Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the design, implementation
and evaluation of environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvements in behavior. ABA includes the use of direct observation, measurement and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior. Based on the findings of descriptive and functional analyses, ABA uses antecedents and consequences to produce practical change. ABA is based on sound scientific principles and has a solid research foundation that proves its effectiveness. ABA is based on the belief that an individual’s behavior is determined by past and current environmental events in conjunction with organic variables such as genetics. Thus, it focuses on explaining behavior in terms of external events (that can be manipulated) rather than internal constructs (that are beyond our control).
Applied behavior analysts may specialize in clinical applications (e.g., developmental disabilities, mental health and traumatic
brain injury), educational applications (e.g., learning disabilities, and designing and evaluating instructional technology), health
and fitness, and other areas. They typically spend more time in
the problem environment than in their offices. Behavior plans are implemented in the settings where behavior problems occur, rather than the client attending sessions at an office.
The graduate program in applied behavior analysis is fully accred- ited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board Inc.® (BACB®) is the
only credentialing organization for the discipline. The BACB has approved the Florida Tech behavior analysis core course sequence, which is part of all our degree programs, as meeting the course- work requirements for eligibility to take the BCBA examination. In addition, The BACB has approved Intensive Practical Training in ABA (BEH 5250) as meeting the intensive practicum requirements for eligibility to take the BCBA examination when taken for a total of 12 credits over the course of three terms. Florida Tech’s degree programs in ABA, and ABA and OBM provide our students with all three requirements to sit for the BCBA examination immediately upon graduation.