New BACB Requirements  

Approved BACB BCBA Online Courses ABA Online Program

The BACB® requirements are changing, and as a growing program, the Florida Tech ABA Online Program is poised to respond! We want you to be successful and understand how this could impact you.

Some Information About the New Task List & Our New Series  

  • All courses meet the new BACB requirements of the 4th Edition Task List.
  • One additional term of coursework is required for the new series of the ABA Online Program.
  • The additional terms are only three months each, making the new series 12 or 18 months (taking 3 credits per term).
  • Unlike many other schools, ABA Online Program offers 4 terms per year for each course, allowing you to complete the sequence quickly.
  • The ABA Online Program series will be offers it's newest series for the first time starting in the April 2013 term.

FAQs Regarding the New 4th Edition Task List

  • The New course sequence is aka the 4th edition course sequence. This course sequence meets the 4th Edition BACB Task List core curriculum requirements.
  • The final offering of the full 5-course (3rd edition task list) sequence will begin in the January 2013 term.
  • The last time BEHP five course series will be offered: 5001 April 2013, 5002 July 2013, 5003 April 2014, 5004 January 2014    
  • The New course sequences will be offered to students beginning with the April 2013 term. They will be available as follows:
    • 5011 April 2013
    • 5012 July 2013
    • 5013 October 2013
    • 5014 & 5015 January 2014
    • 5016 & 5017 April 2014
    • 5018 July 2014
  • The new courses meet the instructional requirements for the BACB 4th edition task list core curriculum standards and make up the BACB preapproved course sequences at the BCaBA and BCBA levels. BEHP 5011-5015 makes up the BCaBA course sequence and BEHP 5011- 5018 make up the BCBA course sequence. For both course sequences BEHP 5014 and 5015 are taken together in one term (sequentially during the term NOT concurrently). Within the BCBA course sequence BEHP 5016 and 5017 are also taken concurrently within a single term.
    • 5011 Foundations, Concepts and principles of Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
    • 5012 Basic Elements of Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
    • 5013 Developing, Strengthening and Maintaining Behavior (3 credits)
    • 5014 Introduction to ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 credit)
    • 5015 Decreasing, Eliminating and replacing Problem Behavior (2 credits)
    • 5016 Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (2 credits)
    • 5017 targeted topics in Behavior Analysis (1 credit)
    • 5018 Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

Difference Between Sequences

  • The Florida Institute of Technology ABA Online courses provide a BACB-approved course sequence meeting all instructional requirements for BCaBA and BCBA certification. The differences in the courses fall into 3 categories: 1) Content, 2) Requirements met, 3) Time to complete, 4) Interface.
    • 1) Content and 2) Requirements: The Old course sequence (BEHP 5000-5004 for BCBA applicants and BEHP 5000-5002 for BCaBA applicants) – This course sequence covers material from the 3rd edition BACB Task List and meets the instructional requirements that are in place until the final exam administration under the 3rd edition task list, scheduled for September 2014.
      • The New course sequences (BEHP 5011-5018 for BCBA applicants and BEHP 5011-5015 for BCaBA applicants)- These course sequences covers material from the 4th Edition BACB Task List and meets the new instructional requirements outlined by the BACB. Changes include required standalone ethics courses (1 credit for the BCaBA and 2 additional credits for the BCBA certification) along with instructional hours at both the BCBA and BCaBA levels.
      • The Old course sequences Taking 3 credits per term, this course sequence takes 3 terms (approx. 9 months) to complete for BCaBA applicants and 5 terms (approx. 15 months) for BCBA applicants.
    • 3) Time to Complete: The Old course sequences Taking 3 credits per term, this course sequence takes 3 terms (approx. 9 months) to complete for BCaBA applicants and 5 terms (approx. 15 months) for BCBA applicants. The New course sequences -Taking 3 credits per term, this course sequence takes 4 terms (approx. 12 months) to complete for BCaBA applicants and 6 terms (approx. 18 months) for BCBA applicants.
      • The New course sequences -Taking 3 credits per term, this course sequence takes 4 terms (approx. 12 months) to complete for BCaBA applicants and 6 terms (approx. 18 months) for BCBA applicants.
    • 4) Interface: The New course sequences boasts high definition recording for improved video quality. The new video delivery system, Brainshark, will work on all devices and accessing videos is easy as compared to the old video formats (Progressive Download and Streaming). On most devices, this new video format also offers students viewing the videos on a desktop or laptop computer with internet connection the ability to enter Active Student Responding (ASR) answers in real-time as they watch the instructional videos. This gives students additional real-time interaction with the course material and saves student’s time, as they will not have to complete the ASR assignment after watching the videos. Finally, the new video delivery system will allow students to easily review instructional videos they have already viewed through the use of a Table of Contents feature, The Table of Contents feature will allow students to listen to specific parts of previously viewed videos rather than having to watch an entire segment.

How many terms does FL Tech offer per year?

  • Unlike other programs, FL Tech offers 4 terms per year beginning in January, April, July and October.
  • You may join the course sequence at the beginning of any term: January, April, July or October.

What If I Took the Old Course Sequence?

  • By completing the Old course sequence you will have met the instructional requirements related to the 3rd edition task list. You will need to complete the course sequence no later than the April 2014 term (take and pass the last course in the sequence in this term) AND complete your degree and supervision requirements (including all documentation of these requirements) in time to qualify for the last administration of the Old (3rd edition) exam. The late application deadline for this exam is September 2014. See the BACB website for deadlines.
  • For those who have COMPLETED The Old FL Tech ABA Online BCaBA or BCBA course sequence, but need to meet the new certification requirements at the level they completed will need to take the courses listed below to “bridge the gap.” Note that the Ethics courses will be offered in April 2014 for these individuals and the bridge course (5019) will be offered in July 2014.
    • BEHP 5014: Introduction to Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 Credit) –BCaBA & BCBA
    • BEHP 5016: Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (2 credits)-BCBA only
    • BEHP 5019: New Behavior Analysis Tasks to Master (3 credits) –BCaBA & BCBA

Can I switch from the Old to the New course sequence at any point?

  • Without taking additional coursework or having a course already taken not count, you may only switch from the old to the new course sequence after taking and passing the first course (BEHP 5000) or the second course (BEHP 5001) in the Old sequence. Attempting to switch from the old to the new course sequence at any other point will require taking additional coursework. See below for a CAUTION statement regarding this choice.
  • If you have taken and passed the BEHP 5000 course you may move on to BEHP 5012, and proceed through the new sequence of courses, and qualify under the 4th edition requirements. See below for a CAUTION statement regarding this choice.
  • If you have taken and passed the BEHP 5000 and BEHP 5001 you may move on to BEHP 5013, and proceed through the new sequence of courses, and qualify under the 4th edition requirements. See below for a CAUTION statement regarding this choice.
  • If you have taken and passed the BEHP 5000, BEHP 5001 and BEHP 5002 you may move into the new course sequence and complete the new sequence to qualify under the 4th edition task list standards. However, the 3rd course in the new course sequence is substantially different then the 3rd course in the old course sequence due to new BACB hours requirements and tasks. You will need to enroll in BEHP 5013, and proceed through the new sequence of courses to qualify under the 4th edition requirements. See below for a CAUTION statement regarding this choice.

CAUTION: Students who choose to take BEHP 5000 and then proceed into the new course sequence starting with the second course (BEHP 5012) should know that the BEHP 5000 course (based on the 3rd edition task list) does not cover all of the material covered in the first course of the New course sequence (BEHP 5011 -based on the 4th edition task list). Therefore these student will meet the instructional criteria in terms of hours required by the BACB, but will not have covered some of the tasks on the 4th edition task list. We are in the process of creating and will be offering additional instructional opportunities to bridge this gap between courses based on the 3rd edition and 4th edition task lists. This reasonably priced online presentation will not be required, but will be strongly recommended for students who began the new course sequence with BEHP 5000 rather then BEHP 5011, to prepare for the new exam by covering the additional objectives and material specific to the new 4th edition task list, not covered in BEHP 5000.

IMPORTANT NOTE! If you take/took BEHP 5000 and wish to apply the hours earned within this course to the 4th edition task list requirements you may do so. However, the content grid for this course is different depending on which task list requirements you apply under. If you completed BEHP 5000 and apply this course to meet to meet the 3rd edition task list requirements this course provides 40 hours of concepts and principles and 5 hours of behavior change. If you complete BEHP 5000 and apply this course to meet the 4th edition task list requirements, this course provides 45 hours of concepts and principles. This is due to a change in the way the tasks are divided in each task list. Although the BACB has not yet approved applying 5000 to the 4th edition standards for 45 hours of behavior change, we have no reason to believe this will not be accepted. Reviews of this kind will not be completed by the board until sometime in 2014.

 What if I completed the 3rd Edition BCaBA Sequence?

Those individuals who complete the Old BCaBA course sequence under the 3rd edition requirements and will need to meet the 4th edition requirements for their BCBA will have two options.

  • Option 1 - Options 1 requires taking 12 credits across 4 terms consisting of the following courses:
    • BEHP 5003 Advanced Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
      • BEHP 5003 and 5004 of the Old course sequence are in the process of being phased out so this is a time-limited option. BEHP 5003 will be offered for the last time in October of 2013 and BEHP 5004 will be offered for the last time in January of 2014. BEHP 5014 and 5015 will be offered in April 2014 and BEHP 5019 in July 2014.
    • BEHP 5004 Special Topics in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
      • BEHP 5003 and 5004 of the Old course sequence are in the process of being phased out so this is a time-limited option. BEHP 5003 will be offered for the last time in October of 2013 and BEHP 5004 will be offered for the last time in January of 2014. BEHP 5014 and 5015 will be offered in April 2014 and BEHP 5019 in July 2014.
    • BEHP 5014: Introduction to Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 Credit) –BCaBA & BCBA
    • BEHP 5016: Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (2 credits)
    • BEHP 5019: New Behavior Analysis Tasks to Master (3 credits)
  • Option 2 - Options 2 requires taking 12 credits across 4 terms consisting of the following courses:
    • 5013 Developing, Strengthening and Maintaining Behavior (3 credits)
    • 5014 Introduction to ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 credit)
    • 5015 Decreasing, Eliminating and replacing Problem Behavior (2 credits)
    • 5016 Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (2 credits)
    • 5017 targeted topics in Behavior Analysis (1 credit)
    • 5018 Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
    • BEHP 5013 will be offered starting in the July 2013 term.
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