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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions about the ABA Online Program:

  1. Log in to your PAWS account and click on Registration Tools.
  2. Click on Student Detail Schedule.
  3. You can use the Add/Drop link to make changes in your course selection up until the add/drop deadline for the semester.
  4. 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.
  5. Section changes or registrations in PAWS may take several hours to update in Canvas.
  1. Go to PAWS and log in using your TRACKS user name and password.
  2. Select Student > Student Records > Enrollment Verification.
  3. Once redirected to the National Student Clearinghouse, select Current or All Enrollment and click the "Obtain an enrollment certificate" link directly above that.
  4. Save, print or email the PDF document as needed.

Student ID cards can be request via You will need to log in with your TRACKS credentials. If you have trouble uploading your photo, please contact Technology Support at

If you require assistance with obtaining your student ID card, please contact Campus Services at

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

Plans of study can be found on the Plans of Study and General Advising web page. Most students follow the standard plan of study for their program. However, there are specific plans of study for students who completed Florida Tech’s fourth edition course BEHP5011: Foundations, Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis and for those who completed BEHP5011 and both fourth edition ethics courses (BEHP5014B and 5016B). Students must have completed both ethics courses, and only the B versions of both courses, to qualify for this plan of study. Students should refer to this plan of study as a guide to registration for the rest of their program.

The course sequence is carefully designed such that information learned in earlier courses serves as a foundation for the increasingly complex courses. Students are generally required to demonstrate mastery of the materials in each course, by earning a grade of B or better, before they can move on to subsequent courses. 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.

The composition of BEH5046 is due to the unique content of this course. The content of 5046 relies less on novel terms and concepts compared to other courses in the sequence. Instead, 5046 comprises 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). An added benefit of assignments for this course over online meetings is that these assignments can be completed at the student’s convenience during the unit week, without the burden of fitting an additional online meeting into their schedule. 

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. 


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.

The best thing to do to prepare for the FPE is to spend sufficient time to master the content during each week of each course. Do not be satisfied with earning an 80% on a unit test. That score is good enough to pass the course, but it also shows weakness across one or more topics covered in that unit. Continue to study the content, ask questions and seek clarification (e.g., via the discussion boards) until the concepts and principles are thoroughly understood. Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you don’t get it wrong.

Passing the FPE is a graduation requirement for the M.A. in BAP program; thus, it is normal to feel the pressure. The FPE is not required for students enrolled in the certificate programs. However, content provided in the Verified Course Sequence (VCS), prepares students well for the FPE and BCBA exam.

For registration purposes, the FPE is considered a 0-credit graduate course (it will not show up on your transcripts). However, it only includes the exam. Thus, there are no other assignments to offset a low examination score with regard to the final grade. Although the FPE is graded as pass/fail, in order to pass a graduate-level course, a grade of B or better (80% or higher) is required. Note that this is different from the 70% or higher requirement found in other courses (for the reasons just listed).

Florida Tech’s Office of Graduate of Programs has policies regarding the administration of the FPE that all graduate programs must follow. The FPE is a proctored, closed-note, closed-book examination that is offered during week 11 of each semester. It is administered separate from any course. Students may only take the FPE once per semester, but have up to three attempts across three separate semesters to earn a passing score of 80%. Failure to pass the FPE after three attempts will result in academic dismissal.

Students must register for the FPE (course number BEH0002) as they would any other course. The first attempt is typically taken during the last semester of the program. The FPE testing window follows the completion of the 10-week course BEH5040. Remember that section numbers for online courses begin with the letter W (e.g., subject = BEH, course = 0002, section = W01). Students will not be charged tuition for the exam (nor will course credits be received) for BEH0002 as long as it is taken along with other courses during the final semester of the program. If students register for the exam in a semester by itself or for a second or third time, a $150 fee will be incurred.

The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. A minimum score of 80% is required to pass the exam and graduate. Students who do not pass the exam after the first attempt may retake it up to two additional times during following semesters.

Florida Tech’s BCBA VCS courses (BEH5041 through BEH5051) are designed to build competence in behavior analytic concepts and principles. Mastering course content should prepare students to do well on the FPE. Numerous tools and learning opportunities are provided in each course to help students understand the material and master behavior analytic content. Take advantage of the available resources and be sure to save copies of course materials so that you have them after the course closes. Students find course materials very helpful in preparing for the FPE.

The course BEH5040: Personalized System of Professional Improvement is offered during the first 10 weeks in the final semester of the program. The goal of this course is to identify weaknesses in the mastery of content areas and to focus on improvement. BEH5040 is intended to help students with their overall understanding of foundational knowledge and the application of behavior analytic principles and procedures.

The FPE is the culmination of knowledge obtained from the program. Passing the FPE is a university graduation requirement and the majority of M.A. in BAP students complete this requirement on their first attempt. Previous pass rates for the first attempt is over 90%. However, that means a number of students will not pass after their first attempt. Do not worry. After your final semester, you will have many less academic competing contingencies, and you will have three to four months to study and strengthen the areas in which you scored low. Students who score below 80% on the FPE will receive feedback and have the opportunity to retake it up to two additional times (maximum three total attempts). The FPE is administered during the eleventh week of every semester. Students may not take the FPE more than once per semester, and the FPE will not be offered during any other time of the semester. 

A student who scored below 80% on the FPE after three attempts did not demonstrate maintenance of knowledge sufficient to earn the M.A. in BAP degree and will be academically dismissed.

No. Passing an FPE is a university requirement for students enrolled in a master’s program. Students in the BCaBA and BCBA certificate programs do not take the FPE. However, the completed VCS courses prepare students to do well on the exams administered by the BACB.

The deadlines for petitioning to graduate vary depending on the term of graduation. Students should check the academic calendar to find the deadline to petition based on their intended last semester in the program. It’s also important to ensure that you’ve clicked on Behavior Analysis 5th Edition after choosing the semester. 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. Diplomas are mailed once all graduation requirements are fulfilled. Students must re-petition for the following semester after commencement ceremonies have concluded for the current 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 or contact the Graduation office at for any questions about their petition to graduate, commencement ceremonies or regalia.

Please see the Transcripts section of this handbook.

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. 

If you will be submitting your certificate to the BACB, please add your certification or license number to your certificate before submitting. You may write or type it on the line next to “Certification/License #” on your certificate. You can do this by printing the certificate, writing in your number, and scanning it as a file to your computer, or you may use the “add text” function in a PDF reader such as Adobe. The learning management system does not automatically pull certificate/license numbers. The BACB is aware and has approved this.

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 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



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.


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 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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