The intent of this course is to teach the enrolled students (i.e., MAT, M.Ed., & Graduate Certificate levels) the following:
1. The major components of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS).
2. How to observe, define, and measure non-academic as well as academic behavior in classrooms and schools.
3. How to model appropriate behavior so that students understand and repeat it in classrooms and schools.
4. How to design and conduct an ABA classroom experiment to change the behavior of a student in a positive direction.
5. Ways in which to discuss and present the use of ABA in schools and in the classroom.
6. Ways in which to prevent the occurrence of inappropriate behavior in school and classrooms.
7. The various components of MTSS and PBIS interventions in schools and classrooms.
8. The nuances of positive and negative reinforcement, punishment, generalization and maintenance of behavior, and self-management of behavior.
9. The notion of social validity of ABA behavior change methods and outcomes.
10. The need to be aware of the ethics involved in the application of ABA methods in schools and classrooms.