• About


    This is the first course for the FOURTH Task edition required for certification by the BACB as a BCBA.

    This course focuses on the basic concepts in the field of applied behavior analysis, preparing students for the application of behavioral principles in various settings, including home, residential facilities and with various clinical populations from developmental disabilities to emotionally and behaviorally disturbed individuals.  The course is based upon the BACB® Fourth Edition Task List.  Content Area and Task numbers covered for each lesson are indicated for each lesson in the syllabus, below. Students will be able to identify the underlying assumptions of behavior analysis, distinguish between behaviorism, the experimental analysis of behavior, and applied behavior analysis, demonstrate an understanding of the dimensions of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and interpret articles from the behavior analytic literature.  Students will be able to identify the definitions of behavior/response/response class; environment; stimulus; consequence; antecedent; reinforcement; punishment; stimulus control; establishing operation; contingency functional relationships; extinction; generalization.  Students will be able to discriminate between the respondent conditioning model and the operant conditioning model. This course utilizes principles from behavior analysis to teach the course, including those borrowed from the Keller Method, frequent assessment and feedback in the form of “probes,” and adult education methods. 

    Instructor: Dr Michael Weinberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D

    This is a tablet friendly course


  • Training Hours

    Equivalent to 45 hours of classroom time; 3 semester hours available through Brandman University’s Extended Education Department


    How do I claim University Credits?

    How are classroom hours calculated?

  • Method of Delivery

    Online, self paced, competency tested course

  • Program Requirements

    Method of Evaluation: Students must complete all lessons for each course and attain 90% or higher average on probes (Quizzes), exams, and online activities.  “Probes” are based upon content of the prior few classes and are not inclusive of material in other areas. 

    Class Policies:  Students are required to participate in the online courses and complete all activities and quizzes based on the 90% or higher performance criterion.  A Course Certificate will be given contingent upon 80% average mastery of exams, compliance to attendance policy, and full payment of all tuition and/or fees. 

  • Readings


    Applied Behavior Analysis (2nd Edition) by Cooper, Heron and Heward (or latest edition)

    Behavior Analysis for Lasting Change (3rd Edition) Mayer, Sulzer-Azaroff and Wallace (2013 or latest edition)



    Martin, G. & Pear, J. (2000). Behavior Modification: What is it and how to do it?



    Brandman University's Course Content Verification Table

    Basic Principles and Characteristics of Behavior Syllabus

    Assessment and Evaluation System

  • Eligibility Requirements

    1. I can verify that I possess a minimum of a Bachelors Degree and understand that I may be asked to provide evidence of this
    2. I can verify that I am at least 18 years old.
    3. I agree that if my course or program tuition is being paid for by my employer, CoAHS can provide the following information should the employer requested it:
      • Identifying information
      • Progress measures
      • Academic Transcript
    4. I agree to the Standard Terms and Conditions
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