Course Description

This course is ONLY for 5th Edition Applicants: The course focuses on the diagnosis, assessment, and intervention of children with autism and other severe disabilities. Students are first introduced to key tenants of the respondent and operant conditioning. Afterward, various methods of behavioral assessment (e.g., descriptive assessment, functional analysis) are delineated and used to teach the student how to select appropriate behavioral intervention strategies. Specifically, students are taught to use, organize, and interpret behavioral data to enhance the social validity and contextual support of interventions used and outcomes for behavioral interventions; identify measurable intervention strategies for teaching communication, spontaneous language, and social skills; design environments that enhance maintenance and generalization of skills and reduce the need for long-term behavior support; and modify intervention strategies based on data informing clinicians how children with autism are responding  to treatment.

Specific competencies covered in this course:

  • Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • Identification of the problem & assessment  
  • Intervention & behavior change considerations        
  • Behavioral assessment & selecting intervention outcomes & strategies       
Application of behavioral principles to understand autism and other severe disabilities.  


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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Jun 22, 2021 to Sep 03, 2021
Contact Hours
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 07/05/2021