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Master of Arts in Professional Behavior Analysis

Overview

The Master of Arts in Professional Behavior Analysis combines 24–27 semester credit hours of coursework from Florida Tech's ABA online program with 21 semester credit hours completed in residence at one of several behavior analysis agencies across the country. The program provides students a high-quality hands-on education at convenient locations. Florida Tech faculty, housed at the host agencies, help students integrate academic curriculum with practical experience.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) has approved the Florida Tech BCBA® course sequence as meeting all instructional requirements for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®). The in-residence component integrates coursework with supervised practica and a capstone project completed on site. The practicum meets the BACB's supervised experience requirement for BCBA certification. On graduation, students meet all the requirements to sit for the BCBA examination. The program also meets licensure standards in all states currently licensing professional behavior analysts. The program has been designed to meet the upcoming accreditation standards (2015) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

Admission Requirements

Prospective students may apply and be accepted into the program after identifying a residence site and completing Foundations, Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (BEH 5011), Basic Elements of Applied Behavior Analysis (BEH 5012) or an equivalent approved by the program chair. Preference will be given to applicants who have either successfully completed the ABA online assistant graduate certificate program (resulting in satisfaction of requirements for certification as a BCaBA®) or who have successfully completed at least two courses from the certificate program. The courses from the certificate program are part of the graduation requirements for the professional master's program.

All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university. Only applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale), or who have a GPA of 3.5 or above after taking at least 12 credits of graduate-level instruction in behavior analysis will be considered for admission into the program.

Applicants must submit a graduate application with accompanying fee, statement of objectives, a résumé, official transcripts of all previous coursework, and three letters of recommendation. General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section of the university catalog.

Transition to Degree-Seeking Status In-Residence

Graduate policy states a maximum of 12 semester credit hours may be applied toward a degree before admission and matriculation in a degree-seeking program, but in the case of the master's in professional behavior analysis, permission of the academic unit head allows for continuing education students to register for up to 24 semester credit hours as an exception to the stated policy. Thus, students may enroll for up to 24 semester credit hours through the online program as a continuing education student before applying, being admitted and enrolling as a degree-seeking student in the master of arts program. All credit completed with a grade of B or above through ABA online will be counted toward graduation requirements for the degree once the student is offered admission and enrolls in the in-residence component.

Admitted students will be considered degree-seeking students once they enroll in the in-residence component of the program at the designated host agency. Admitted students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of the online component with no grade lower than a B before enrolling in the in-residence component. They may complete any additional required ABA online courses concurrently with or after completing the in-residence component.

The program may be completed in 24 months, provided the student takes online courses concurrently with the in-residence component. Although online courses are offered during four 12-week terms per year while the in-residence courses are offered during three 15-week terms per year, online courses will be available concurrently with in-residence courses.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Professional Behavior Analysis will be conferred on students who satisfy all program requirements and a final program examination.

Effective April 2013, students enrolled in the assistant graduate certificate program (begun after January 2013 but not completed as of July 2013) or the graduate certificate program (not completed as of January 2014) who are accepted into the program must complete the following program requirements for a total of 45 semester credit hours:

Core Curriculum (BACB 2015 Standards; online) (18 credit hours) CREDITS 
BEH 5011 Foundations, Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis 3
BEH 5012 Basic Elements of Applied Behavior Analysis 3
BEH 5013 Developing, Strengthening and Maintaining Behavior 3
BEH 5014 Introduction to Ethical and Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysis 1
BEH 5015  Decreasing, Eliminating and Replacing Problem Behavior 2
BEH 5016 Ethical and Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts 2
BEH 5017 Targeted Topics in Behavior Analysis 1
BEH 5018 Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis 3
Professional Curriculum (online) (6 credit hours)
BEH 5020 Current Topics in Behavior Analysis (one credit-hour course taken for a total of five credit hours) 5
BEH 5021 Coordinating Behavior Analysis with Psychiatric and Other Medical Services 1
In-Residence Curriculum (9 credit hours)
BEH 5022 Using Measurement, Graphs and Single-Case Designs in Behavior Analysis Practice 3
BEH 5023 Introduction to the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3
BEH 5024 Conceptual Analysis of Behavior 3
In-Residence Practicum and Capstone Project (12 credit hours)
BEH 5025 Intensive Practicum in nProfessional Behavior Analysis (may be taken for a total of 9 credit hours)* 9
BEH 5026 Practicum in Professional Behavior Analysis (3-credit course taken for a total of nine credit hours)  9
BEH 5027 Capstone Project in Professional Behavior Analysis 3

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 45

*A total of nine semester credit hours of either BEH 5025 or BEH 5026, or combination of BEH 5025 and BEH 5026.

Students enrolled in the assistant graduate certificate program or the graduate certificate program (begun before January 2013 and completed as of January 2014) who are accepted into the program must complete the following program requirements for a total of 48 semester credit hours:

Core Curriculum (2005 BCBA Standards; online) (15 credit hours)   CREDITS
BEH 5000 Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis 3
BEH 5001 Behavioral Assessment and Program Evaluation 3
BEH 5002 Behavior Change Procedures and Ethical Considerations 3
BEH 5003 Advanced Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis 3
BEH 5004 Special Topics in Behavior Analysis 3
Bridge Curriculum (transition from 2005 to 2015 Standards) (6 credit hours)
BEH 5014 Introduction to Ethical and Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts 1
BEH 5016 Ethical and Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysis 2
BEH 5019 New Behavior Analysis Tasks to Master (online only) 3
Professional Curriculum (online) (6 credit hours)
BEH 5020 Current Topics in Behavior Analysis (one credit-hour course taken for a total of five credit hours) 5
BEH 5021 Coordinating Behavior Analysis with Psychiatric and Other Medical Services  1
In-Residence Curriculum (9 credit hours)   
BEH 5022 Using Measurement, Graphs and Single-Case Design in ABA Practice 3
BEH 5023 Introduction to the Experimental Analysis oif Behavior 3
BEH 5024 Conceptual Analysis of Behavior
In-Residence Practicum and Capstone Project (12 credit hours)
BEH 5026 Practicum in Professional Behavior Analysis (3-credit course taken for a total of nine credit hours)  9
BEH 5027 Capstone Project in Professional Behavior Analysis 3

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 48

In-Residence Coursework: May be delivered on-site, via broadcast to a site or online via synchronous or asynchronous presentation. While enrolled in the in-residence component, students may take online courses from any location. Other than practicum and capstone project courses, students will not be restricted to courses offered at the in-residence site. Only the practicum and capstone project courses require on-site supervision by a faculty member. Between three and nine credits of Intensive Practical Training in Behavior Analysis (BEH 5251) may be substituted for Practicum in Professional Behavior Analysis (BEH 5026) to meet graduation requirements. Practicum in Professional Behavior Analysis (BEH 5026), Capstone Project in Professional Behavior Analysis (BEH 5027) and Intensive Practical Training in Behavior Analysis (BEH 5251) are considered full-load for financial aid purposes.

Additional Graduation Requirements: All 45 or 48 credits must be completed with a grade no lower than a B in order to count toward graduation requirements. The online ABA 2005 BCBA-approved sequence courses are graded as pass (P) or fail (F); however, the minimum point total for passing is the equivalent of a B. A grade lower than a B in six credits will be considered failure to make academic process and may result in dismissal. Students will also be required to complete a final program examination and a guided review in order to graduate. The six-hour review and examination will be offered near the end of the third in-residence term.