Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis
School of Behavior Analysis
Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis (Orlando Campus)
Applied 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.
An applicant for a masters in applied behavior analysis should hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology, education or other related fields, although graduates from other fields are encouraged to apply. An applicant should have a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher. An applicant should submit an application form, the provided supplemental form and the graduate application fee. Applicants should submit a statement of career objectives, a résumé, three letters of recommendation and Graduate Record Examination General Test scores. In addition, official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses attempted must be submitted. All applications should be submitted by February 15, but will be accepted throughout the year. Pre-admission visits to the campus and conferences with faculty and students are strongly encouraged.
A student without a bachelor’s degree in psychology may be required to complete up to nine credit hours of psychology coursework at the undergraduate level before registering for graduate-level courses. A student who has not completed a course either in basic principles of learning (or conditioning), basic principles of behavior, or an introductory course in behavior analysis or the equivalent may not be able to register for ABA core classes until such a prerequisite is completed. A student who has not completed a physiological psychology course or the equivalent may not enroll in either PSY 5105 or PSY 5511. These courses are in addition to the credits required for a degree. A student with no previous behavior analysis-related experience may be required to obtain such experience prior to enrolling.
Orlando students enroll in BEHP5011 and BEHP 5017 (4 credits of ABA Online coursework) which transfer in to the degree program. *BEHP5014 was taken through ABA Online coursework but is currently being taught by Dr. Martinez-Diaz as of Fall 2016. This is part of the minimum of 44 semester credit hours is required for the masters in applied behavior analysis. Requirements include completing the core curriculum (24 credit hours), a course covering biological foundations of behavior and psychopharmacology (3 credits), intensive practical training (9 credit hours), and a capstone project course and five semester credit hours of pre-approved electives and a final program examination. All courses for the masters in applied behavior analysis must be passed with a grade of B or better. The final program examination for all students consists of a multiple-choice examination simulating the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Inc. certification examination at the behavior analyst (BCBA) level and covers material from the core courses. The final program examination is administered toward the end of the student’s second spring semester.
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