Course Description

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.  


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

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Jun 26, 2024 to Sep 14, 2024
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Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (5 units) $680.00
Available for Credit
5 units
  • Katerina Ford
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Section Notes

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2019). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson.

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. 

*** International students are excluded from purchasing the BDS learning modules. Alternative assignments will be provided.

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No LATE enrollment after 07/03/2024.

No refunds after 07/07/2024