Course, Syllabi and Textbook Information

View the syllabus for each course as well as required textbook information. Specific course schedules with assignments are provided upon the start of each course.


Refer to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for additional information.

Course Sequences:

  • BCBA applicants complete the entire 6-course sequence
  • BCaBA applicants complete the only first 4 courses in the sequence

Please click on the individual course names to view descriptions:

EDF 6225 - Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6225 Syllabus‌ (PDF)

Course Description: A basic introduction to behavior analytic principles, definitions, characteristics, processes, and concepts.

Required Textbook/Materials:

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN: 0-13-142113-1

Behavior Development Solutions CBA Module Learning Series, purchased through UWF at a discounted rate after enrollment

EDF 6226 - Behavioral Assessments, Interventions, and Outcomes in Education

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6226 Syllabus‌ (PDF)

Course Description: Behavioral assessment, selecting behavioral outcomes, selecting behavioral strategies, and ethical and professional standards issues relevant to the practice of behavior analysis.

Required Textbooks:

O'Neill, R. E., Albin, R. W., Storey, K., Horner, R. H., & Sprague, J. R. (2014). Functional assessment and program development for problem behavior: A practical handbook (Third Edition).  ISBN-13: 978-1285734828     ISBN-10: 1285734823 

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN: 0-13-142113-1

Behavior Development Solutions CBA Module Learning Series, purchased through UWF at a discounted rate after enrollment

 

EDF 6223 - Positive Behavioral Change and System Support in Educational Setting

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6223 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: Behavior change procedures and systems support for Applied Behavior Analysis.

Required Textbooks:

O'Neill, R. E., Albin, R. W., Storey, K., Horner, R. H., & Sprague, J. R. (2014). Functional assessment and program development for problem behavior: A practical handbook (Third Edition).  ISBN-13: 978-1285734828     ISBN-10: 1285734823 

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN: 0-13-142113-1
Behavior Development Solutions CBA Module Learning Series, purchased through UWF at a discounted rate after enrollment

Holdsambeck, R.D. & Pennypacker, H.S. (2016). Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, discovery, and service. Beverly, MA: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. (ISBN-10: 1597380482)

EDF 7437 - Measurement and Single Case Design

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 7437 Syllabus‌ (PDF)

Course Description: Measurement of behavioral data, data display, data interpretation, experimental evaluation of interventions, and ethical considerations of applied behavior analysis and research.

Required Textbooks:

Kennedy, C. H. (2005). Single-case designs for educational research. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon. (ISBN: 0205340237)

O'Neill, R. E., Albin, R. W., Storey, K., Horner, R. H., & Sprague, J. R. (2014). Functional assessment and program development for problem behavior: A practical handbook (Third Edition).  ISBN-13: 978-1285734828     ISBN-10: 1285734823 

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN: 0-13-142113-1

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

Holdsambeck, R.D. & Pennypacker, H.S. (2016). Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, discovery, and service. Beverly, MA: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. (ISBN-10: 1597380482)

Behavior Development Solutions CBA Module Learning Series, purchased through UWF at a discounted rate after enrollment

EDF 7944 - Advanced Single Case Design in Applied Setting

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 7944 Syllabus‌ (PDF)

Course Description: As a capstone experience, students design and implement a single case design research project addressing an issue relevant to their interests while exploring the ethical and practical implications of conducting applied research.

Required Textbooks:

Kennedy, C. H. (2005). Single-case designs for educational research. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon. (ISBN: 0205340237)

O'Neill, R. E., Albin, R. W., Storey, K., Horner, R. H., & Sprague, J. R. (2014). Functional assessment and program development for problem behavior: A practical handbook (Third Edition).  ISBN-13: 978-1285734828     ISBN-10: 1285734823 

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN: 0-13-142113-1

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

Holdsambeck, R.D. & Pennypacker, H.S. (2016). Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, discovery, and service. Beverly, MA: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. (ISBN-10: 1597380482)

Behavior Development Solutions CBA Module Learning Series, purchased through UWF at a discounted rate after enrollment

EDF 6557 - Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6557 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: Participants learn the issues relevant to ethical and professional conduct in applied behavior analysis including consent, conflict of interest, assessment, behavior change, monitoring, reporting, and applicable law. Content is drawn from the BACB Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards and the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts. This course serves as the fourth in a series of courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam.

Required Textbooks:

Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis.(2nd Ed.). Prentice Hall. (ISBN: O-675-20223-X)

Bailey, J., & Burch, M. Ethics for Behavior Analysts (2nd Expanded Edition). Routledge. (ISBN:978-0-415-88030-5)

Holdsambeck, R.D. & Pennypacker, H.S. (2016). Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, discovery, and service. Beverly, MA: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. (ISBN-10: 1597380482)

Behavior Development Solutions CBA Module Learning Series, purchased through UWF at a discounted rate after enrollment



Optional Elective Courses:

  • Prerequisites: EDF 6225, EDF 6226, and EDF 6223
  • EDF 6227 may substitute for EDF 7944 in the required 6-course sequence.

Please click on the individual course names to view descriptions:

EDF 6222 - Concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6222 Syllabus  (PDF)

Course Description: Participants learn concepts of applied behavior analysis via BF Skinner’s writings, as well as other historical contributors to the field. Underlying assumptions of science are stressed, including determinism, selectionism, empiricism, parsimony, and pragmatism. The content is based on specific topics via the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Fourth Edition Task List, as well early applications of operant conditioning across populations. This course serves as an additional elective for degree seeking or interested students that meet the pre-requisites. 

Required Textbooks:

Moore, J. (2015). From a behavioral point of view: A psychological primer. Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing.

​Schneider, S. M. (2012). The Science of consequences: How they affect genes, change the brain, and impact our world. New York, NY: Prometheus Books.
 
Skinner, B. F. (1953). Science and human behavior. New York, NY: Freedom Press.

Skinner, B. F. (1976) About Behaviorism. Vintage. New York. ISBN 0394716183



EDF 6227 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6227 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: Participants learn foundational knowledge and concepts of experimental analysis of behavior to include demonstrating the operations of principles of behavior in the context of basic research in multiple areas of investigation such as schedules of reinforcement, stimulus control, conditioned reinforcement choice, and establishing/motivational operations while adhering to management, supervision, and ethical and professional issues relevant to experimental research. The content is based on specific topics via the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Fourth Edition Task List, as well as basic experimental principles of operant conditioning. This course serves as either an alternative for EDF 7944 in a series of six courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam or as an additional elective for degree seeking or interested students that meet the pre-requisites.

 

Required Textbooks:

Catania, A. C. (2013). Learning. (5th ed.). Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing
 
Sidman, M. (1998 ). Tactics of scientific research: Evaluating experimental data in psychology. Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. ISBN‐10: 0962331104
 
Students will also be required to purchase CyberRat Software as a requirement for the course


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