Applied Behavior Analysis Curriculum

Semester 1 (Fall) – 11 credit hours

EDS 601* Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours)

The focus of this course is on the technology of applied behavior analysis, including the functional analysis of children’s behavior and the development, implementation, evaluation of behavior management programs with children and youth.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of EDS 516 or equivalent, with a grade of ‘B’ or better

EDS 630* Advanced Methods for Teaching Students with Disabilities (3 credit hours)

An intensive study of the principles and procedures used in programming learning activities for students with disabilities, including those with autism spectrum disorder. Topical areas include the acquisition of stimulus control and programming for the generalization and maintenance skills. Lecture, three hours.

Prerequisite(s): EDS 601 and consent of instructor.

EDS 612 Advanced Practicum: Special Education (1 credit hour)

Intensive clinical experience with exceptional children in day and residential schools, hospitals and private agencies. Students engage in prescriptive teaching with persons with disabilities in individualized, small group and special class settings. Laboratory, 6-12 hours per week.

EDS 614* Professional Ethics for Behavior Analysts I (1 credit hour)

This 1-credit hour course is part of a three-course sequence designed to addresses ethical, behavioral, and professional conduct for behavior analysts. This course will address content related to the BACB Disciplinary and Ethical Standards and Disciplinary Procedures, as well as the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts. This course prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam. (Must be taken as Co-Requisite to EDS 612: Practicum in Special Education).

EDS 660 Overview Of Characteristics And Instructional Strategies For Individuals With ASD (3 credit hours)

This course introduces students to the characteristics, classification systems, etiology and research, screening and assessment strategies/issues, approaches, and research-based interventions related to individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Practical classroom strategies, such as visual strategies and environmental arrangements will also be reviewed. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with a foundational knowledge of the strengths and needs characteristic of individuals with ASD, as well as to provide students with a comprehensive array of research-based instructional approaches for individuals with ASD, and to provide the criteria for determining which approach to use.

Prerequisite(s): EDS 601

Semester 2 (Spring) – 11 credit hours

EDS 603* Behavior Consultation in the Schools (3 credit hours)

Principles and techniques of behavioral consulting with classroom teachers and other school personnel, with particular focus on supporting children with special needs in mainstream education programs. The consultant’s role in providing indirect service to children, through inservice teacher training and consultation, is emphasized. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours.

Prerequisite(s): EDS 601, or equivalent; EDP 671 (may be taken concurrently); or permission of instructor

EDS 605* Practical Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours)

In this course students will expand their understanding of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by learning how to design and evaluate behaviorally based programs that address academic (e.g., learning to learn), adaptive (e.g., self-care), communication (e.g., naturalistic strategies; verbal behavior), social (e.g., initiations), and other related skills (e.g., imitation; self-management) in persons with or at-risk for disabilities and provide training and feedback when working with families and professionals. In addition, students will receive training on writing and modifying behavior intervention plans, with an emphasis on conducting functional analyses.

EDS 612 Advanced Practicum: Special Education (1 credit hour)

Intensive clinical experience with exceptional children in day and residential schools, hospitals and private agencies. Students engage in prescriptive teaching with persons with disabilities in individualized, small group and special class settings. Laboratory, 6-12 hours per week.

EDS 615* Professional Ethics for Behavior Analysts II (1 credit hour)

This 1-credit hour course is part of a three-course sequence designed to addresses ethical, behavioral, and professional conduct for behavior analysts. This course will address content related to the BACB Disciplinary and Ethical Standards and Disciplinary Procedures, as well as the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts. This course prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam. (Must be taken as Co-Requisite to EDS 612: Practicum in Special Education).

EDS 661 Advanced Instructional Strategies for Students with ASD (3 credit hours)

This course builds on topics previously learned in EDS 660. Teachers will learn to critically analyze current trends, issues, and therapies used with individuals with ASDs. Practical classroom strategies detailing what to teach based on assessment results, how to use databased decisions to guide instruction, and an overview of alignment to state standards based on alternate assessments will also be reviewed. The primary goal of the course is to provide teachers with a comprehensive array of practical research-based instructional approaches for individuals with ASDs, criteria for determining which approaches to use, and planning for access to the general education curriculum for all students across the spectrum. Completion of this course sequence (in combination with EDS 660, EDS 662, and EDP 671) will prepare teachers for applications in the ASD Institute (EDS 663)

Prerequisite(s): EDS 601 and EDS 660

Semester 3 (Fall) – 8 credit hours

EDS 612 Advanced Practicum: Special Education (1 credit hour)

Intensive clinical experience with exceptional children in day and residential schools, hospitals and private agencies. Students engage in prescriptive teaching with persons with disabilities in individualized, small group and special class settings. Laboratory, 6-12 hours per week.

EDS 616* Professional Ethics for Behavior Analysts III (1 credit hour)

This 1-credit hour course is part of a three-course sequence designed to addresses ethical, behavioral, and professional conduct for behavior analysts. This course will address content related to the BACB Disciplinary and Ethical Standards and Disciplinary Procedures, as well as the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts. This course prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam. (Must be taken as Co-Requisite to EDS 612: Practicum in Special Education).

EDS 633* Single Subject Research Design (3 credit hours)

Principles and methods in designing single subject research, including those involving students with disabilities. Students will be required to design a research proposal.

Prerequisite(s): EDS 601 or 630 or consent of instructor.

EPE 557 Gathering, Analyzing, and Using Educational Data (3 credit hours)

Semester 4 (Spring) – 4 credit hours

EDS 612 Advanced Practicum: Special Education (1 credit hour)

Intensive clinical experience with exceptional children in day and residential schools, hospitals and private agencies. Students engage in prescriptive teaching with persons with disabilities in individualized, small group and special class settings. Laboratory, 6-12 hours per week.

EDS 768 Resident Credit for Master’s Thesis (3 credit hours)

Half-time to full-time work on thesis. May be repeated to a maximum of six semesters.

 

*Behavior Analyst Certification Board Approved Coursework