The Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed for practicing special educators interested in pursuing opportunities in settings where the special educator may need to practice Behavior Analysis methods. In addition, this certificate provides the course work required to qualify to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam, after obtaining the required supervision.

Completion of this certificate requires the following four UMF courses:

  • SED 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • SED 526 Behavior Analysis and the Scientific Assessment of Learning
  • SED 527 Applying Behavior Analysis: Methods of instruction and behavioral support
  • SED 528 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, intervention, systems support, and ethical considerations

SED 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
This course – the first in a series of four – will introduce educators and other interested professionals to a behavioral view of teaching and learning.  The course presents basic behavioral processes and principles (illustrated largely with respect to teaching children with autism) and provides a conceptual foundation for subsequent courses in behavioral assessment and the application of behavioral methods in specialized instruction.  Readings will be drawn from both text and primary sources, both recent and classic in the field.

This course is also designed to meet coursework requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  Students who satisfactorily complete the four-course sequence will be eligible, once having also met the experience requirement, for the examination to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).  This course is explicitly designed to address content areas from the BACB Fourth Edition Task List (2010) including philosophical assumptions and basic concepts of behavior analysis (F-01 through F-46), verbal and non-verbal operants (F-43 through F-46), and fundamental elements of behavior change (TE-01 through TE-21).  We may also touch upon relevant topics from other content areas.

SED 526 Behavior Analysis and the Scientific Assessment of Learning
This is the second course in a series of four.  Building on the concepts taught in SED 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, the purpose of this course is to acquaint educators and related professionals with the behavior analytic practice of science within the applied context of special education.  Within this context, behavior analysis offers practical empirical approaches to (a) the multi-faceted assessment of children’s instructional and behavioral needs, and (b) the evaluation of supportive interventions predicated on such assessment.  Readings will be drawn from both text and primary sources, both recent and classic in the field.

This course is also designed to meet coursework requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  Students who satisfactorily complete the four-course sequence will be eligible, once having also met the experience and supervision requirement, for the examination to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCABA).  This course is explicitly designed to address the following content areas from the BACB Fourth Edition Task List (2010): identification of the individual’s problem (A-01 through A-08), measurement and measurement concepts (B-01 through B-05, F-47 through F-50, M-01 through M-15), assessment (C-01 through C-12), intervention considerations (D-01 through D-15), and experimental design (X-01 through X-12).  We may also touch upon relevant topics from other content areas.

SED 527 Applying Behavior Analysis: Methods of instruction and behavioral support
The purpose of this course, building on the concepts taught in SED 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and SED 526 Behavior Analysis and the Scientific Assessment of Learning, is to familiarize students with methods of: a) specialized instruction for students with special needs, and b) management of behavior that interferes with learning.  The course represents the progression from conducting behavioral research to implementing practices derived from research.

This course also partially fulfills coursework requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) in preparation for the examination for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).  This course is explicitly designed to address content areas from the BACB Fourth Edition Task List (2010) including behavior change considerations (TC-01 through TC-03), specific behavior change procedures (TP-01 through TP-13), and behavior change systems (TS-01 through TS-08).  Additional content areas may be addressed.

SED 528 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, intervention, systems support, and ethical considerations
The purpose of this course is three fold.  First, students will be provided a historical overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and will learn the revised diagnostic criteria established by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013.  A variety of screening instruments will be reviewed.  Students will learn empirically validated strategies for the education and treatment of individuals with ASD from early intervention through the school years.  Controversial practices will be reviewed and discussed.  Second, students will become familiar with guidelines for developing systems of support in human service organizations.  Students will learn to develop effective systems of staff training, support, and supervision.  Competency-based training will be discussed in detail, along with steps to ensure treatment integrity.  Students also will become familiar with peer review processes and methods of assessing consumer satisfaction.  Third, students will learn the standards for ethical and professional conduct as outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  Students will discuss ethics in detail and learn to recognize potential ethical dilemmas that arise in daily educational and clinical practice.  Identification of pertinent ethical codes of conduct and resolution of ethical dilemmas will be reviewed.  This course partially fulfills coursework requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) in preparation for the examination for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).

This certificate provides the 180 hours of coursework required by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam. For more information, click here to learn about other requirements to sit for this exam.

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