MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech’s Professional Development Program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) starts March 31, 2007 with the offering of the first
course in the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® pre-approved three-course sequence. The first course, “Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis,”
will be taught by Dr. Jose A. Martinez-Diaz, BCBA, associate professor and chair of Behavior Analysis Programs, Florida Tech College of Psychology and
Liberal Arts. It will meet seven consecutive Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The course concludes on June 9, 2007.
Each class of the course sequence will be broadcast live, alternatively from studios located at Florida Tech and Florida Gulf Coast University. Students
will communicate with course developer Dr. Martinez-Diaz in real-time. Broadcast locations include Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Jacksonville,
Marianna, Melbourne, Orlando, Port St. Lucie, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee and Tampa, Fla.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Lexington, Louisville and Somerset, Ky.;
Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.; and Purcellville, Va. Each site will have a facilitator. Testing – with the exception of the final exam – will be
In addition, the course will be offered via distance learning in an interactive format for those not residing near a broadcast location.
Florida Tech is one of the few universities in the United States to offer an online professional development program in ABA for those seeking certification
behavior analysis. With a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, those completing this ABA professional development program will gain a competitive edge when
seeking career opportunities in the applied behavior analysis field.
“We are excited to be partnering with Florida Tech and Dr. Martinez-Diaz, bringing this educational opportunity to southwest Florida. The school districts
and community organizations that we collaborate with are eager to enlarge the pool of professionally trained behavior analysts to ensure quality
comprehensive services to the children they serve,” says Peg Sullivan, project coordinator, Southwest Florida Professional Development Partnership, Florida
Gulf Coast University.
The cost is $750 per course for professional development credit. To register, go to http://uc.fit.edu/pdp/programs.html under “Current Offerings.” See
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Professional Development Programs for course details. For more information, contact Cynthia Schmitt at (321)
Florida Tech offers graduate degrees through 10 Extended Studies sites on the East Coast and has a Virtual Campus for distance learning.