Applied Behavior Analysis in Education

Applied Behavior Analysis in Education
Strategies for educating individuals with or at-risk for disabilities. Prevention, early intervention, and treatment strategies.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 2.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesAdmission to special education program; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
 ProgramsContaining CPSE 410
Course Outcomes

ABA history

(Knowledge-based objectives)

1. Describe the history of ABA.

Occurence of Human Behavior

2. Describe several approaches for explaining the occurrence of human behavior.

Ethical and Responsible use of ABA

3. Describe the ethical and responsible use of ABA.


4. Describe the components of a Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan.

Target replacement behaviors

5. Describe the function and format of target replacement behaviors and behavior objectives.

Data collection

6. Describe data collection and graphing procedures.

Single-subject designs

7. Describe a variety of single-subject designs, their elements, how they are used, and when they are used.

Appropriate consequences

8. Describe the principles that underlie the selection of appropriate consequences and providing differential reinforcement.

Stimulus control

9. Describe stimulus control, its various facets, and how it is used.

Generalization procedures

10. Describe the principle components of generalization procedures and provide appropriate rationale for training for generalization.


11. Effectively describe the elements of self-management and how it might be taught to children, youth, and adults.


(Skill-based objectives)

1. Use the Functional Behavior Assessment procedures to determine the function of an identified problem behavior.


2. Develop a target replacement behavior (TRB) that serves the same function as the identified problem behavior.

Behavioral objective

3. Develop a behavioral objective that corresponds with the target replacement behavior.

Behavioral Data

4. Observe, count, and graph behavioral data that is based on the target replacement behavior.


5. Make data based decisions using these data to determine the most effective intervention to increase the occurrence of the TRB.

Appropriate techniques

6. Employ appropriate techniques for designing the Behavioral Intervention Plan. This includes manipulating setting events, using instructional methods, providing differential reinforcement, and arranging appropriate consequences.