Pearl River Offers Applied Behavior Analysis Course for Educators – Picayune Item


HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Educators looking to earn Certified Behavioral Technician (RBT) certification can take it a step further by taking the Applied Behavior Analysis course offered this spring at Pearl River Community College. For the third year in a row, educators located in the PRCC’s six-county district (Forrest, Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion and Pearl River) can take the course for free.

Applied behavior analysis uses a scientific approach to understanding behaviors, particularly how they are influenced by the environment and how learning occurs. The goal is to establish and reinforce socially important behaviors that will enhance the student’s independence and quality of life. This approach can work with people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as other developmental disabilities.

Any assistant teacher or teacher who works with students with autism or other types of students with special needs can benefit from this course. It provides the training required to qualify for observation in practice by a certified professional, and then possibly take a national board exam for RBT certification.

The course is encouraged by Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and is not widely offered statewide. PRCC is the second community college in Mississippi and one of only five institutions of higher learning in the state to offer it.

The course will be delivered as a seven-week, second term, synchronous online hybrid starting in March 2022. Interested persons should apply to the PRCC as a student and then complete a special form available from the FCC Administrative Assistant Michelle Campbell at [email protected].

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