SPED 514 – Principles of ABA and Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Course Information

Note: If you are a regularly admitted UIC student and wish to enroll in this course, you must enroll in the campus section of the course by using Student Self-Service.

College of Education

SPED 514 – Principles of ABA and Experimental Analysis of Behavior

College/Department: College of Education – Special Education

Program: Learning Behavior Specialist II Program

Dates: 6/15/20 – 8/5/20

Credits: 3 graduate semester credit hours

Tuition/Fees: $486 per semester credit hour tuition.

Description: The purpose of SPED 514 is to provide teachers and other school personnel with advanced knowledge related to developing behavioral interventions for individuals with disabilities. This will include an intensive review of theoretical and practical issues of educating students with disabilities through a behavioral analytic lens. The course includes a mix of strategies to communicate material including those based on experiential, observational, and interactive methods. Specific topics to be addressed have been aligned with the standards for professional practice outlined by the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
The topics to be addressed include (1) methods for identifying and selecting behaviors for intervention; (2) procedures for evaluating behavioral change and intervention success; (3) techniques associated with developing evidence for particular interventions and strategies; (4) methods needed to develop sound behavioral plans; There is an emphasis placed in the course on using empirically-based literature to identify interventions and strategies to assist with developing effective management plans as well as the consideration of various professional obligations such as weighing ethical considerations and working collaboratively with other school-based personnel to ensure that effective programs are developed and implemented with integrity. As such, students will learn how to address the behavioral needs of students from a behavioral perspective and how to use these skills to determine whether the selected intervention is actually working. Moreover, it is important for students to realize up front that this course represents an introduction to a specific theoretical framework. Much of the course is, therefore, dedicated to ensuring that students understand the terminology and rationale underlying the principles of the theory to ensure students are able to communicate effectively as an applied behavior analyst.

Prerequisites: Course offered to Graduate ONLY
Admission to the LBS II Program or admission as a doctorate student or consent of the instructor.

Textbook: For textbook information contact the instructor at sunnykim@uic.edu

Audit Option: No

Instructor(s): Sunyoung Kim

Location: This course meets online

Schedule: This course meets online

Enrollment Deadline: Two weeks prior to the first class

This course is a regular UIC campus course (listed in the UIC Schedule of Classes) in which a limited number of seats is available for continuing education students. If you are a regularly admitted UIC student and wish to enroll in this course, you must enroll in the campus section of the course by using Student Self-Service.

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