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The Master of Arts in applied educational psychology prepares a student to become a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). The program includes the seven VSC courses which are a verified course sequence (VCS) with Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).  The program 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 MA 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 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

The MA in Applied Educational Psychology program is currently not accepting applications for fall 2022 or spring 2023. Pending a review of new accreditation standards, the program may begin accepting applications in fall 2023.  Please email for more information.


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