School of Behavior Analysis

Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis

masters-applied-behavior-analysisApplied behavior analysis (ABA) is the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvements in behavior. ABA includes the use of direct observation, measurement and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior. Based on the findings of descriptive and functional analyses, ABA uses antecedents and consequences to produce practical change. ABA is based on sound scientific principles and has a solid research foundation that proves its effectiveness. ABA focuses on explaining behavior in terms of external events (that can be manipulated) rather than internal constructs (that are beyond our control).The masters in applied behavior analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) provides training for individuals interested in careers in ABA, including (but not limited to) working with people with autism and related intellectual disabilities. Earning a masters in applied behavior analysis opens the door to a variety of challenging jobs. With a masters in applied behavior analysis, graduates may specialize in clinical applications (e.g., working with people with intellectual disabilities), educational applications (e.g., designing and evaluating instructional technology), health and fitness, and other areas. Applied behavior analysis careers usually involve spending time in the problem environment. That is, behavior plans are implemented in the settings where behavior problems occur, rather than the client attending sessions at an office. 

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