Stephen F. Austin State University

M.A. Applied Educational Psychology

M.A. Applied Educational Psychology

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board authorized the M.A. in Applied Educational Psychology in 2021. It is a program consisting of 30 units (10 graduate level courses). The seven courses authorized by the Association for Behavior Analysis International in the Applied Behavior Analysis Certification are part of the M.A. in Applied Educational Psychology, meeting the training requirement to pursue a BCBA®.

The MA in applied educational psychology prepares a student to become a board certified in behavior analysts (BCBA). The program includes the seven VSC courses which are a verified course sequence (VCS) with ABAI (Applied behavior analysis international). The MA in educational psychology focuses on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts. It emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving. This program teaches quantitative methodology, and the best practices in the field applied behavior analysis.

The Master's in Applied Educational Psychology embraces a practitioner-scientist model of training in which practice, research, and theory are considered integrated components.

Practitioner: The practitioner is expected to demonstrate a high level of expertise in the professional practice of school psychology. This expertise includes the areas of consultation, assessment, and intervention.

Scientist: The scientist is expected to understand and advance basic knowledge in school psychology. Students are educated to be skilled consumers of research as well as researchers capable of examining relevant problems, both empirical and applied.

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

ABAI VCS program logo

Tentative Full-Time Enrollment Sequence
Fall Spring Summer
SPSY 5344:
Human Growth & Development
SPSY 5315:
Academic Assessment & Intervention
SPSY 5305:
Severe Disabilities
SPSY 5302:
School Based ABA
SPSY 5303:
Individual Case Consultation
SPSY 5366:
Single Case
SPSY 5301:
Behavior Assessment
SPSY 5306:
Applied Behavior Analysis
SPSY 5331:
Research Methods
SPSY 5304:
Ethics in ABA

Professional Standards

The M.A. in Applied Educational Psychology is aligned with the 5th Edition Task List of the BACB ®. The matrix below demonstrates how each course required in the certificate aligns with the required task list areas.

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. 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.

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