• Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration

    The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education, with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is designed to prepare professionals to deliver ABA services to individuals with exceptionalities. 

     

    BACB Appproved

    The program consists of 36 semester hours that include prerequisites, core and major requirements, and electives.
    Students in the ABA concentration will complete course work in a Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) ® Approved Course Sequence.

     

     

    These courses satisfy the coursework requirement component of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In 2016, UNF’s percentage of first-time test takers that passed the board examination was higher than the national average.

     

     

     

     

    What is Applied Behavior Analysis?


    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior. ABA has a specific focus on changing socially-significant behaviors; that is, things that are important for individual success.

    ABA has been successfully applied in various areas of practice, including education, autism treatment, business organizations, and many more. To gain more information about the fields of application in ABA, visit the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies website.

    Careers in ABA are growing. According to a survey conducted by the Association for Professional Behavior Analysis in 2014, the modal annual income for a masters-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) ranges between $65,000 and $75,000. To learn more about the credentialing process and career opportunities, visit:

     

     

    Admissions to the Program

    Application deadline is rolling. Fall admit ONLY 

    Those entering the College of Education and Human Services must meet Graduate School admissions requirements as well as specific COEHS admissions criteria.  

     
    1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions


    2. GRE scores required (verbal, quantitative, and writing portions taken within the last 5 years)
        *(Institutional Code: 5490) 

    3. Three current professional letters on official letter head (if applicable) with an original signature (electronic signatures are not acceptable). Letters from relatives will not be accepted. The letters should indicate:
        *Applicant's academic background. 
        *Applicant's aptitude for graduate work. 
        *Applicant's capabilities for future performance an scholarship. 
        *At least one letter from a college/university professor is preferred.  

    4. Written statement of 500-1000 words that includes the following information:
        *Reasons for seeking admission into the M.Ed. in Special Education program
        *Professional goals
        *How the program will help attain goals  

    5. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for admissions must apply under the college’s exception policy.
     

    Certification Information

     

    ABA certification is offered through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board at the following two levels:

    • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) – If you have earned a Master’s degree and meet additional requirements, you may be eligible for BCBA certification; and
    • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) – If you have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree and meet additional requirements, you may be eligible for BCaBA certification

    Please note, in addition to the courses, a supervised practicum is required for certification. Questions regarding certification eligibility and practicum should be directed to info@BACB.com.

  • Major: Special Education
    Concentration: Applied Behavior Analysis
    Degree: Master of Education
    Core Requirements (6 credits)
    EDF6480 Foundations of Ed Research (3 Credits)
    EDF6607 Education in America (3 Credits)
    Major Requirements (27 credits)
    EEX5053 Foundations Excep Ed and Serv (3 Credits)
    EEX5612 Prin of Applied Beh Analy I (3 Credits)
    EEX5617 Prin of Applied Beh Analy II (3 Credits)
    EEX5619 ABA in Dev Disab and Autism (3 Credits)
    EEX6025 Issues/Trends Excep Ed/Service (3 Credits)
    EEX6301 Research in Special Education (1-3 Credits)
    EEX6402 Comm, Coll, Consult Spec Ed (3 Credits)
    EEX6625 App Beh Anal Ed and Perf Mgmt (3 Credits)
    EEX6747 Ethics in ABA and Ed Settings (1-3 Credits)
    Major Electives (3 credits)
    • A minimum of 3 credit hours to be selected by the student in consultation with the Program Supervisor.
    SELECT Min 3 hrs w/Prog Dir Consult
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     NOTE: 

    •  A minimum of 6 credit hours to be selected by the student in consultation with the program sponsor. Select from EED /EEX/ EGI/ EHD/ ELD/ EMR/ SPA/ EDG/ EDF/ EME/ TSL/ SDS/ MHS/ EDA/ EDS.
    • A student may receive credit for a course only once. However, the GPA will reflect all repeated courses.
    • No more than 10 semester hours can be completed before a student is fully admitted, including a maximum of 6 semester hours of approved credits from another institution.
    • An approved dual/concurrent enrollment form is required prior to registering for courses at another institution.
    • Students are strongly advised not to enroll in courses at another institution during their last semester at UNF.
    • Graduation will most likely be delayed for students who attempt dual enrollment in their last semester.