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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.

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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:

Certification Information

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.

Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis (Master of Education)

Program Description for Special Education

Major: Special Education Concentration: Applied Behavior Analysis Degree: Master of Education

Core Requirements (3 credits)

EDF6607 Education in America (3 Credits)

Major Requirements (33 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)

EEX6668 Behaviorism (3 Credits)

EEX6747 Ethics in ABA and Ed Settings (1-3 Credits)

EEX6841 Practicum in Special Education (3-9 Credits)


  • 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.