Course Description

This course is ONLY for 5th Edition Applicants: This course focuses on the philosophical underpinnings, and key concepts & principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Specifically, this course focuses on the definition, characteristics, principles, processes, and concepts of and ethical issues pertaining to applied behavior analysis and their application to clinical practice and research in the area of severe developmental disabilities. Additional topics covered in this course include behavior and response classes, advanced issues related to reinforcement and punishment, stimulus control, establishing operations, functional relations, generalization, teaching contingency-shaped behavior, antecedent- and consequence-based intervention procedures.

Learner Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the goals of behavior analysis as a science (i.e., description, prediction, control)
  • Explain the philosophical assumptions underlying the science of behavior analysis (e.g., selectionism, determinism, empiricism, parsimony, pragmatism).
  • Understand the history of ABA
  • Describe and define the dimensions of applied behavior analysis
  • Describe and explain behavior from the perspective of radical behaviorism
  • Distinguish among behaviorism, the experimental analysis of behavior, applied behavior analysis, and professional practice guided by the science of behavior analysis.
  • Define and provide examples of behavior, response, and response class.
  • Define and provide examples of stimulus and stimulus class.
  • Define and provide examples of the respondent and operant conditioning.
  • Define and provide examples of positive and negative reinforcement contingencies
  • Define and provide examples of positive and negative punishment contingencies.
  • Define and provide examples of schedules of reinforcement.
  • Define and provide examples of automatic and socially mediated contingencies.
Define and provide examples of unconditioned, conditioned, and generalized reinforcers and punishers.


Certification Disclosure: Completion of the UCSB PaCE ABA certificate program does not result in BCBA  certification. Individuals seeking certification must take and pass an examination with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). While courses in this certificate program may count toward the educational requirements for becoming eligible to take the examination, completion of this certificate program will not, in itself, result in BCBA or BACB certification. For more information about certification visit http://www.bacb.com.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Jan 05, 2021 to Mar 19, 2021
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $600.00
Available for Credit
4 units
Reading List / Textbook
Section Notes

This course is ONLY for 5th Edition Applicants

In lieu of textbooks, students are expected to sign up for the CBA Learning Module Series through Behavior Development Solutions (BDS). These modules align with course content and will help students prepare for the big exam. Per BDS, there is a 91% pass rate for students who complete 100% of their modules. You will qualify for a discount through us and will receive information on the first day of your class!

Note One business day after enrollment, but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete. 

No refunds after 01/18/2021