Certificate Degrees and Continuing Education

  • Specialist's Degree in ABA Methodology (Applied Behavior Analysis)

    General Information

    Teaching Languages: Spanish

    Places: 15

    Número mínimo de alumnos exigido: 12

    Duration: 40 ECTS credits, 10 months

    Tuition Fee: 2.900 €

    Access Requirements:

    Preferably, Bachelors and Graduates in Psychology, Pedagogy or related disciplines (with up to 20 credits left to finish the Degree), and Diplomas in Teaching Education, Logopedy or related disciplines.

    Selection will be made based on a personal interview, either in-person or online.

    Plazo único de preinscripción y matrícula

    • Preinscripción: 1 de junio a 19 de agosto
    • Listas provisionales: 3 de septiembre
    • Reclamación a las listas: 4 a 7 de septiembre
    • Listas definitivas: 11 de septiembre
    • Matrícula: 14 al 18 de septiembre

    Modality: Blended learning


    Fridays from 4 PM to 8 PM

    Teaching Center: Faculty of Psychology

    Professional Opportunities

    • Teachers in ABA programs for treating autism, under the supervision of a doctor in ABA methodology.
    • Teachers in ABA programs for treating learning disabilities, development pathologies, Asperger's Syndrome, attention disorders or hyperactivity and other related illnesses, under the supervision of a doctor in ABA methodology.
    • Therapist in ABA programs for intervention in disorders related to behavior, sleep, food, sphincter control and many other related illnesses.
    • Formation for being a teacher in ABA programs for teaching social, motor and academic abilities in early childhood and primary education.


    The Specific Degree in Specialist in ABA Methodology (Applied Behavior Analysis) is divided into 2 semesters, through which the following modules and subjects are taught:

    • Module 1. Introduction to ABA Methodology and the GDDs.


    • Presentation
    • Context of the ABA in Psychology. Principles of Behavior Analysis. Experimental Behavior Analysis and Applied Behavior Analysis.
    • Diagnosis of the GDDs. Early detection. Preliminary assessment of abilities and composition of the clinical report. Standardized tests.
    • Biological factors that determine the DDGs.

    Module 2. Basic principles of learning.


    • Behavior registry.
    • Functional evaluation and interview with the parents..
    • Behavioral principles: Positive and negative reinforcement. Differential reinforcement of other behaviors. Differential reinforcement of incompatible behaviors.
    • Behavioral learning. Prerequisite behaviors for intervention: Attention. Following instructions. Conditioning of reinforcements.
    • Procedures for intervention in specific behavioral problems (food, sleep disorders). Applied use of punishment and extinction procedures (overcorrection, time out, cost of response).

    Module 3. Principles of differentiated behavior.


    • Principles of differentiated learning. Preceding stimuli. Definition of ability with all its components.
    • Conditioned reinforcement and chaining. Economy of files and contingency contracts. Elaboration of a complete motivational system: Theoretical principles in Activity Schedules.
    • Academic behavior: reading, writting and Mathematics.

    Module 4. Verbal behavior.


    • Verbal behavior. Principles of verbal learning. Basic operatives. Multiple control.
    • Techniques for intervention in verbal behavior I: Imitation and development of echoic repertoire.
    • Techniques for intervention in verbal behavior II: Teaching of commands, touch, interverbal and other verbal operatives. - Following instructions and ruled behavior.
    • CABAS and research on verbal behavior.
    • Equivalence and other relations between stimuli.
    • Procedures for changes in complex behavior: Emergence of new language.
    • Social interaction: specific programs. Assuming a perspective. Development of social behavior in autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

    Module 5. Supplementary formation.


    • General panorama of intervention and curriculum development.
    • Principles of childhood development.
    • Working with parents. Generalization.
    • Examples of ABA methodology in clinical cases.
    • Principles of research. Applied experimental designs.


    Coordination :

    • Luis Antonio Pérez González

      Telephone: 985 103 277 - 984 083 220

      E-mail: laperez@uniovi.es

      Office: Department of Psychology. Office 208.