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

Full-Time Enrollment Sequence

Year 1

SPSY 5301: Functional Behavior Assessment SPSY 5302: School Based Applied Behavior Analysis SPSY 6305/5305: Autism and Severe Development Disabilities
SPSY 6336/5335: Single Case Research Methods SPSY 5303: Individual Case Consultation SPSY 6304/5304: Verbal Behavior/Applied Behavior Analysis Ethics
SPSY 6306/5306: Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis

Part-Time Enrollment Sequence

Year 1

SPSY 5301: Functional Behavior Assessment SPSY 5302: School Based Applied Behavior Analysis SPSY 6304/5304: Verbal Behavior/Applied Behavior Analysis Ethics
SPSY 5303: Individual Case Consultation
Year 2

SPSY 6336: Single Case Research Methods SPSY 6306: Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis SPSY 6305/5305: Autism and Severe Development Disabilities

Professional Standards

Program Cost

View SFA graduate tuition fees.

For more information, contact the business office at

Application Process

This program follows SFA's rolling application deadline. You may apply for spring or fall admissions at any time. Applications must be received one month before the start of classes for the semester you wish to attend.

Applicants must complete the SFA Graduate School application. The university requires a $50 application fee.


1. Complete the program application and email it to

2. Go to ApplyTexas and follow the directions below:

a. Create an account by following the directions.

b. Click "My Applications."

c. Click "Start new blank application."

d. Select "Create new graduate school admissions application."

e. Select Stephen F. Austin State University as your target university.

f. Indicate whether you are applying from inside or outside the U.S.

g. Select your semester.

h. Select "School Psychology M.A." for your major.

i. On the second page of the application under "educational information," select "certificate" for question 3; for question 4, please type in "ABA Certificate."

j. Complete your application.

3. Mail the application fee to SFA Graduate Studies (see address below). Applications will not be processed without an application fee. Please make check/money order payable to Stephen F. Austin State University.

4. Send OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from every institution you have attended (even if work appears on multiple transcripts) to SFA Graduate Studies.

5. Verify with SFA Graduate Studies that no other items are needed.

SFA 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 may apply to be admitted to the ABA Certification program and attend courses via Zoom video conferencing (in other words, remote instruction). Students wishing to attend via Zoom must state so in their initial application materials, meet all admissions requirements and be approved by the program faculty. The following criteria, in addition to all program and course requirements, must be met:

Program Information

Download handbook.

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