distance elements)

Admission Criteria

View admission requirements


California University of Pennsylvania has designed an Intensive Practicum for the Applied Behavior Analysis program to give students a wide range of potential placement options upon completion.Students will have the opportunity to study under Board Certified Behavior Analysts while applying the content they have covered during their coursework.Practicum Placement Sites:

  • Public and private school settings
  • Individualized home programming sites
  • Other mental health-related settings throughout Allegheny, Fayette, and Washington counties

Practicum Placement Site Tasks:

  • Conducting behavioral assessments
  • Designing education and behavioral programs
  • Conducting preference assessments
  • Developing behavior support plans
  • Creating data collection procedures

Please NOTE: Students must first complete ESP 701 prior to being permitted to enroll in intensive practicum.

Curriculum - Master's

View cohort sequences

Curriculum - Certificate

View cohort sequences


Students in the applied behavior analysis program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Program Website

Program Coordinator

Peter Heh, Ed.D, BCBA (University of Pittsburgh), M.Ed. (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Washington and Jefferson College), Assistant Professor; Specializations: Autism, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Assessment Design.
          Web Page:
          Phone: 724-938-4993

Program Faculty

Kalie Kossar, Ed.D., BCBA-D, (West Virginia University), M.Ed. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.S. (University of Pittsburgh), Associate Professor
Specializations: Collaboration, Assessment, Inclusion, Applied Behavior Analysis

Katherine Mitchem, Ph.D., BCBA-D (Utah State University), M.Ed. (Drury University), B.S. (Manchester University), Professor; Specializations: Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism

For faculty bios, visit: