Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Special Education, Early Childhood & Prevention Science

Degree Program

Curriculum and Instruction, PhD

Committee Chair

Landrum, Timothy J.

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Burt, Jonathan L.

Committee Member

Burt, Jonathan L.

Committee Member

Dubuque, Erick M.

Committee Member

Scott, Terrance M.

Author's Keywords

teacher training; behavior skills training; pyramidal training; behavior interventions


Behavioral skills training (BST) is a commonly used, well-researched method for delivering training that has been shown to generate mastery and fidelity across multiple populations and skills. Despite the evidence supporting its use across multiple settings with a variety of populations, few studies have examined the use of pyramidal BST to train educators in a public school setting in the implementation of functional communication training (FCT). This study utilized a concurrent multiple probe across participants design to examine the effects of pyramidal BST on the procedural integrity of general education teachers providing FCT as part of an intervention plan. BST was provided by the researcher to a special education teacher participant in one training session; the special education teacher then utilized BST to provide FCT implementation training to general education staff in single subsequent training sessions. No additional coaching was provided beyond these training sessions. Data collected throughout the study indicated that pyramidal BST provided in one session resulted in an increase in procedural integrity across all general education teacher participants with strong positive effect sizes (dp estimates range: 11.97 – 16.56). Social validity data indicate that the teacher participants viewed the training as valuable and expressed an interest in receiving further training. The results of this study support the use of pyramidal BST to train general education teachers in the implementation of FCT.