Texas Tech University

Applied Behavior Analysis - M.Ed.

Program Overview

ABA Verified Course Sequence logoThe M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is unique in that it provides students the opportunity to advance their skills through an online learning program from anywhere in the world. The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Students who complete the program will be provided multiple opportunities to develop high level skills in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Program Handbook

(All ABA students should review and follow the ABA Program Handbook for their coursework and other requirements)

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Career Opportunities with this Degree

Behavior analysts often work as consultants to individuals, to schools, or to agencies such as child welfare organizations and residential treatment programs where their goal is to enhance abilities, performance, and overall quality of life of the children or adults who receive their services. Behavior Analysts often specialize in working with specific populations of individuals such as autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, traumatic head injuries, mental health issues, early childhood populations, geriatric populations, etc.

Application Materials

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School application. Information on submitting official transcripts will be provided to you by the Graduate School. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

  • Due to ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School has temporarily changed its admission requirements regarding test scores. The GRE may optionally be submitted by applicants for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years, through the Summer 2024 application cycle. International applicants may use certain alternate exams in place of the TOEFL. Please visit the Graduate Admissions COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

Resume, Applicant Statement, 2 Professional Recommendations

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admissions – August 1
  • Spring – December 1

Semester in which the program can be started

Fall and Spring semesters only

Estimated Hours to Completion

36 credit hours for master's

Allowable Transfer Hours

6 credit hours maximum for master's degree. No ABA coursework may be transferred or substituted. All transfer hours are at advisor's discretion.

Financial Aid

TTU Graduate School and COE scholarships, research assistantships, student loans (loans not available for cert only students)

Grant-Funded ABA Program

Dr. Jennifer Hamrick of the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research was recently awarded grant funding from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to provide free professional development opportunities for Texas public educators who work with students with autism. A part of this program offers the necessary fieldwork experience required to seek board certification as a behavior analyst. Texas public educators who have a desire to continue their education in applied behavior analysis with applications in the classroom setting are eligible to participate. Participants will be provided the opportunity to utilize work time in their district, school or classroom to earn the required 2,000 hours of fieldwork experience with remote supervision from highly qualified staff and faculty at Texas Tech University.

Our BCBA Supervision curriculum for fieldwork experience is designed to address all areas of the BACB 5th edition task list while ensuring accurate application of principles in a public-school setting.

This grant-funded project will begin Fall 2020 and continue through the Spring Semester of 2022.

For further information, or to see if you will qualify for grant-funded supervision, please complete the BCBA Supervision Interest Form. Space is extremely limited, and participants must meet the inclusion criteria for the project in order to be considered. Filling out the interest form or application does not guarantee admittance into the supervised fieldwork experience program. If you have further questions, please email: jennifer.hamrick@ttu.edu

Tuition & Fees

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L.J. Gould, Ed.D.Admissions CoordinatorOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentspecialeducationinquiries.educ@ttu.edu806-834-4224

Program Faculty

BACB Links

Behavior Analyst Certification Board

BCBA Pass Rates for Verified Course Sequences