B.S. in Education | Child Development ABA Curriculum Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the emphasis area in Applied Behavior Analysis are required to take four courses in the ABA minor.

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, and strategies for measuring behavior. The course will focus on basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings with an emphasis on the research of education with children ages birth to 8 years old.

This course will expand upon the Principles course to address the selection and implementation of assessments in ABA based on those principles. The selection of interventions and outcome strategies resulting from the assessment process will also be addressed. In addition, focus will be placed on the experimental evaluation of interventions, measurement of behavior, and displaying and interpreting data using single-subject and small group design. Assessment choices and procedures will be evaluated for practical application in educational settings with children ages birth to 8 years old.

This course will focus on intervention strategies for increasing skills and decreasing challenging behaviors with young children (birth to 8 years of age) in educational settings and with families. Focus will also be placed on the effects of systems on intervention efforts, the ethical practice of applied behavior analysis within systems, and creating systems that support behavior change. Evaluation of research on intervention with children for both increasing and decreasing behaviors will be evaluated to help students become informed consumers of research-based information.

Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) is the application of ABA principles within natural contexts and from a systems perspective. This course will focus specifically on addressing challenging behavior for children in home and classroom settings. Students will learn to assess challenging behaviors using functional assessments, select and implement interventions based on those assessments within the natural environment, and to train families and staff members to implement behavioral programming to support children whose behavior often limits their opportunities for education and childcare services.

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