The Intensive Practical Training (IPT) experience embeds the scientist-practitioner model within applied settings. The concepts, principles, technologies, techniques, and theoretical framework learned during a student’s tenure at Florida Tech will be practiced in educational, clinical, and community settings. Students will be asked to demonstrate the skills needed by behavior analysts in applied settings as set forth by the Florida Tech ABA program and Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Many of the applied settings allow students to concurrently work in service delivery and/or research settings. Service delivery hours may be counted towards practical experience as long as services are behavior analytic in nature. Faculty and adjunct faculty provide individual supervision for students in IPT.
The intensive practical training experience consists of three semesters of classes; each class is three credit hours and consists of a mixture of individual meetings, group meetings, in-vivo observation, and training in applied settings. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 250 hours of behavior analytic training during each semester of enrollment. No more than 25 hours per week can be counted towards the 250 hour total for a given semester without approval from the program chair, and no more than 30 hours can be completed in any given week (BACB rule). Students should meet with their faculty and/or site supervisor at least once per week. If a student is not available or needs to cancel supervision due to emergency reasons, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that a sufficient number of practical experience AND supervision hours are maintained during the semester.