Applied Behavior Analysis
Understanding, interpretation, and use of behavioral programming in classroom management for special education are the focus of this course. An awareness of the role of behavior modification and reinforcement principles, cognitive and humanistic theories, in concert with the affective domain and self-esteem strategies are stressed. Emphasis is on the teacher’s need to achieve maximum effectiveness in predicting and controlling behavior, while creating a learning environment that fosters active engagement for students with exceptional learning needs. This learning environment will encourage independence, self-motivation, self-direction, personal empowerment, and self-advocacy through the use of direct motivational and instructional strategies. The skills necessary to effectively manage the behavior of the children entrusted to their care, while providing guidance and direction to other individuals will also be addressed.
Prerequisite(s): MED 6102 and MSE 7403