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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 (ABAI) has verified the courses in this program 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

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Jaime Flowers

Program Administrative Support:

Kristina Tannery

Admission requirements and procedures

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 

  1. Complete the program application through

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 MA in Applied Educational Psychology and the ABA certificate program and attend courses via ZOOM video conferencing. Students must attend courses in real-time, with face-to-face video conferencing via Zoom.


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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13019, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962