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SPCL 7915 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention: Home

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for Professor Elizalde-Utnick's SPCL 7915 course.

Course Summary

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and understanding of behavioral assessment and intervention strategies. Students will learn and review the fundamental principles that govern behavior according to behavioral and learning theorists. Students will then apply these principles of behavior to the classroom for assessment, intervention, and evaluation purposes. This course prepares students to use collaborative problem solving in the application of behavioral techniques.

Team-Based Learning

Click here or on the image below for more on our Team-Based Learning.

table of students, click for guidelines

These are SPCL students in a TBL course with Prof. Elizalde-Utnick. They are discussing and deciding on the best seating arrangement when conducting a counseling session with a parent and interpreter.

Distance Learning

Due to COVID-19, after a recess from March 12 to March 18, as of March 19 instruction at CUNY has transitioned to a distance learning modality. In addition to continued usage of the OER course website (, the instructor will use both synchronous and asynchronous strategies to facilitate the class sessions. Cohn and Seltzer (2020) describe these two strategies as follows:

  1. Synchronous: instructors and students gather at the same time and interact in “real time” with a very short or “near-real time” exchange between instructors and students.
  2. Asynchronous: instructors prepare course materials for students in advance of students’ access. Students may access the course materials at a time of their choosing and will interact with each other over a longer period of time.

Source: Cohn, J., & Seltzer, B. (2020). Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption, for SIS and PWR. Retrieved from:

Session readings and activities continue to be posted on the OER website. Adjustments to the course outline have been made due to the switch to distance learning. There will be no more quizzes; instead, students will (asynchronously) post their responses to the reading reflection questions on Blackboard; see course website for questions. Session slides will be posted in advance of each session, and students are expected to review them in preparation for class. The class will “meet” at the scheduled course time (1:00 or 4:30 pm, synchronously, depending on section) via Blackboard Collaborate. Students should familiarize themselves with the tool during the recess period. Assignments will be submitted electronically by posting on Blackboard.

Students are expected to continue to participate actively in all aspects of the course, both the asynchronous and synchronous components. Please contact the instructor if there are any questions or concerns. We are all learning to navigate this new learning environment, and we are supporting each other during this very difficult, disruptive, scary, and anxiety-provoking time. 


Welcome to SPCL 7915!

All the readings and materials that you will need for the course are located on this website. Enjoy exploring the site before our first class. Please print the syllabus and bring it with you to class.

Many of the session activities are available to you to preview before and review after each session. We will go over course requirements and this website during our first session.

I wish to thank Professor Miriam Deutch, Coordinator, Brooklyn College Open Educational Resources Initiative, for the opportunity to participate in this project.

Special thanks go to Colin McDonald, OER Developer, who designed and formatted this website. His patience, talent, and creativity are greatly appreciated.


Click on the image below for the course syllabus.

Amended Course Outline - Online Delivery


Credits: Header image from Pixabay, released free for use. Syllabus image is a TBL cartoon from Sibley and Spiridonoff at the Centre for Instructional Support, University of British Columbia.

Open Educational Resource Information

Unless otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

This course website contains copyrighted materials available only for your personal, noncommercial educational and scholarly use. This site is used in accordance with the fair use provision, Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act where allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. Every effort has been made to provide attribution of copyrighted content. If you wish to use any copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain expressed permission from the copyright owner. If you are the owner of any copyrighted material that appears on this site and believe the use of any such material does not constitute "fair use", please contact Professor Graciela Elizalde-Utnick to have the content removed, if proven necessary.

This open educational resource was created as part of the CUNY and SUNY 2017-19 Open Educational Resources Initiatives. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature awarded CUNY and SUNY $16 million to implement open educational resources to develop, enhance and institutionalize new and ongoing open educational resources across both universities.

Special thanks to the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs, the CUNY Office of Library Services, Brooklyn College Administration and Professor Miriam Deutch, Coordinator, Brooklyn College Open Educational Resources Initiative. Site design and formatting by Colin McDonald, OER Developer.