Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate and Practicum Supervision Course

At Texas A&M, we offer both the coursework and the fieldwork supervision necessary to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® examination*. The coursework consists of six online courses in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), Inc.®. You may complete these courses toward the ABA certificate, whether or not you are interested in becoming a BCBA.

In addition to the coursework necessary to sit for the BCBA® exam*, we offer a 3-credit hour practicum course in ABA. This course meets the BACB’s® supervision requirements necessary to sit for the BCBA® exam*, and allows you to earn experience hours in 4-6 semesters. This is 50-67% faster than you would if you were to hire a supervisor independently. During the 2016-2018 academic years, we will offer the following BACB® approved supervision courses in both online and face-to-face formats**:

  • SEFB 430 or 630 Practicum in ABA. Offered Fall/Spring.
  • SEFB 431 or 631 Intensive Practicum in ABA. Offered in the Summer depending on the availability of instructors – rare.

For more information or to apply for the ABA certificate or the practicum supervision courses, please click the buttons below.

*Additional requirements apply for national certification. See the BACB® website for more information on the certification process: Learn more at BACB®.

**Students may repeat these courses to reach the required 1500 hours of field experience. The number of semesters required will depend on each student's access to hours in the field

Coursework for ABA Certificate (online)

Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

DEADLINE to apply to the ABA certificate Program

Feb. 15 (summer admission)

Complete 18 hours for a transcripted TAMU graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis!

The ABA certificate option includes:

  • 18 credit hours entirely online
  • Asynchronous and synchronous course formats
  • Preparation for the BCBA exam
  • Required courses include:
    • SEFB 618 Applied Behavior Management in the Classroom
    • SPED 699 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
    • SPED 642 Program Development for Students with Behavior Problems
    • SPED 609 Educating Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • EPSY 630 Single-Case Research
    • SPED 602 Ethics and Professional Conduct in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis

Current Students

Contact the EPSY advisor to apply for the TAMU graduate certificate in ABA.

Prospective Students

Non-students who are only interested in the TAMU graduate certificate in ABA (18 hours listed above): Go to Apply Texas

    1. Apply as a non-degree seeking student.
    2. Choose Texas A&M for the school
    3. Choose Educational Psychology (EPSY) for the department
    4. And NDS for non-degree seeking Master's

Local Practicum Course for ABA Supervision (face-to-face)

Local Practicum Opportunity

We provide supervision for limited numbers of students. Local students must:

  • Already have enrolled in ABA coursework at TAMU
  • Work with faculty in local, assigned practicum experiences
  • Commit to engage in practicum there for at least 10 hours per week

Current Special Education Master’s and Doctoral students are eligible to apply. We may also consider other TAMU graduate students pending availability.

To apply, please send the following items to the BACB® Faculty Contact, Dr. Jennifer Ganz, BCBA-D

  • Recent transcripts (may be unofficial)
  • A statement related to your interest in autism and ABA
  • Evidence of completion of your BACB supervision training (Register and complete training below)
  • Also ask three academic (at least 1) and professional contacts to provide references commenting on your experience with people with developmental disabilities, work ethic, and interpersonal skills.

BACB® Registration

Distance Practicum Course for ABA Supervision (online)

The distance (online) practicum course will be discontinued as of August 2018 due to unavailability of funds.

Online Practicum Opportunity

During the 2016-2018 academic years, we will provide distance practicum each fall/spring for up to 21 graduate students who provide direct services to school-aged individuals (up to 22 years old) with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or characteristics of such. You will need your own placement in Texas in which you are providing services to individuals with ASD who require ABA services and engage in ABA activities for at least 10 hours per week (combined direct and indirect services).

To complete the course, you will need:

  • Access to a client with autism or characteristics of autism between the ages of 0-22 (ages served by schools)
  • Ability to meet with your supervisor in a group session (via distance) for 1 hour per week and in an individual session (via distance) for 1 hour per week
  • Consent from the client’s parent(s) to be recorded and observed remotely by your supervisor
  • Ability to complete 10-30 hours of practicum per week (no more than 50% of these hours can be in direct service)
  • Consent from your field placement administrator
  • Acess to a computer and high-speed internet
  • Headset or speakers and microphone
  • A web camera
  • A way to video record and upload your work
  • A commitment to complete the course and enhance your skills

Contact Information

For questions regarding the distance practicum course, please email April Haas at Haas2010@tamu.edu. You can also find out more information and stay current with the latest updates regarding registration by liking our Facebook page: @TAMUOnlineABAPracticum.

* Distance practicum opportunity is provided thanks to a generous grant to the Center on Disability and Development from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Division of Academic Quality and Workforce, Autism Grant Program – Teacher/Paraprofessional Training (Award #17185). PD: Jennifer Ganz. Co-author: Kristi Morin. Project Coordinator: April Haas


Pass rate data for the BCBA exam may be found on the BACB website