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.
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) ® Verified 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.
Non-degree seeking students (i.e., those that wish to complete the VCS coursework, but do not wish to complete the M.Ed.) may complete the Applied Behavior Analysis coursework within our Graduate Certificate Program.
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.
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:
Completion of the ABA Concentration M.Ed. makes graduates eligible for Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), with completion of:
- A Master's degree in Behavior Analysis, Education, or Psychology, with course content covering the 4th Edition Task List (Links to PDF.)
- Supervised Experience Hours
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification examination, with a passing score
University of North Florida's M.Ed. ABA Concentration offers an Intensive Practicum experience that may be taken as elective courses. The Intensive Practicum provides Supervised Experience Hours that may be used towards satisfying certification requirements.
Admissions to the Program
Fall Admit Only
Initial application review deadline for Fall admission: March 31st. Final Application review deadline for Fall admission: August 1st. Preference will be given to applications submitted by the March 31st deadline. 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. 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.
3. 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
4. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for admissions must apply under the college's exception policy.