By Laura O’Neill
PRCC Public Relations
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Educators who want to earn Registered Behavior 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 offers the training required to qualify for observation in practice by a certified professional and then possibly pass a national board examination 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 higher education institutions in the state to offer it.
The course will be delivered as a seven-week synchronous online hybrid of Term 2 starting in March 2022. Interested persons should apply to the PRCC. as a student, then complete a special form available from FCC Administrative Assistant Michelle Campbell at [email protected]