Youngstown State University Announces New Master's Degree Program in Response to Job Market Demand

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There are far more jobs than applicants for board certified applied behavior analysts. This demand has led to a new master's program in psychology at Youngstown State University in Ohio. The program will start this Fall with five students and will expand in coming years. Graduates of the program will find many job opportunities despite the lack of jobs right now in other fields.

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Our master's program is the only program of its kind in Northeast Ohio. Ohio State University is the next closest opportunity. Our students can leave the program with a strong job outlook in applied psychology

Youngstown State University is one of the first Ohio universities to introduce a master's program in applied behavior analysis. The new program which will be in the psychology department begins this Fall.

The idea for the program came from assistant professor of psychology Michael Clayton. Clayton saw a significant need for graduates in the fields of autism treatment, geriatrics, developmental disabilities and special education. Employers in the Mahoning Valley are in need of professionals with master's-level training.

"Our master's program is the only program of its kind in Northeast Ohio. Ohio State University is the next closest opportunity. Our students can leave the program with a strong job outlook in applied psychology," said Clayton, who earned his Ph. D. from the University of Nevada, Reno.

When the master's track is initiated in the fall, four to six students will be accepted, but eventually that number will rise to 15. Students will earn considerable professional training in the program.

Students in the program will gain two years of practical experience working hands-on with different populations of people for each of their two years. They'll also be prepared to pass the certification exam. "Graduates will be qualified to sit for the certification exam in order to be certified as behavior analysts. They will be prepared to take many of the available jobs in the psychology field" Clayton said.

While many fields are cutting jobs in the recession, this is one job category that is in demand. "There are far more jobs than there are applicants in the field. Salaries of $60,000 per year are common with a master's degree and board certification in applied behavior analysis," he said.

Help for the new program came from the YSU Psychology department, Shearle Furnish, dean of the YSU College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the YSU Graduate School, and Tracy Thurkow of Pittsburgh's Continuous Learning Group.

About Youngstown State University
YSU was founded in 1908 and is an urban research university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. The university offers both undergraduate, master's degree programs and doctorates. Master's Degrees include graduate music programs, and more. Nearly 14,000 students from Ohio, Pennsylvania, the other 48 states, and 45 foreign countries attend YSU. The student/faculty ratio is 19:1 which shows a strong commitment to the success of each student.

To learn more about the new Master's program in psychology and information about Youngstown, an ohio university see http://www.ysu.edu or call Clayton at 330-941-1613.

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