Texas Tech University

Master of Education - Special Education - Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration- Hybrid Program

Program Overview


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The Burkhart Center of Autism Education and Research offers a Master's in Special Education with a concentration in ABA prepares students to use evidence-based practices in classrooms or clinical settings. The unique design of this program allows for students to complete the applied behavior analysis (ABA) courses as part of their degree, along with practicum experience that contributes toward the supervised experience required by the BACB for certification. Our course sequence, approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, emphasizes the use of applied behavior analysis in collaboration with other scientific fields when working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. This coursework, along with five additional courses in working with disabilities, will equip students in dealing with a range of issues and needs of children with intellectual or cognitive disabilities as well as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Burkhart Center is now an Authorized Continuing Education Provider for the BACB

What makes this a hybrid program?

ONLINE DISCUSSIONS: This program is offered online, and as part of the distance program at TTU students are required to attend online, synchronous discussions for the courses. These meetings typically occur bi-weekly and more information will be provided to students about when to meet at the beginning of each course.

SUMMER WORKSHOP: Students in this program are required to attend a three-day workshop during the summer following the fall semester they begin the program. This intensive training workshop is held in Lubbock at the Burkhart Center on the TTU campus, is part of the intensive practicum experience, and focuses on hands-on learning as well as in-person training with your faculty and staff who work with you throughout the program.

PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE: The Burkhart Center for Autism requires students to complete an Intensive Practicum experience as part of their degree plan.

There are two ways students are able to complete the Intensive Practicum experience.

Students who live in Lubbock and are on-campus have the opportunity to complete their Intensive Practicum experience in the Burkhart Center. For more information about potentially working in the center to complete this experience, please contact Melanie Teague.

Students who are distance only and accessing coursework outside of the Lubbock area have the opportunity to complete their Intensive Practicum experience with one of our practicum supervisors.

Our practicum supervisors, who are all Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) are able to provide online support for our graduate students through required weekly check ins via video conference. Practicum supervisors are also able to provide graduate students with an additional two to three on-site visits at the students' school or clinic where they are completing their hours toward certification. Upon completion of the degree plan, this experience allows for graduate students to sit for the BACB certification exam with no further supervision requirements necessary outside of the degree plan.

Please note: This specialization in applied behavior analysis and coursework alone does not lead to any sort of teaching certification or credential upon completion of the degree. Additionally, a teaching certificate or credential is neither required nor necessary to pursuing this degree here at TTU. If you are a student applying to our program and interested in pursuing certification in behavior analysis through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), please see the requirements for certification at www.BACB.com

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The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) has approved the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research - Teacher Training Institute course sequence as meeting all instructional requirements for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.

The practicum experience meets the BACB's supervised experience requirement for BCBA certification. Once students have completed all coursework and graduate, students then meet all the requirements necessary to sit for the BCBA examination. This program also meets degree requirements for licensure standards in most states currently licensing professional behavior analysts.

Program Standards

Program work within The Burkhart Center is developed and guided by a strong conceptual framework, the standards from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), guidelines from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), criteria from the State of Texas, and the sound professional judgment of an experienced and caring faculty.

Career Opportunities With This Degree

Individuals with an M.Ed. degree with Applied Behavior Analysis concentration will be able to work in educational settings or in private agencies that provide educational services to children with autism spectrum disorders and other related disorders.

Application Materials

For additional information to apply to our program, please visit the TTU Graduate School website.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

  • Applicant Statement/Essay on why you want a degree in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Recommendation letter from your immediate supervisor/employer supporting your endeavor and ability to share data and upload video as required during the practicum, understanding you will need access to students with Autism to complete the intensive practicum
  • Recommendation letter from your district administrator (usually a Special Education Director) supporting your endeavor and ability to share data and upload video as required during the practicum, understanding you will need access to students with Autism to complete the intensive practicum
  • Reference letter from a colleague
  • Any teaching certifications and/or designations (BCaBA or RBT) you may hold.

**For additional information about supplemental materials to be submitted to The Burkhart Center, please email: Melanie.Teague@ttu.edu

Semester in which the program can be started

Fall semester only

Estimated Hours to Completion

36 credit hours for master's; 21 hours for graduate certificate only

Allowable Transfer Hours

6 credit hours maximum

Financial Aid

TTU Graduate School and COE scholarships, research assistantships, and student loans are available to students seeking a degree. Student loans are not available for certificate only students. For more information, please visit the TTU Financial Aid website.


May 1st

New applicants should apply for the Fall 2019 semester.

Tuition & Fees

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Melanie Teague, M.Ed.
Program Administrator

Wesley Dotson, PhD, BCBA
Program Coordinator
BACB Verified Course Sequence #4460 - Hybrid

The BACB exam pass-rate data can be found here. Pass-rate data are not published for verified course sequences within their first four years of operation.