Adults with Disabilities

This specialty area is for students interested in working with people with developmental disabilities and in the development of supportive teaching programs in the community for people with developmental disabilities. The courses teach observing and defining behavior; increasing appropriate and decreasing inappropriate behavior; developing relationships; counseling; legal and ethical issues; and experimental design. The course sequence culminates in practicum work in a community-based residential service agency or day treatment program for adults with developmental disabilities. Careers: Graduates of this specialty are excellent candidates for positions in residential treatment programs, community human service agencies, and vocational and pre-vocational teaching programs for people with disabilities. Many students also pursue graduate studies in applied behavioral analysis, special education, and psychology.

Adults with Disabilities  

Introductory Course (3 hours)

ABSC 100            Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)


ABSC 101         Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science, Honors (3)

Core Knowledge Courses (10 hours)

ABSC 304         Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3)

ABSC 308            Research Methods and Application (4)

ABSC 509         Contemporary Behavioral Science (3)

Required Specialty Area Course (3 hours)

ABSC 350            Behavioral Treatment of Children with Autism (3)

Specialty Area Electives (at least 11 hours)

Any ABSC courses, except those already required as introductory, core knowledge, and required specialty area courses.  Additionally, at least 9 hours of coursework must be at the junior/senior level. Practicum courses (ABSC 675-699) do not count toward specialty area elective hours.  Please see specialty area advisors for more specific recommendations.

ABSC 150         Community Leadership (3)

ABSC 160+       Child Behavior and Development (3)

ABSC 310/311 Building Health Communities (3)

ABSC 342         Adult Development & Aging (3)

ABSC 356         Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)

ABSC 360         Drugs, Addiction, Behavior (3)

ABSC 405         Children and Media (3)

ABSC 410+       Behavioral Approaches in Working with Adolescents (3)

ABSC 425*^     Teaching Apprenticeship in Applied Behavioral Science (3)

ABSC 433         Analysis of Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Roles in Childhood & Adolescence (3)

ABSC 437+       Independent Living and People with Disabilities (3)

ABSC 469*^        Special Topics (1-3)

ABSC 470            Organizational Behavior Management (3)

ABSC 479*^        Study Abroad Topics (1-5)

ABSC 489*^        Directed Readings (1-3)

ABSC 499*^        Directed Research (1-3)

ABSC 535+           Developmental Psychopathology (3)

ABSC 542            Applied Gerontology (3)

ABSC 555            Issues in Administering Early Childhood Services (3)

ABSC 560+           The Juvenile Justice System: A Behavioral & Legal Perspective (3)

ABSC 562         Behavioral Community Approaches to Social Issues (3)

ABSC 565+           Applied Developmental Psychology (3)

ABSC 599*^        Honors & Thesis in Applied Behavioral Science (1-5)

ABSC 606*^        Special Projects in the Community (1-10)

ABSC 620            Drug Abuse: From Basic Research to Public Policy (3)

ABSC 626            Psychology of Adolescence (3)

ABSC 632            Advanced Child Behavior and Development (3)

ABSC 671+           Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

ABSC 799            Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3)

+   Recommended as complementary to specialty area.

* No more than 6 credit hours of these courses count toward ABS major hours.

^  Requires instructor permission.

Practicum (6 Hours)

ABSC 304 and ABSC 350 must be taken prior to enrolling in the practicum. 

ABSC 685^       Practicum in Community Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities (3-6)

^  Requires instructor permission.

Faculty Members

Professor Claudia Dozier






Developmental Disabilities