Applied Behavior Analysis
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Questions about BACB Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis:
Why should you pursue certification in behavior analysis?
The answer is marketability. ABA practitioners know that certification is the key to job growth and security. There is a growing need for well-trained board certified professionals in behavior analysis to work, such as consult in schools' early intervention programs, day programs, residential settings and home-based programs. Certification in behavior analysis will provide the opportunity to access a wide range of career options.
Florida Tech offers a comprehensive professional development program in behavior analysis with a flexible and supportive online environment. For your convenience, all courses are offered completely online and do not require any travel to the Florida Tech campus. With the Florida Tech ABA Online course series, you have the opportunity to develop your knowledge in behavior analysis from the comfort of your home or work with a time that best fits your schedule.
The ABA Online Program courses meet the instructional requirements towards certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst ® (BCaBA®) defined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®).
Depending on which certification individuals are seeking, there are four terms required for the BCaBA® level of certification, or six terms required for the BCBA® level. All courses are taught at the master's level and require master's level coursework to be completed.
Which courses do I need to take to become certified?
If you are interested in becoming certified, and have not taken any courses that meet instructional requirements for certification, you can choose to take the ABA Online courses series (four terms for BCaBA®, or six terms for BCBA®) to qualify for the instructional hours required for certification.
When is the next certification exam?
The BACB® currently offers certification exam periods four times a year. All degree course work, instructional requirements, and supervised experience must be completed prior to qualifying to take the BACB® examination. Anyone interested in sitting for the BACB® examinations may apply before completing these requirements. For more information, visit the BACB's® website at http://www.bacb.com/.
What is the difference between BCBA and BCaBA?
The requirements to apply the BCaBA® certification examination are less than the requirements to apply for the BCBA® examination. The occupation salary and type of job positions may differ depending on the agency and the state. The BACB® strongly recommends that any BCaBA® works under the supervision of a BCBA® and does not independently practice. Some states adhere to this BACB® recommendation while others have different stipulations depending on the type of client and/or practice.
Will I be certified in behavior analysis when I complete all the courses in one of the two professional development programs?
Only the BACB® can certify behavior analysts. In order to be certified in behavior analysis with the BACB®, one must first meet all certification requirements, including:
- The instructional requirements (which can be completed with the ABA Online course series)
- Degree course work taken at an accredited institution (for more information on required degrees, visit http://bacb.com/)
- Supervision hours
- Apply to the BACB®
- Be deemed eligible by the BACB® to take one of their examinations
- Take and pass the BACB® examination
General Questions about our Courses:
Academic Dismissal Process / Right of Appeal
Students who receive a grade lower than a B in a given course due to lack of points or a score less than 70% on the final exam will need to retake the course at their own expense. If the failed course is a prerequisite of the next course in the sequence, students who fail the prerequisite course will not be permitted to proceed to the next course in the sequence until a passing grade has been earned in the prerequisite course. Students who fail a course will not be permitted to take the failed course concurrently with the next course in the sequence if the failed course is a prerequisite of the next course. Please note that retaking a failed course does not replace the original grade on your transcripts. Both attempts at the course will appear on your transcripts, and both grades will be calculated into your cumulative GPA.
Probation and Dismissal Policies
Students taking the ABA Online program courses for continuing education nontransferable graduate credit must maintain good academic standing. Students whose term GPA falls below 3.0 (2.9 or lower) will be placed on academic probation. Students who begin a term on academic probation, and fail to achieve a term GPA of 3.0, will be academically dismissed from the program. Students who are academically dismissed have the right to appeal the dismissal. If readmitted, the student will have one last opportunity to achieve good academic standing. A third term GPA below 3.0 will result in permanent academic dismissal.
Students completing the course as nonmatriculating graduate students must maintain academic good standing as outlined in the Florida Institute of Technology‘s University Catalog. Master’s students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 are no longer considered to be in academic good standing. Students who fail to meet the required minimum term GPA of 3.0 will have their academic standing progress sequentially through warning, probation, suspension and dismissal as outlined in the university catalog.
ABA Online Program Holiday Policy for Students
As a program we would like to encourage our students, co-instructors and staff to spend university approved holidays with their friends, family or just taking some personal time. In addition, we want our co-instructors to have the opportunity to take advantage of specific continuing education activities and conferences to ensure they remain current on recent advancements in ABA. However, we strive to maintain exceptional instructional practices and provide students with much needed contact with their co-instructors in the form of weekly online meetings. In keeping with these goals the following policy was drafted regarding holidays and make-up sessions.
Online meetings will be canceled on the following University Holidays:
- New Years eve and day (Dec 31 and January 1st unless otherwise noted)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Presidents Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day (July 4th)
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving (Wed-Friday unless otherwise noted)
- Christmas (December 24-26th unless otherwise noted)
Classes MAY be cancelled or limited sections offered:
- During FABA, ABAI, APBA
When an online meeting is canceled due to a holiday or conference:
- Additional regular sessions will be designated as make-up sessions for that week ONLY.
- Information regarding available sections will be provided to students via email and Canvas approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the canceled meetings.
- Online meetings may be larger during weeks during which a holiday occurs.
- Attendance points will be assigned "automatically" for those students whose section meets on the holiday/cancelation day(s).
- Students may choose to attend a make-up session if their regular section met on a day classes were canceled, but are not required to do so to earn attendance points.
- If a make-up meeting is attended it will not count against the maximum of 2 make-ups allowed in a term.
Accessing Florida Tech email from mobile devices.
- Go to http://my.fit.edu from any browser, sign in with your TRACKS Username & Password.
- Click on the link that says "* Google Password Required". That will take you to another page where you have to sign in with your TRACKS again.
- For the password type, select "Google Applications". This password is not initially set. You can set this password you want. It is convenient to use your TRACKS password, but not required.
- Then, go to http://mail.my.fit.edu, and sign in with your TRACKS again if needed. In the upper-right hand corner, locate the gear symbol and click on it, then click "Mail Settings" in the drop-down menu. Under the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" Tab, make sure that the POP option is enabled, as well as IMAP. Then click "save changes."
- Now that you have created your "Google Applications" password, you now have to add the e-mail account to your phone. The process differs slightly here for Android and iPhone users.
For Android Phones:
- Click "Add Account" from your mail setting - then select the GMAIL Icon; select "Next" --> "Sign In".
- In Username, put your full TRACKS Username, including the @my.fit.edu.
- In the password box, put the "Google Applications" password that you created before.
For Apple iPhones:
- Under Settings, select "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" (ios 5) and click "Add account."
- Click the GMAIL option.
- Under name, type the name you would like displayed.
- In Username, put your full TRACKS Username, including the @my.fit.edu.
- In the password box, put the "Google Applications" password that you created from the steps above.
Need flexibility in scheduling?
Each of the ABA Online courses are three months in length, allowing one to complete up to four courses in one year, if needed. Any individual taking the ABA Online course series can also space out the classes; all eight courses are offered every January (winter), April (spring), July (summer), and October (fall) sessions so that one can begin a course when it is most convenient for them throughout the year.
Each course is comprised of nine instructional units. With the busy professional in mind, one unit consists of an average of five to ten hours of video broken into smaller sections. This allows the student to fit study time into their busy schedules.
The instructional videos are available on demand, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A computer with better than dial-up internet connection is required to run the ABA Online Program courses. These videos can be stopped, rewound, watched, and re-watched as necessary. For the student on the go, the videos, and now podcasts are also available for viewing on your smart mobile phone or mp3 player devices!
Nervous about taking tests?
There is no need to travel for the ABA Online unit exams (or tests). While all of the course tests are closed note and closed book, they may be taken online in the location of your choosing with reliable internet connection. There are two exams for each unit. The best score of these two exams are used as the final score for that particular unit exam score. Students are given time between the two exams to study and further facilitate learning to the student's success.
Need a quick response to questions?
In addition to the email information of your co-instructor, there are also easy-to-use online discussion boards that are checked by many instructors over twice daily to give students an opportunity to ask questions or discuss topics and get quick assistance. It is a great tool to collaborate with fellow students around the world.
Need to get the most out of study time?
Students are provided with an array of online study materials to facilitate learning in the course and assist in passing the BCBA® or BCaBA® exam. Students have the opportunity to utilize a detailed study guide while watching to follow along with the videos. This is a great study aid not only for the course, but also when studying for the certification exams. Students are also provided with printable powerpoint presentations for each lecture and other study materials. Best of all, these materials are available online whenever you need to access them throughout the course.
Want to interact with others in the field?
Students meet along with 10 to 15 other students online with an instructor for one hour a week. Upon registration, there are many different times to choose from while deciding your weekly meeting time. Because the ABA Online Program has students all over the world, these sections are available from early in the morning to late at night all week! Students access a live online classroom where they will be able to see and hear their co-instructor. Students can ask questions, take part in discussions and answer polls, just like a physical classroom.
Want to learn from the best?
Dr. Martinez-Diaz is the program director and lead instructor for the ABA online courses. He has worked as an ABA practitioner, professor, and administrator. Dr. Martinez-Diaz is a respected member of the ABA community, and among his many other roles, served as the President of the Florida Association of Behavior Analysis. Dr. Martinez-Diaz is highly experienced in focusing on people with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders, mental retardation, disruptive behavior disorders, schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury. His classes are fun and filled with his stories to help make the concepts come to life for students. Most of all, Dr. Martinez-Diaz is passionate about ABA and the powerful impact it can have on the lives of clients, caregivers and the community as a whole.
In addition to lectures delivered by Dr. Martinez-Diaz, students will also be exposed to other respected experts in the field in some units. This way, students are learning from the best.
How much does it cost?
Course Start & End Date
||Credits||Early Registration||Regular Registration||Late Registration|
Winter: October 15 – January 11
Aug 1 – Sep 1
Nov 1 – Dec 1
Feb 1 – Mar 1
May 1 – Jun 1
Sep 2 – Oct 10
Dec 2 – Jan 7
Mar 2 – Apr 1
Jun 2 – Jul 1
Oct 11 – Oct 17
Jan 8 – Jan 15
Apr 2 – Apr 9
Jul 2 – Jul 9
BEHP 5011Foundations, Concepts and principles of Behavior Analysis
BEHP 5012Basic Elements of Applied Behavior Analysis
BEHP 5013Developing, Strengthening and Maintaining Behavior
Introduction to Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts
Decreasing, Eliminating and replacing Problem Behavior
BEHP 5014 and 5015 are to be taken concurrently in the same term.
Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts
Targeted Topics in Behavior Analysis
BEHP 5016 and 5017 are to be taken concurrently in the same term.
Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis
Is there Financial Aid available?
The ABA Online Program does not offer scholarships, grants, or government loans (such as the Stafford Loan) at this time. The aides our program accepts are Sallie Mae, military education aid (MyCAA), and Americorps. We also suggest that potential students contact their local bank to request a career training loan.
To view more information about our financial aid options, or how to apply, please go to our Financial Aid page.
Our school code is 001469.
Where do I sign up?
The ABA Online Program does not require an application process since they are offered through the Continuing Education Department. To sign up for class, use the registration page of our ABA Online Program website at http://www.fit.edu/bst/programs/aba/registration/.
The registration website contains all of the information required for registration of our program. We do not require copies of your transcripts as you will need to send them to the BACB® when applying to sit for the certification exam.
I've taken similar courses before. Do I still have to take all the courses offered by Florida Tech?
This question will be best answered by emailing the BACB® at email@example.com.
The outcome depends on:
- What course(s) you have taken
- When you took said course(s)
- What institution you took said course(s)from
Students with course content grids or syllabus from previous courses taken at other insitutions can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if any of the courses can substitute hours for our course series.
Do I need a bachelor's or master's degree to take the courses?
To enroll in the ABA Online Program for professional development credit, a bachelor's or master's degree is not required. However, to meet certification requirements from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, individuals must have either a bachelor's or master's degree depending on the certification they are pursuing.
Please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®'s website at http://www.bacb.com/ for the current requirements for certification.
Do these courses count toward a bachelor's or master's degree?
These courses are offered as professional development continuing education courses and are not a part of Florida Tech's degree programs.
Courses can be taken for either transferable or nontransferable Master’s credit. Non-transferable Master's credit has reduced registration fees than the Florida Tech transferable Master’s credit. For transferable Masters’ credit the student pays the current Florida Tech tuition. The application and registration process is different for these students. This program is not an online master’s degree.
When and where will the four or six term course sequences be offered?
The ABA Online courses from each sequence (BCBA® and BCaBA®) are offered four times a year.
Please see our page "Registration, Schedule, and Fees" for exact dates and registration prices.
Our program posts weekly updates with all of our upcoming courses, which can be found online on our course front page at http://aba.fit.edu/.
For information on the following, please sign up for our mailing list here:
- Future on-site or online courses lead by qualified instructors
- Important updates
- ABA news regarding any of our online courses
Any on-site courses can be specifically requested, by location, with a minimum of 25 students applied to register.
To request an on-site course, please contact the director of Continuing Education at email@example.com, RE: Request an On-Site Course.
What is the Refund Policy?
Drop/Transfer/Withdrawal Requests to drop, transfer or withdraw from a course must be received prior to the drop or withdrawal deadline. To drop, transfer or withdraw from a course, please contact the ABA Online program AND submit the proper paperwork BEFORE the drop/transfer or withdrawal deadline.
Drop/Transfer Policy: Students may drop a course within 7 days of the course start date. Students dropping a course within the first 7 days will receive a refund minus a cancelation fee, and the course will not appear on the student’s permanent academic record. Failure to attend class or verbal notification to the instructor/co-instructor/staff does not constitute an official drop from the course.
Students may transfer enrollment to a future term within 7 days of the course start date. Students transferring course enrollment to a future term will be assessed a course transfer fee. For more information on transferring course enrollment, contact the ABA Online program.
Withdrawal Policy: After the 7-day drop window, students may withdraw from the course by submitting a withdrawal form prior to the withdrawal deadline for the term (listed below). Withdrawing during this time period will result in forfeiture of all registration fees paid to the university, and a grade of W will appear on the student’s permanent academic record. Failure to attend classes or verbal notification to the instructor/co-instructor/staff does not constitute an official withdrawal from the course. Students who do not officially withdraw from a course prior to the withdrawal deadline, and who do not successfully complete the course, will receive a failing grade of F on their permanent academic record. Please note the ABA Online program’s academic calendar is different from the on-campus or the extended studies academic calendar. Students are responsible for assessing their own situation before the withdrawal deadline and requesting a withdrawal from the course if they, for any reason, will not be able to complete the course.
3-Credit Courses - Withdrawal Deadlines:
- 42 days (six weeks) from the first day of the course
2-Credit Courses - Withdrawal Deadlines:
- 28 days (four weeks) from the first day of the course
1-Credit Courses - Withdrawal Deadlines:
- 21 days (three weeks) from the first day of the course
How do I request a transcript?
Transcript request information can be found here on our transcript page.
How do I log into the course?
Students in the ABA Online Program can log into their learning management system, or Canvas to access the course at:
Students taking CE Workshops can log into their workshop in CourseWebs to access the course at:
Can I access these courses from my mobile device?
Our pre-recorded CE courses are compatible with all mobile devices Most of our live broadcasts work with all mobile device systems as well, so long as they have a 3G connection or higher, or is connected to a wireless network.
BACB Approved Course Sequences
The pre-recorded lectures can be viewed on all mobile devices starting with the 4th edition task list course sequences.
The weekly co-instructor meetings can be viewed on all mobile devices with the Adobe Connect application.
Does Florida Tech Offer Job Placement Services?
Florida Institute of Technology acts as an education and training provider and makes no particular guarantee regarding employers or job markets.
Florida Tech’s website contains links to opportunities as a courtesy to its users and assumes no responsibility for content and the material supplied by them.
Finding a job is the individual responsibility of the student and students are urged to research and search out employment opportunities at their own discretion.
Questions about the Online Format:
Nervous about taking an online course?
Learning in an online environment may seem scary at first, however, there are resources to help you become accustomed to the virtual environment. Our courses offer training videos on the learning management system that will help you to navigate the course.
Technical support is available for those who need additional assistance.
Taking an online class doesn't mean you're alone! Students have the opportunity to communicate with their co-instructor, ask questions, and even interact with other students using discussion boards and live chats. Our ABA staff can also assist during work hours by phone and email to assist or direct you to the person who can answer your questions.
Unsure of if your learning style will be accommodated? Not to worry! The Florida Tech ABA Online Program has a variety of qualified, BCBA® co-instructors to choose from for your weekly online meetings. This will allow you to not only chose a time that best fits your schedule, but also choose an online meeting that matches your style of learning.
Remember that these courses, in addition to the instructors to assist you, also have many study materials to help facilitate learning.
What are the minimum computer requirements for the online courses?
Most home and office computers (such as desktops and laptops) meet the minimum requirements.
The minimum requirements for the ABA Online Program courses include:
- High-speed (384k+) Internet connection
- Operating System Windows 7, 8 or Mac 10.8 and above with either:
- Administrative rights on the computer (most home computers) or
- An IT department who can install necessary software (most work computers)
- Computer with:
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What are my options for proctoring on the final exam?
Students enrolled in the ABA Online Program are required to utilize the RP Now proctoring service.
- The service is a lightweight software program that runs on almost any newer computer without the need to install complicated software or hardware.
- The service is more accommodating and takes place of an individual proctor for our students.
- The service uses your standard webcam and microphone to monitor your test.
- The service uses your webcam and microphone to record audio and video throughout both the authentication process and the entire exam. The screen is recorded throughout the exam to ensure that academic honesty is upheld.
How to use the RP Now proctoring service:
- The lightweight software program can be run on almost any newer computer for each test. You will be prompted in your course to complete a proctor setup check to ensure that you are comfortable with the process and that everything is in working order.
- Step by step instructions and an instructional video will be provided within your course.
- It is preferred that an external webcam is used rather than a built in camera. This is because you will be required to use the camera to provide a 360° view of the room during authentication. Built in cameras require you to move the entire computer to provide this view.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding proctoring.
Questions about Supervision:
Do these professional development courses count toward the supervised experience requirement?
The ABA Online courses do not count toward supervision hours as required by the BACB®. Supervised experience consists of a student working with individuals in a human services environment under supervision of a BCBA®.
Please note: Certification applicants may not start accumulating experience until they have begun the course work required to meet the BACB® course work requirements.
Does Florida Tech offer supervised experience?
Florida Tech offers supervised field experience in the university undergrad and graduate degree programs, but not in the online professional development programs. For a list of supervisors, click here on our resources page.
Student Complaint Resolution Process:
- To promote prompt resolution of perceived wrongs and/or injustices which may arise between students and faculty/staff members.
- To promote prompt resolution of other grievances, whether academic or non-academic in nature.
- To assure the rights of privacy of all parties are maintained.
- To develop a higher sense of community among all persons at Florida Tech.
Informal Complaint Resolution Process
Occasions may arise in which a student feels that he or she has a legitimate basis for complaint. It is the policy of the university to promptly resolve these complaints. Those involved should initially attempt to resolve the matter informally and without the need to establish a record. The informal process for resolution of a complaint is as follows:
- When a student feels that he or she has a complaint, it should be taken by the student directly to the other party(s) involved.
- If the student and the other party are unable to resolve the matter or if for any reason the student does not feel at ease in going to the other party, he or she should contact the senior director of Continuing Education for assistance. Unit heads and directors are able to achieve a fair and equitable solution to most problems. If the student would rather not discuss the matter with the unit head or director, he or she may choose to go to the dean of students, and/or, if deemed necessary, to the vice president of student affairs.
Sex Discrimination or Equal Opportunity
- Complaints involving sex discrimination or equal opportunity can be resolved by using the procedures outlined above. However, if the student is not at ease with these procedures or feels they to be ineffective, he or she may seek the aid of the director of human resources, who is the Title IX Coordinator, at (321)674-8100. The title IX coordinator is a person designated by the university to ensure it is in compliance with federal laws regarding the resolution of sex discrimination allegations. This individual has the added responsibility of ensuring compliance with all federal laws regarding equal opportunity.
Formal Complaint Resolution Process
Students have the right to submit a formal written complaint for any grievance. Students should submit the complaint to the senior director of Continuing Education by e-mail to email@example.com or by faxing it to (321)674-7050.
The senior director will determine the appropriate person in the university to handle the problem and forward the complaint to that person. All written student complaints, with their resolutions, will be documented and the records maintained by the senior director of Continuing Education.