Behavioral Anaylsis and Mental Health Certificate

Designed for students interested in working with individuals with intensive behavioral needs including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.School systems, corporations, law enforcement agencies, and behavioral health providers hire Behavior Analysts to develop policies and procedures and work directly with individuals to improve educational and health outcomes and behavior challenges.Certificate coursework prepares students to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavioral Analyst examination:

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Required Courses:
EDC 308Intro Dev Disabilities3
EDC 306Applied Behavior Analysis I3
EDC 307Applied Behavior Analysis II3
EDC 402Research Methods Beh Analysis3
Total Credit Hours12

Total 12 Credit Hours Required

EDC 306     Applied Behavior Analysis I     3 Credit Hours

This is the first in a two course sequence in applied behavior analysis, focusing on best practices and current research. General topics to be covered include principles of learning, research methods in applied behavior analysis, skills training and stimulus control techniques, interventions for problem behavior, ethical issues, and the application of behavior analysis across a wide range of populations, settings, and behaviors. (F,S)

EDC 308     Intro Dev Disabilities     3 Credit Hours

Full Title: Introduction to Developmental Disabilities This course will provide an overview of the issues related to the diverse group of individuals with developmental disabilities. Topics include the history and public policy issues related to this population. Special consideration will be given to familial issues within the context of socio-cultural issues and the role of families in the provision of services across the lifespan. Students will be exposed to the range of assessment practices for developmental disabilities, including intellectual, adaptive behavior, psychosocial, behavioral, psychoeducational, and developmental. Specific conditions under the category of developmental disabilities are covered, along with the diagnostic criteria for these conditions. Other topics include educational and behavioral interventions, person centered planning/family centered support, post-school and adult issues, physical and mental health issues, services and supports to improve quality of life, controversial therapies, and ethical issues for individuals with developmental disabilities. (F, S)

EDC 307     Applied Behavior Analysis II     3 Credit Hours

This is the second of a two-course sequence in applied behavior analysis. This course covers advanced behavior change procedures and processes including maintenance and generalization of behavior chaining, staff training, and Functional Communication Training. The course also provides advanced consideration of ethical and legal issues related to behavioral intervention. (Prerequisite ABA I). (F, W)

Prerequisite(s): EDC 306 and EDC 308 or EDC 309

EDC 402     Research Methods Beh Analysis     3 Credit Hours

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the fundamentals of behavior-analytic research methods. The course will review single-case time series methodologies to assess various dimensions of behavior and evaluate the effects of interventions of behavior. Single-case research has played an important role in developing and evaluating interventions designed to modify some aspect of human behavior. This course will encompass a broad range of research areas that utilize single-case designs within both the behavior analytic literature and other disciplines including school psychology, medicine, and business. (F, S)

Prerequisite(s): EDC 306


An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally