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The Department OF Educational Psychology

The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) is home to a variety of interrelated disciplines and degree options focused on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts. Our undergraduate programs prepare students to work with children and youth in a variety of community and school contexts. We also offer a range of professional master’s degrees geared towards professionals in schools, communities, and the corporate world. For those interested in doctoral studies we offer Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

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Educational Psychology Programs



EPSY offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies and University Studies, with one of three focuses.


Graduate Programs

The department of Educational Psychology offers a range of professional graduate degree programs.



EPSY offers a wide variety of online programs and courses to many the diverse needs our students.



Undergraduate students have the opportunity to complete certificate programs while completing their degree requirements.


“I came to the conclusion that being a special educator is less about whom you teach and more about what you teach.”

– Stephanie Haetchen ’12
Special Education Programs


Educational Psychology

Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

Admission Deadlines: FEBRUARY 15 (SUMMER ADMISSION)

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



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


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


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



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.


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


Current Texas A&M students, please complete the following interest application to apply.

Current Student Interest Application


  1. Click on the button below to complete the interest application.
  2. Click the button below to go to Apply Texas and apply as a non-degree seeking student. Choose the following on the application:
    • Texas A&M for the school
    • Educational Psychology (EPSY) for the department
    • NDS for non-degree seeking Master’s

Non-Student Interest Application    Apply Texas Application


For questions regarding the distance practicum course, please email Sally Kallina at 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

Course Requirements

RDNG 674 Developmental Reading in the Elementary School. This course surveys the current basics in the teaching of reading in the elementary school. It should be taken prerequisite to the remaining courses.

RDNG 604 Reading Diagnosis. This course deals with diagnosing the reading problem of a child using formal and informal assessment procedures. It must be taken prerequisite to or concurrent with RDNG 642 below.

RDNG 642 Clinic Teaching in Reading. This course deals with remediating the reading problem of the same child assessed in RDNG 604.

RDNG 604 and RDNG 642 offer a sustained experience in dealing with the reading problems of a child.

RDNG 616 Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs. This course deals with administering the school or district reading program and providing in-service work for teachers of reading.


Program Details

Degree: Graduate Certificate
Program Delivery: Cohort-Model, Online
Credit Hours: 18



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