Course Description

This course primarily focuses on the ethical issues pertaining to applied behavior analysis and their application to clinical practice and research in the area of severe developmental disabilities, particularly as it relates to autism and other developmental disabilities. Students attend weekly online lectures, participate in the group discussions (via Gauchospace), and take weekly quizzes. As part of this course, students are also expected to read, evaluate, and interpret current behavioral research articles that are posted on Gauchospace.

This course covers the following topics: providing ethical and humane services to clients, following lawful and ethical guidelines of governing agencies, facilitating on-going supervision, practicing within one’s area of expertise, and conducting ethical studies following human subjects protocol.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be learn and be familiar with:

  • BACB's ethical standards
  • Providing ethical and humane services to clients
  • Following lawful and ethical guidelines of governing agencies
  • Facilitating on-going supervision
  • Practicing within one’s area of expertise
  • Conducting ethical studies following human subjects protocol


Important Note: Completion of the UCSB PaCE ABA program does not result in BCBA or QBA certification. Individuals seeking certification must take and pass an examination with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) or Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA). 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 QBA certification. 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates



ABA Program Completion Professional Certificate Application
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Oct 04, 2023 to Dec 15, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (5 units) $680.00
Available for Credit
5 units
Reading List / Textbook
Section Notes

SECTION 006 is for students pursing their BCBA certification. Students pursing their QBA certification need to enroll in ED X391.5Q

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Bailey, J. S., & Burch, M. R. (2022). Ethics for behavior analysts. Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group.

BDS Learning Modules: 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! Students must email: support@bds.com to receive a special discount.

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.