(12 Hours) In this course, you will learn how to use data to identify and hypothesize functions of behavior. Using this information, you will be able to design and implement an effective intervention plan that will address inappropriate behavior. This method will assist you in managing classroom behaviors in a manner that enhances the learning environment.

  • Price: $40

  • Credit Type: Professional Development

  • Credits: 12 PD Hours

  • 23 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course


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  • Special Education/ Needs
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Course Objectives:

What You Will Learn
  • The Components of Student Behavior and How to Collect & Analyze Behavior Data to Better Understand Your Student
  • How to Determine the Root Cause or Function of the Behavior

  • An Overview of Ideas on How To Address Student Behavior

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What You Will Learn:

Course Sections

In This Course You Will Learn:

  • How to identify and operationally define inappropriate student behavior
  • How to hypothesize the function of the behavior
  • How to choose appropriate replacement behaviors
  • How to design and implement an intervention

Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

What behaviors are occurring in my classroom that are disrupting learning and how can I manage those behaviors more effectively?

Great course with tons of resources!  I found the presentations to be clear and concise while still providing a wealth of information and tools.  I can’t wait to try these strategies out with my students!

-Elementary-Level Teacher

Professional Development Credits:


At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 12 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

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This course is Pre-Approved in the following states for License Renewal and Continuing education:

  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
  • New York CTLE’s – NYSED-Approved
  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) – Approved
  • Nevada DOE
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Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – The Components of Behavior

  • A definition of various forms of student behavior in the classroom
  • The three components to consider when understanding your students’ behaviors

Section 2 – Behavior Data Recording

  • The definition of a functional behavior assessment
  • The ABC method of collecting student behavior data
  • Other methods for collecting student data

Section 3 – The Functions of Behavior

  • The four functions of behavior
  • How to generate a hypothesis about the function of your target behavior

Section 4 – Planning and Evaluating Interventions

  • How to choose replacement behaviors
  • How to design a function-based intervention
  • Methods for evaluating interventions
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Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 23 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • ABCs of Behavior Reference Chart
  • ABCs Data Collection Tool with Samples
  • ABC Data Scatterplot with Samples
  • Behavior Scatterplot with Samples
  • Behavior Recording Documents with Samples
  • The Functions of Behavior Reference Guide
  • Functions of Behavior Worksheet with Samples
  • Replacement Behavior Planner with Samples
  • Function-Based Intervention Planner with Samples
  • Intervention Fidelity Planner with Samples
  • Intervention Plan Template with Samples
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist with Samples
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