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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

Our application is a two-step process:  

Step 1: Apply to the Graduate School

  • Application to the Graduate School: Apply online
  • A $50 application fee paid online
  • Copies of transcripts for all colleges and universities attended

Learn more about applying to graduate school at SFA.

If you have questions about the graduate school application process, please contact the graduate school at

Step 2: 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 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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Nacogdoches, Texas 75962