Behavior Technician

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Behavior Technician Associate of Applied Science degree prepares learners to work with individuals who have developmental and behavioral needs.  With this degree, a learner can gain employment working with the special needs population in both an educational, group, and individual home settings. There are many career options with this degree. This program bridges between the Foundations of Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education, and Human Services programs adding courses targeted more towards working with and supporting the special needs population at all ages. Typical duties include supervising classroom and playground activities, monitoring students, assisting students one-on-one, collecting data, managing student behavior, supporting individual needs of all students, using communication systems, following teacher or senior behavior technicians learning plans at school or in home setting, and supporting individual personal hygiene needs.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Discriminate between the various diagnoses collectively known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
  • Analyze the impact of early intervention on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Implement positive behaviors to support students identified on the Autism Spectrum.
  • Foster play and friendship for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Demonstrate a variety of effective teaching methods, adaptations and modifications for learners identified on the Autism Spectrum.
  • Examine functional living skills and vocational support for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
103-107 Intermediate Excel 2
103-138 Word Documents 2
307-151 ECE: Infant & Toddler Development 3
520-101 Community Resources and Services 3
522-107 EDU: Overview of Spec Ed 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
Semester 2
522-142 Autism: Spectrum Disorder 3
522-145 Autism: Teaching Methods 3
801-198 Speech 3
Mathematical Reasoning
or Intermediate Algebra with Applications
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester 3
520-102 Introduction to Gerontology 3
520-108 Children and Family Services 3
522-105 EDU: Behavior Management 3
522-106 EDU: Child & Adolescent Development 3
522-124 EDU: Supporting Stu w/Disab 3
522-150 Practicum 1: Clinical Setting 1
Semester 4
520-103 Interviewing Principles & Documentation 3
522-153 Applied Behavior Strategies, Assessments, and Intervention 3
522-147 Autism: Transition / Beyond 3
522-151 Practicum 2: Educ Setting 1
809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3
809-188 Developmental Psychology 3
 Total Credits63-64

General Education Courses

801-136English Composition 13
804-134Mathematical Reasoning3-4
or 804-118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications
809-172Introduction to Diversity Studies3
809-188Developmental Psychology3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3