The mission of the School of Behavior Analysis is to enhance the human condition through behavioral education, research, scholarship and service delivery by facilitating and reinforcing member actions that lead to these outcomes; and enhance the quality of life through outreach and dissemination of behavior scientists and services, based on the following beliefs and values:
- A behaviorally based educational approach will maximize student potential by inducing high standards of academic behavior and a strong knowledge base from which they can grow professionally.
- As is the discipline of behavior analysis, each program within the school is accountable not only to its students and faculty, but also the local community and the global community at large. The school is committed to excellence both in how to educate and mentor students and the product of their and the faculty’s work.
- As the first school of behavior analysis, there is a unique opportunity to model how future schools and departments of behavior analysis should be created and managed. Through a time-tested training model and diverse faculty, the school has built a world-renowned reputation for both excellence in research and clinical realms. It is the continued aim of the school to advance the science of behavior analysis in an effort to provide a comprehensive science of behavior that will allow society to increase quality of life and reduce human suffering.
The School of Behavior Analysis has four programs accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI): the three on-campus M.S. (as well as the M.S. program in Orlando) programs and the Ph.D. The ABAI requires that programs exist for a minimum of 5 years before they are eligible for accreditation. The M.A. program in Behavior Analysis Practice will go up for accreditation once it is eligible.
Core course sequences in all graduate degree and certificate programs contain ABAI-Verified Course Sequences (VCS). The M.A. and M.S. programs, as well as the BCBA certificate programs, meet coursework requirements for eligibility to take the BCBA® examination. Additionally, BEH 5261 Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork 1, BEH 5262 Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork 2, and BEH 5263 Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork 3 meet the Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork requirements for the experiential component of the BCBA examination application when taken for a total of 12 credits over the course of six semesters. Florida Tech’s on-campus degree programs in ABA, OBM and the dual program (ABA and OBM) provide students with the requirements to take the BCBA® examination immediately upon graduation.