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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions about the ABA Online Program:

To check your schedule, including start dates and times please use the following instructions as a guide.

  1. Please go to https://www.fit.edu/students/
  2. Select the PAWS button.
  3. Select STUDENT
  4. Select Registration
  5. Select Student Detail Schedule

To make changes to your schedule within the Add/Drop deadline:

         6. Select the Add/Drop Classes link

  • If you are switching sections in the same course (ex 5041 W01 to W02), please drop your current section first, then add your preferred section.
  • Section changes or registrations in PAWS may take several hours to update in Canvas.

To make changes to your schedule outside the Add/Drop deadline:

  • Switching Sections, Dropping, or Adding a course after the last day to register cannot be completed online.
  • Switching sections after the Drop/Add deadline is not likely to be approved unless the course has not started.
  • To review this date please check the Academic Calendar for your current semester.
  • For classes to be added or dropped after the last day to register, Students must complete a Change in Registration Status form and submit it to abaonline@fit.edu.
  • If registering for additional credits, it may require financial payment prior to processing the registration.

 

  1. Please go to https://www.fit.edu/students/
  2. Select the PAWS button.
  3. Select STUDENT
  4. Select Student Records
  5. Select Enrollment Verification
  6. You will be directed to National Student Clearinghouse
  7. Select Current or All Enrollment
  8. Click the "Obtain an enrollment certificate" link directly above that.
  9. Save, print or email the PDF document as needed.

Student ID cards can be request via https://ft.onlinephotosubmission.com. You will need to log in with your TRACKS credentials.

If you require assistance with obtaining your student ID card, please contact Campus Services at AccessControl@fit.edu.

To access your 1098T tax form, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. Choose the Student tab.
  3. Click on Student Records.
  4. Click on Tax Information.
  5. Click on Tax Notification.
  6. Select the tax year.

If you have any questions about your tax form, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at studentacctg@fit.edu.

Plans of study can be found on the Plans of Study and General Advising web page.

New students should follow the standard plan of study for their program.

Returning Florida Tech students who completed 4th Edition courses:

  • BEHP5011: Foundations, Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis

          OR

  • BEHP5011: Foundations, Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • BEHP5014B and BEHP5016B: Ethics in ABA. (only the B versions of both courses)

Will follow a modified Plan of Study found on the Plans of Study and General Advising web page.

 

The course sequence is designed to be progressive in content. Course material learned at the begining of the Plan of Study sequence should be mastered prior to advancing to subsequent courses.

Graduate students who earn a lower than a B for their final grade will be required to repeat a the course. Students are required to demonstrate mastery of the materials in each course, by earning a grade of B or better to be eligible for graduation.

Students who demonstrate exemplary performance may take additional electives in semesters 4 through 6 of the M.A. program without prior approval. No student may take more than seven credits in one semester.

These courses are designed to be completed at the student's conveninence during the Unit Week, without an additional online meeting in their schedule. Course descriptions can be found in the catalog.

 

  • 5020 is a current topic in Behavior Analysis course.
  • 5040 is a preliminary competencey assessment and should only be taken in the final semester to assist students in preparing for their Fianl Program Exam (FPE).
  • 5046 is comprised of content that benefits from reflection on how it relates to each student’s own experiences, practices and beliefs. Therefore, the online meeting component of this course was replaced with assignments that facilitate these reflections (along with lecture checks).The lead co-instructor for the course is Christine Ratcliff. Her contact information is provided within the course should students have any questions about the course materials. 
  • 5060-5065 focuses on practical applications of Behavior Analysisi as it applies to the student's experience.

 

Complete information about the available electives for the master’s program can be found on the Restricted Electives web page.

Required textbooks are listed in the course syllabus for each course and online on the Textbooks and Training Materials web page. Students should be mindful that they need to use the Florida Tech Online Bookstore to search for their required texts, not the on-campus bookstore.

 

The Florida Tech bookstore is used by on-campus students only. Students in online programs need to use Florida Tech’s online bookstore instead. A link to the correct bookstore is provided on the Textbooks and Training Materials web page next to each required text.

No, Students in the BCaBA and BCBA certificate programs do not take the FPE.

Passing an FPE is a university requirement for students enrolled in a master’s program.

Students can petition at any time before the deadlines for petitioning to graduate based on your graduation (last) semester. Please visit the Graduation website to determine these deadlines. 

Students who will graduate in a Summer semester will have a graduation ceremony prior to the ABA Online semester end date.  Graduation ceremonies are held based on on-campus degree program end dates. 

Dates and deadlines for the online programs do not always coincide with those of the main-campus programs. See the Program Completion/Petition to Graduate section of this handbook for complete instructions for petitioning to graduate.

Though a degree will not be conferred until the FPE is successfully passed, students who have petitioned to graduate and have made plans to attend commencement may attend (walk) the graduation ceremony even if the FPE is not passed.

Students will have 3 attempts to complete the FPE. Students should plan on registering for the FPE in the next available semester.Students registering should plan to register for the following sections in the FPE.

BEH0002 W01-1st Attempt

BEH0003 W01-2nd Attempt

BEH0004 W01-3rd Attempt

Diplomas are mailed once all graduation requirements are fulfilled. Students must re-petition for the following semester after commencement ceremonies have concluded for the new graduation semester.

Yes. Even though students in the certificate program do not participate in commencement ceremonies, you will still need to petition to graduate if you want to receive your certificate of completion for the program.

Students completing the M.A. program are invited to attend graduation, but it is not a requirement. Graduation is intended for those to whom a degree is being conferred. Since those in the certificate programs do not earn a graduate degree, they are not included in commencement ceremonies.

M.A. students should visit the Graduation web page and select their Fall/Spring/Summer Commencement semester to find order infomation for Graduation Regalia.

Contact Graduation office at graduation@fit.edu for any questions regarding petitioning to graduate, commencement ceremonies or regalia.

Please visit our information pages on : Transcripts and BCBA Exam Info

The VCS number is the number assigned to each Verified Course Sequence by ABAI. You will need this number when you apply for BACB certification. 

All Students: Do NOT check the box indicating the VCS coordinator will be submitting a VCS Coordinator Coursework Attestation.

The BACB will now require the following infomation when registering for the exam.

The program information you will need to enter on the BACB exam application are: 

BCBA/BCaBA Eligible Pathways ( Everyone who completed the BCaBA, BCBA, or MA program)

Behavior-Analytic Coursework (Pathway 2).

 Behavior-Analytic Coursework Information

  • BCaBA VCS Certificate Students

University Name: Florida Institute of Technology

Department Name: Behavior Analysis

Program Name: Applied Behavior Analysis Assistant Certificate

Mode of Instruction: Online

  • BCBA VCS Certificate Students

University Name: Florida Institute of Technology

Department Name: Behavior Analysis

Program Name: Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

Mode of Instruction: Online

  • M.A. Behavior Analysis Practice Students

University Name: Florida Institute of Technology

Department Name: Behavior Analysis

Program Name: Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

Mode of Instruction: Online

Degree: Masters

Institution: Florida Institute of Technology

Location: Melbourne, FL

Program Name: Behavior Analysis Practice, M.A.

 

If you have registered for classes at any point in the program and are changing your major from a graduate certificate program to another graduate certificate program, please follow these instructions:

  1. Go to PAWS and log in with your TRACKS credentials.
  2. Under the Student tab, click on Change of Major.
  3. After reading through the information on the tab, click on the box next to "I have read the information above . . ." and click the button that reads "Proceed to the request form."
  4. Complete and submit the request form.

If you have never registered for classes or are changing your major from the graduate certificate to master’s program (or vice versa), please follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to your application at https://admissions.fit.edu/apply and submit a request to change your major to the correct major.
  2. If you are changing into the master’s program, you will also need to upload a résumé to your application.

Yes, as Florida is in the Eastern time zone, any times published on the Florida Tech website are in the Eastern (EDT/EST) time zone.

How the courses are scheduled. 

In general, the 3-credit courses run for 11 weeks, beginning on the semester open date, and the 1-credit courses run for the last five weeks of the semester. The orientation week for the 1-credit courses overlaps the exam week for the 3-credit courses. The exceptions to this are the restricted electives and applied experience courses for the M.A. – BAP. The applied experience courses run for the full 15 weeks of the semester, and the schedule for the restricted elective courses varies depending on the course. Please see the Restricted Elective Courses section of this handbook for details on when the electives courses run within the semester.  

How the courses are formatted.

The courses include video lectures, which total about 3.5 hours of video per week. The videos are in Canvas (the course platform), and run through software called PlayPosit, which allows the curriculum team to embed ASR responding in the videos (without the need for video codes).

The courses also include a weekly 1-hour live review with a co-instructor. Because students are enrolled in a section when they register, they cannot change their section after the term's drop/add period. However, students can still attend a make-up section twice in a 3-credit course, with a small point deduction (meetings are 20 points, a make-up is 15/20), and once in a 1-credit course. 

The courses also include reading checks, which are mandatory, and fluency quizzes for students to practice their vocabulary. 

Unit quizzes have two versions; they include 20 questions, but do not provide feedback on answers (since they are for assessment purposes). The final exams also have two versions and include 100 questions, with a 2.5-hour time limit; they also do not provide any feedback—both because of the resources required to provide it, but also because these are for assessment at that point, and not learning.

 

Florida Tech does not offer practicum for the online ABA programs. Students are responsible for accruing their supervised experience hours independently.

Your best point of contact regarding supervision hours is directly with the BACB. Since it is their requirement and not a part of your education with us, we are not very familiar with all the specifications on experience hours accrual. Please consult the BACB’s BCBA Handbook manual, which goes into detail regarding experience hours. You can use the contact form on their website to ask any questions you may have about this particular requirement.

Unfortunately, due to the number of students in the online ABA programs, individual advising sessions are not available. Student advising occurs within the ABA online office via email at abaonline@fit.edu.

 

 

In Canvas:

When courses close, students’ access is suspended while grades are being calculated. Once all grades for a course have been updated, students receive an email to their Florida Tech student email letting them know that grades have posted and their access to the course is reactivated so they can check their course grades on Canvas. The final letter grade earned for the course is about halfway down the page. The easiest way to find the final grade is to use the find feature (Ctrl-F or Cmd-F) and enter final grade in the dialog box that pops up.

Students should be aware that a certain number of total points plus a minimum of 70% on one of the two versions of the final exam is required to pass each course. Students can find this information in the course syllabus.

In PAWS:

After grades have been posted for the semester, students can also find their unofficial transcript in PAWS. It’s important to keep in mind that grades do not appear in PAWS until after the end of the semester, not when a particular course ends within the semester.

  1. Go to the Florida Tech Student Launchpad page.
  2. Click on PAWS.
  3. Log in with your TRACKS log-in credentials.
  4. Select Student Tab, Student Records tab, Unofficial Transcript.
  5. You may print (or choose the Save as PDF print option), scan, and then upload the document as a PDF file for your records and share at your discretion.

For the master’s program, no transfer credits are accepted for the core courses in the sequence. Those courses are:

  • BEH5041: Introduction to Concepts & Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • BEH5044: Ethics for Behavior Analysts 1
  • BEH5043: Measurement & Experimental Design in Behavior Analysis
  • BEH5047: Introduction to Assessment & Intervention
  • BEH5048: Assessment & Behavior Change Procedures for Skill Acquisition & Performance Improvement
  • BEH5050: Supervision & Management Fundamentals
  • BEH5049: Assessment & Behavior Change Procedures for Behavior Reduction
  • BEH5045: Ethics for Behavior Analysts 2
  • BEH5042: Conceptual Analysis of Behavior for ABA Practitioners
  • BEH5051: Advanced Personnel Supervision & Management
  • BEH5046: Ethics for Behavior Analysts 3

Previous coursework can only be used in place of one or more of the five 1-credit restricted electives courses. To have courses considered for possible transfer, the following is required: In a single email, send your course content verification form, an unofficial transcript showing your grades for the completed courses on the verification form, and a copy of the course syllabi for only those course you wish to be considered for transfer. Note that students don’t begin taking the restricted elective courses until semester 4 of the master’s program.

No; the Behavior Analyst Certification Board requires that all coursework toward BCBA certification be done at the graduate level. Please consult the BCBA Handbook for further details.

Class meeting times are offered throughout the week, from early morning until late evening. Students needing a specific day and time for the synchronous portion of their course should register early in the registration window for the broadest selection of times and days. If the time/day combination you would like is full, you must select a different class time. Students with extraordinary reasons they need entry into a specific full class time should not fill out a closed class form. Instead, these students should contact abaonline@fit.edu. However, if other sections are available, you will be asked to select from among the available times. 

The courses in the online ABA programs utilize Honorlock, an online exam proctoring tool, to promote academic integrity of the course. Students will be required to use a webcam and microphone throughout the online examination. Honorlock will record the student via webcam as well as record screen activity to detect unapproved course material or inappropriate search-engine use. Students will be required to verify their identity and scan the room prior to the examination. 

Students can complete the proctored components of the course requirements anywhere that satisfies the requirements for proctoring, as the environment must be free from distractions or other technology, maintain privacy, and comfortable and convenient. Students are permitted to complete proctored course components from their homes. However, if scanning a room in your home makes you uncomfortable, you may choose to complete proctored course components at another location. Other potential locations could include a room at a local library or testing center. 

Remote proctoring is offered as an alternative to live proctoring that can occur in a testing center or in an on-campus classroom setting. Alternate methods do require approval from the academic department to ensure they satisfy the requirements. 

If you have a documented disability that prevents you from leaving your home and therefore prevents you from choosing another location for proctored course components, please reach out to the Office of Accessibility Resources. All other questions regarding course proctoring can be directed to the course instructor or lead co-instructor.

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