Course Description

This course focuses on the ethical issues pertaining to applied behavior analysis and their application to clinical practice and research within our field. Students watch weekly lecture videos, 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.

Learner Outcomes

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

  • QABA’s ethical standards
  • HIPPA regulations
  • 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

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Oct 04, 2023 to Dec 15, 2023
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Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (5 units) $680.00
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5 units
  • Joy Jin
Section Notes

ED X391.5Q Section 002 is for students pursing their QBA certification. Students pursing their BCBA certification need to enroll in ED X391.5 Section 006

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

No LATE enrollment after 10/11/2023.

No refunds after 10/15/2023

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