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Dual Enrollment: MA Counseling Psychology/MS Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years

Our Dual Enrollment: M.A. Counseling Psychology/M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program offers the opportunity for students to pursue multiple credentials, including licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®). Offering a solid foundation in behavior analysis, as well as providing diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills, this dual master’s program […]

Our Dual Enrollment: M.A. Counseling Psychology/M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program offers the opportunity for students to pursue multiple credentials, including licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®).

Offering a solid foundation in behavior analysis, as well as providing diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills, this dual master’s program will help graduates develop a unique skill set that can position them as leaders in the field of psychology.

The Chicago School’s M.A. Counseling Psychology program incorporates the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Graduates will have met the degree and coursework requirements to be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois.

Through The Chicago School’s M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis program, students will learn how to use modern technology to bring about socially significant behavioral changes through data-based decision making and program development. This master’s in science program meets the degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements to be eligible for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®).

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Diversity in Clinical Practice

Recognizing that becoming a multiculturally competent practitioner is a lifelong endeavor, this course serves as a foundation upon which continued personal and professional development in the area of diversity should be built. Students will be supported in learning about themselves as sociocultural beings and will identify the impact of their own worldviews, cultural privilege, and biases on cross-cultural interactions. This course will also address the psychological, socio-political, historical, and economic influences on various aspects of social identity, including but not limited to, gender, ethnicity, religion, class, race, immigrant status, disability, and sexual orientation. This involves gaining a better understanding of the mechanisms that impact less privileged groups. The course will be presented in both didactic and experiential formats with a focus on self-awareness and students will be expected to actively engage in interdependent and reflective learning. (3 credits)

Psychology of the Lifespan

This course examines normal development from infancy through advanced age, focusing on the development of perceptual and cognitive processes, psychosocial roles, and familial interpersonal processes. Current clinical approaches are examined from diverse theoretical viewpoints and in view of recent research findings. Cultural diversity and individual differences are integral to this course. (3 credits)

Professional Development Group

 In the Professional Development Group, students explore issues of professional and career development in applied behavior analysis. In addition, this course provides a forum for students to receive regular advisement, become oriented to The Chicago School, review policies and procedures of the program, master APA style and improve professional writing skills, learn and discuss implementation of APA ethical guidelines, plan for progress through the program, and prepare to begin their first practicum. (credit/no credit) (Lab fee) (1 credit)

The M.A. Counseling Psychology program aligns with degree and coursework requirements to be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois. Candidates for licensure must pass the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE). All candidates are also required to complete the application process, which may include fees and/or a background check. For further information about licensure, please visit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

BCBA® Certification & Licensure M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis
The M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis is aligned with degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements for eligibility to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®
(BACB®).  Applicants for BCBA® certification must meet additional requirements established by BACB® including application, examination, and background check.

BCBA Examination Pass Rates for Verified Course Sequence

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*Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

There may be state professional licensure requirements to practice applied behavior analysis.  A state’s licensure board determines the specific requirements for candidates seeking professional licensure and those requirements are subject to change.  The following is professional licensure information as of the date of publication:

  • Graduation from the M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis Program in conjunction with BCBA® certification aligns with degree and certification requirements for professional licensure in Alabama, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. Graduation from the M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis Program aligns with degree requirements for professional licensure in Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York. Note that candidates for licensure may be required to meet additional state requirements such as application, examination, and background check.
  • A professional license is not required to practice behavior analysis in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. State laws on professional licensure are subject to change by their legislatures.

It is the student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements for any state not listed above.  The M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis may meet some or all of the requirements of states not listed, but additional state-specific approvals or coursework and/or practicum hours may be required beyond the program’s graduation requirements.  Some state licensing requirements include the following: completion of a master’s degree, post-graduate field work, certification as a board certified behavior analyst, examination, and application for license.

Due to recent and ongoing changes in state professional licensure of applied behavior analysis practitioners, students should contact the state board directly to verify information regarding professional licensure.  To assist with this research, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysists (APBA) publishes information regarding state licensure.

Licensure and Certification FAQ

The practicum and internship placement experiences serve to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of the education of a professional counselor. Students have the opportunity during the practicum and internship experiences to synthesize their knowledge, technique and skills learned in the classroom. These supervised field placements allow students to provide direct services to clients and demonstrate their understanding of key concepts in professional counseling in a clinical setting. Students are able to choose to apply to a wide variety of training sites that include community mental health centers, child welfare and family service agencies, substance abuse programs, college counseling centers, as well as private group practices. The sites available for the training experience are chosen based on their ability to serve diverse populations that will offer the best possible experience to equip students for working in the counseling field. Students are required to complete a minimum of a 9 month placement experience and complete at least 700 hours with 280 direct service hours during the placement to meet the Illinois licensure requirements.

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1900

Chicago, IL 60601

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s M.A. Counseling Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Applicants will be evaluated on their overall ability to complete graduate work. Factors considered prior to admission include: GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools, successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree, relevant experience, the required admission essay, and letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors. An undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is expected for admission. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to enhance their applications.

The M.A. Counseling Psychology program has two specific required undergraduate courses that must be completed prior to enrollment with a grade earned of “C” or better (at least one course in psychology and one course in either statistics or research methods). The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required; however students who have taken the exam may submit their scores to enhance their application. Scores should be sent directly to the school (GRE School Code: 1119) for consideration. Please see the application for detailed instructions and information regarding application requirements, application deadlines, and letters of recommendation. Applications must be submitted with a $50.00 (USD) application fee in order to be evaluated.

Optional:  Official GRE scores may be used to enhance your application.

You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school. Our school code is 1119.

Students who have yet to take the GRE examination should contact them at GRE.org to register for an exam date.

Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact them at GRE.org, to have their scores forwarded directly to the school.

International Application Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

A course in Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better

A course in Statistics or Research Methods, with a grade of C or better

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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