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Course Descriptions

EDU 5541:  Ethical Considerations (1 credit)

The one objective of this course is to teach you to be prepared to act ethically with or without guidelines.  This course will teach that Ethics are not addressed in one course, but ethics are addressed in all the courses in this ABA certification program. This course will examine all the ethical issues that must be considered as a Behavior Analyst.  This includes the study of "The Right to Effective Behavioral Treatment", "The Right to Effective Education", "The Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts"; and the review of the Task List, Area 1:  Ethical Considerations.

EDU 5094:  Overview of Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

This course is an overview of Applied Behavior Analysis . The student will begin to understand the ABA methodology and its application in different environments including educational and clinical settings. The student will build a knowledge base as they proceed through this course concerning ABA principles and how they are applied to reach educational, social and behavioral goals.  This introductory course is the foundation for all the classes that follow.  The goal of this course is to expose the student to all areas of Applied Behavior Analysis and to begin to prepare the student to fully understand the science and its applications. 

EDU 5542:  Behavior Analysis in Education 1 (3 credits)

The focus of this course is Applied Behavior Analysis and Education.  The emphasis is on "research-based education."  The student will develop a research proposal using single subject design.  The proposed research will reflect Applied Behavior Analysis and the application in education.  In this course the student will study specific chapters from the new edition of "Applied Behavior Analysis" by Cooper, Heron, & Heward.  This course will cover definitions, characteristics , behavioral principles and single subject research designs.  The student will make several presentations on chapters read and issues concerning autism. The student will be expected to take weekly quizzes covering the textbook material.

EDU 5543:  Behavior Analysis II:  Practicum  (3 credits)

This course will focus on the material presented in the Cooper, Heron, & Heward textbook. The research proposal written in EDU 5542 will be implemented.  The student will collect data, write the results, the discussion section, and use a single-subject research design in their research study.  The student will use 2 or more participants, include a generalization across person, time, or different settings.  A maintenance protocol will be developed to ensure learning and other positive behavior changes are maintained after the study has ended.  The student will develop and implement one task analysis and one curriculum program.  During the class students will present chapters from the required readings, present data concerning their research study, take quizzes and take two quizzes based on the vocabulary presented in the textbook.

EDU 5544:  Behavior Analysis I: Clinical (2 credits)

This course is the first in a sequence of 2 courses addressing the principles of applied behavior analysis from the perspective of changing behaviors that interfere with adaptive functioning. Students will review the philosophical procedural, ethical aspects of functional behavior assessment and functional behavior analysis.  This course addresses how to apply the principles of operant learning in different settings including clinical settings.  The course focuses on the relationship between behaviors and environmental events (e.g. antecedents and consequences) which influence behavior.  Emphasis will be placed on functional behavioral assessment and positive behavior supports that lead to meaningful changes in environments and quality of life.

EDU 5545:  Behavior Analysis II:  Clinical Practicum (3 credits)

The emphasis in this course is Functional (Experimental) Analysis.  The student will learn to change behavior through the changes of antecedents and consequences, and observe and measure their effects on behaviors.  Students will learn to visually inspect graphs and analyze the data and make decisions on what should be changed to decrease problem behaviors and increase positive behaviors.  The student will learn Motivating Operations and Reinforcement Contingencies concerning different test conditions (e.g. Play, contingent attention, contingent escape, and alone)