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Graduate Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis

This program requires completion of 18 credit hours (6 courses)

Prerequisites for entry into the program:

  • EDSP 644 Applied Behavior Analysis (taken within the past three years with a grade of “B” or better)
  • EDSP 570 Autism: Introduction and Understanding (taken within the past three years with a grade of “B” or better)
  • Professional certification/license in a field related to autism (e.g., special education, psychology, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, or social work).
Category Online Courses Credit Hours
Course Sequence

EDSP 671 – Autism: Methods and Teaching Strategies (3)
EDSP 669 – Single Subject Research Methods and Designs (3)
EDSP 546 – AAC and a Behavior Analytic Approach to Communicaion (3)

9
Midpoint Assessment
Midpoint Assessment

EDSP 650 – Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
EDSP 651 – Professional and Ethical Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
EDSP 673 – Research Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)

9
Exit Assessment
Minimum Total for Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis 18


Course Descriptions

EDSP 671 Autism: Strategies and Techniques

Prerequisite: EDSP 570. Course participants will examine instructional approaches used with students with autism. Emphasis is placed on research based strategies that have utility in facilitating increases in communication, social, and academic skills.


EDSP 669 Single Subject Research Methods and Designs

Prerequisite: EDSP 644. Students will learn principles and methods of designing single subject research in educational settings and are required to design and defend a research proposal.


EDSP 546 Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication

Prerequisite: EDSP 260 for undergrads or EDSP 644 for graduates. This course prepares practitioners to use principles of ABA to assess and teach communication skills to individuals with disabilities and develop knowledge of current AAC technology and assessment procedures.


EDSP 650 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis

Prerequisite: EDSP 644 and EDSP 671. The content in this course addresses advanced principles of applied behavior analysis and their application within various applied contexts. Students will conduct behavior change projects and analyze their effectiveness.


EDSP 651 Professional and Ethical Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis

Prerequisite: EDSP 650 and EDSP 671. This course is designed to address behavioral consultation across settings. Particular emphasis will be placed on professional ethics as well as the skills necessary for successful consultation.


EDSP 673 Research Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Prerequisite: EDSP 670 and EDSP 671. In this research seminar, course participants examine a variety of current issues related to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Particular emphasis will be placed on early intervention, comprehensive treatment models and meeting the support needs of adolescents and adults.



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