Course Description

This course is ONLY for 5th Edition Applicants: 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

Final Project

Students will develop the following documents (a total of 3 separate forms) for the final project:

  1. Supervisor – supervisee contract
  2. Supervisee feedback form (e.g., fidelity of implementation)
  3. Supervisor feedback form


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



ABA 5th Edition Professional Certificate Application
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