Stephen F. Austin State University

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis Certification

Authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2020 and the Association for Behavior Analysis International the Applied Behavior Analysis Certification program is dedicated to producing ethical, responsible and competent scholars in behavior analysis.

The mission is to train students to apply scientific knowledge and method in the application of behavioral principles to solve social valid problems. The certification program emphasizes critical thinking, communication, personal responsibility, social responsibility, empirical and quantitative skills and teamwork. The curriculum and training are aligned with the 5th Edition Task List of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Modality of instruction is face to face, either in person or via video conferencing.

The ABA Certification program embraces a practitioner-scientist/scholar model of training in which practice, research and theory are considered integrated components.

The program incorporates the BACB® requirements for certification as a behavior analyst and requires 21 semester credit hours. The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Students and completers who wish to become board-certified behavior analysts are responsible for obtaining all additional certification requirements. Completion of the certification program does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the exam to become a BCBA®. This certification program meets the coursework requirements for the BCBA®. Please research the full requirements of the BCBA® exam at

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Tentative Full-Time Enrollment Sequence
Fall Spring Summer
SPSY 5302:
School Based ABA
SPSY 5303:
Individual Case Consultation
SPSY 5305:
Severe Disabilities
SPSY 5301:
Behavior Assessment
SPSY 5306:
Applied Behavior Analysis
SPSY 5366:
Single Case
SPSY 5301:
Behavior Assessment
SPSY 5306:
Applied Behavior Analysis
SPSY 5304:
Ethics in ABA

Professional Standards

Course No BACB Compliance Code & Disciplinary Systems; Professionalism Behavior Assessment Behavor-Change Procedures; Selecting & Implementing Interventions Concepts & Principles Measurements, Data Display & Interpretation; Experimental Design Personnel Supervision & Management Philosophical Underpinnings TOTAL
45 45
45 45
15 15 15 45
45 45
45 30 45
45 45
45 45
TOTAL 45 45 60 75 45 30 15 315

Program Cost

See graduate tuition cost. For more information contact the Business Office at

Application Process

Our application is a two-step process:

Step 1: Apply Texas

  1. Go to
  2. Create an account.
  3. Click "My Applications."
  4. Click "Start new blank application."
  5. Select "Create new graduate school admissions application."
  6. Select Stephen F. Austin State University as your target university.
  7. Indicate whether you are applying from inside or outside the U.S.
  8. Select your semester.
  9. Select "Applied Educational Psychology M.A." for your major.
  10. Complete the "background information"
  11. When you are completing the "educational information", on number 3 and select whether you are applying for the M.A. degree or the certification. If you have a B.A. and want to pursue a BCBA or a M.A. degree you will select M.A. in Applied Educational Psychology if you have a M.A. already or are completing a M.A., you will select certification in ABA.
  12. Finish the application and submit.
  13. You will need to send transcripts and a $50 application fee to the graduate office.

Step 2: Program Application

Complete the program application.

SFASU Graduate Studies
PO Box 13024, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

Phone: 936.468.2807

Applicants must demonstrate completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and completion of or current enrollment in a master's program in psychology, education or a related field. Applicants are considered for admission based on meeting minimum GPA requirements by the program faculty.

Applicants are admitted to the M.A. Applied Educational Psychology and the ABA certificate program and attend courses via ZOOM video conferencing.

Program Information

For more information about this program, see the following documents and contact information below:

Jaime Flowers, Ph.D.
Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership
Stephen F. Austin State University
P.O. Box 13019
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Faculty and Staff
Jaime Flowers, Ph.D., BCBA, Coordinator
(936) 468-1219

Diana Tannery, Program Secretary
(936) 468-1387