Why should I 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, 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 of behavior analysis from the comfort of your home or work at a time that best fits your schedule.
The ABA Online program courses meet the instructional requirements toward certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BACB®) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) defined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®).
There are five courses taken over four terms required for the BCaBA level of certification and eight courses taken over six terms required for the BCBA level. All courses are taught and graded at the master's level and require master's level coursework to be completed.
Which courses do I need to complete to become certified?
If you are interested in becoming certified and have not taken any courses that meet instructional requirements for certification, you would need to take courses BEHP5011 through BEHP5018 for BCBA-level certification or courses BEHP5011 through BEHP5015 for BCaBA-level certification.
I took Third Edition Task List courses. What courses do I need to meet the current Fourth Edition Task List requirements?
If you completed your Fourth Edition coursework at Florida Tech, you will need the courses BEHP5013 through 5015 for BCaBA-level certification and courses BEHP5013 through 5018 (except for BEHP5017A) for BCBA-level certification. (Note: If you did not complete an entire course sequence under the old task list, then you may need additional courses.)
If you you took your Third Edition Task List courses at another university, we will be happy to help you determine which of the courses in the ABA Online program will meet the current coursework requirements for your level of certifcation. To do so, we will need you to submit the course content verification form from your previous program. The course content verification form is the only means by which we can make this determination. Course descriptions, transcripts, and course syllabi do not provide the information needed to advise you. For an example of a course content verification form, or course grid, please visite http://www.fit.edu/bst/documents/FINAL_BACB_BCBA.pdf.
When is the next certification exam?
What is the difference between BCBA certification and BCaBA certification?
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:
How do I apply to the ABA Online program?
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 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.
Is the schedule at all flexible?
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!
What if I'm nervous about taking tests?
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 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.
What if I have questions?
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.
How can I get the most out of study time?
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.
Will I have the chance to interact with others in the field?
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
Where do I sign up?
The ABA Online 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.
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:
Students with course content grids from previous courses taken at other institutions can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if any of the courses can substitute hours for our course series.
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 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.
When and where will the four- or six-term course sequences be offered?
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.
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.
ABA Online Program Holiday Policy for Students
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 cancelled on the following university holidays:
Classes MAY be cancelled or limited sections offered:
When an online meeting is cancelled due to a holiday or conference:
What is the refund policy?
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 Deadlines:
2-Credit Courses - Withdrawal Deadlines:
1-Credit Courses - Withdrawal Deadlines:
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.
How do I request a transcript?
Transcript request information can be found here on our transcript page.
How do I log in to the course?
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/
Can I access these courses from my mobile device?
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.
Accessing Florida Tech email from mobile devices.
For Android Phones:
For Apple iPhones:
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.
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 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.
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
How to use the RP Now proctoring service:
Please email email@example.com for any questions regarding proctoring.
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 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.
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 for our resources page.
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:
Sex Discrimination or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.