Frequently Asked Questions
General Questions about the ABA Online Program:
Because the ABA Online Fourth Edition program is a professional development, and not a degree, program, there is no application required. Students simply enroll in the first course to get started.
To enroll in the ABA Online Fourth Edition program for a professional development credit, a bachelor's or master's degree is not required. However, to meet the certification requirements of 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.
Each of the ABA Online terms is 10 weeks in length, with four terms offered each year. Individuals taking the ABA Online course series are not required to maintain continuous enrollment, so it's easy to take a term off when needed. All eight courses are offered every January (spring), April (summer), July (fall) and October (winter) term, so that you can begin a course when it is most convenient for you throughout the year.
Most courses have one orientation unit and nine instructional units. With the busy professional in mind, we've created instructional units that consists of an average of five to ten hours of video broken into smaller sections. This allows you to fit study time into your busy schedule.
The instructional videos are available on demand, 24 hours a day, seven 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 rewatched as necessary. For the student on the go, the videos are also compatible with most mobile devices!
There is no need to travel for the ABA Online unit or final exams (or tests). While all of the course tests are closed-note and closed-book, they may be taken online from the location of your choosing with a reliable Internet connection. There are two exams for each unit, as well as the course final. The best score of these two exams is used as the final score for that particular exam. Students are given time between the two exams to study and further review the course materials.
In addition to the email contact with your co-instructor, there are also easy-to-use online discussion boards that are checked a minimum of twice daily to give students an opportunity to ask questions or discuss topics and get quick assistance. They are a great tool for collaboration with fellow students around the world.
Students are provided with an array of online study materials to facilitate learning in the courses and assist in passing the BCBA or BCaBA exam. Detailed study guides are available for use while watching the course 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.
Students meet, along with 10 to 15 other students, online with an instructor for one hour each week. Upon registration, there are many different times you may choose for your weekly online meeting. 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 can see and hear their co-instructor. Students can ask questions, take part in discussions and answer polls, just like in a physical classroom.
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, he 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.
The ABA Online Fourth Edition program does not offer scholarships, grants or government loans (such as the Stafford Loan) at this time. The types of aid our program is eligible for are Sallie Mae loans, 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 and how to apply, please go to our financial aid page.
Our school code is 00146900.
The ABA Online Fourth Edition program does not require an application since it is offered as a professional development, and not a degree, program through the office of Continuing Education. 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 the information required for registration in our program. We do not require copies of your transcripts; you will need to send them to the BACB when applying to sit for the certification exam.
This question will be best answered by emailing the BACB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 from previous courses taken at other institutions can email them to email@example.com to see if any of the courses can substitute hours for our course series.
These courses are offered as professional development continuing education courses and are not part of Florida Tech's degree programs. This program is not an online master's degree.
Courses can be taken for either transferable or nontransferable master's credit. Nontransferable master's credit costs less than Florida Tech transferable master's credit. For transferable masters' credit, the student pays the current Florida Tech graduate on-campus tuition rate. The application and registration process is different for these students.
The ABA Online courses are offered four times a year. Please see our Registration page 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 led 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, RE: Request an On-Site Course.
We would like to encourage our students, co-instructors and staff to spend university-approved holidays with their friends and family or just take 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 Year's Eve and Day (Dec. 31 and January 1)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Last day of spring break
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day (July 4)
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving (Wednesday–Friday unless otherwise noted)
- Christmas (December 24–26, unless otherwise noted)
Classes MAY be canceled or limited sections offered:
- During FABA, ABAI and 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 to 2 weeks prior to the canceled meetings.
- Online meetings may be larger during weeks in which a holiday occurs.
- Attendance points will be assigned automatically for those students whose section meets on the holiday/cancellation 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.
Effective Date: July 1, 2014
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 cancellation 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 Deadliness:
- 42 days (six weeks) from the first day of the course
2-Credit Courses - Withdrawal Deadline:
- 28 days (four weeks) from the first day of the course
1-Credit Courses - Withdrawal Deadline:
- 21 days (three weeks) from the first day of the course
Transcript request information can be found here on our transcript page.
Students in the ABA Online program can log in to the learning management system, or Canvas, to access the course at: http://canvas.fit.edu/
Students taking CE workshops can log in to their workshop in CourseWebs to access the course at: http://aba.fit.coursewebs.com/
Our prerecorded CE courses are compatible with all mobile devices Most of our live broadcasts work with all mobile device systems as well, as long as they have a 3G connection or higher or are connected to a wireless network.
BACB-Approved Course Sequences
The prerecorded lectures can be viewed on all mobile devices starting with the Fourth Edition Task List course sequences.
The weekly co-instructor meetings can be viewed on all mobile devices with the Adobe Connect application.
- Go to http://my.fit.edu from any browser, sign in with your TRACKS user name and password.
- Click on the link that says Google Password Required. That will take you to another page where you need 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 to anything 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 credentials 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 need to add the email 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; then select Sign In.
- For user name, put your full TRACKS user name, 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.
- For user name, put your full TRACKS user name, including the @my.fit.edu.
- In the password box, put the Google Applications password that you created from the steps above.
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.
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.
Questions About The Online Format:
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 help or direct you to the person who can answer your questions.
Unsure of whether 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 not only to choose a time that best fits your schedule but also to 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.
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 10 or Mac 10.12 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:
Note: Tablets, hybrid devices, Chromebooks and mobile devices are not supported for final exam testing. For device examples, please see below. If you are unsure if your device is supported, please contact ABA Support: email@example.com
- Tablet: iPad, Google Nexus, Kindle Fire, etc.
- Hybrid devices (also known as 2-in-1 devices): Microsoft Surface Pro, HP Pavilion x2, etc.
- Chromebooks: ASUS Chromebook Flip, Samsung Chromebook Plus, Lenovo N23 Chromebook, etc.
- Mobile devices: iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, etc.
Students enrolled in the ABA Online program are required to use the Proctortrack 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 the 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 integrity is upheld.
- 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:
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 the supervision of a BCBA.
Please note: Certification applicants may not start accumulating experience until they have begun the coursework required to meet the BACB coursework requirements.
Florida Tech offers supervised field experience in the university undergrad and graduate degree programs, but not in the online professional development programs. View a list of supervisors 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 nonacademic 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.
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.
- 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.
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.