Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

Texas Tech University's College of Education offers an online Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate that is designed to meet the BCBA® programmatic requirements. The coursework is available as a stand-alone certificate or as an area of emphasis with an online Master of Education in Special Education.

Program Overview for Students beginning Summer 2013 or Later

{Beginning Summer 2013, the ABA Graduate Certificate will require completion of 6 courses (18 credit hours).}

  • 18 credit hours
  • Coursework completed online
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree
  • Completion time is approximately one year. Students must complete EDSP 5303 before taking additional courses in the sequence. No more than two courses in the sequence may be taken simultaneously.
  • Once admitted, students will be assigned a cohort for completing the course sequence.
Related degrees:
Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis
Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies – Teacher Education

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment.

  1. Complete the ApplyTexas application.
    • When asked to select your major, you will choose Graduate Certificate Program.
    • When asked to indicate your major area of interest/specialty, type Applied Behavior Analysis.
    • When asked what degree you will seek, choose Certification.
    • In the Custom Questions section of the application, be sure to choose APBA - Applied Behavior Analysis from the list of available Graduate Certificate programs.
  2. Complete additional admissions requirements as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
    • Students who plan to pursue only the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate and do not plan to earn a master's degree do not need to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the University.
    • Applicants must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School.
  3. Check the Applications tab in your Raiderlink for notification of a change in your admissions status.
    • Upon your acceptance into the Graduate School and the College of Education, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. If you receive a letter of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, 806.742.1998, ext. 436, for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.

Interested in taking only one or two courses? Use Texas Tech University's Graduate Temporary Status to apply and take as many as 12 credit hours without completing the application process to a degree program.

Program Requirements

Certificate programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master's program. All coursework is offered online.

Required Courses (18 credit hours)
EDSP 5303 ABA I: Applied Behavior Analysis
EDSP 5345 ABA II: Single Subject Design
EDSP 5346 ABA III: Functional Behavior Assessment
EDSP 5347 ABA IV: Behavior Change Procedures
EDSP 5348 ABA V: Advanced Issues in ABA
EDSP 5349 ABA VI: Ethics and Professional Conduct

EDSP 5303 and 5345 are prerequisites for EDSP 5346. EDSP 5347 and 5348 are taken concurrently, after EDSP 5303, 5345 and 5346 are successfully completed.

For a Master of Education in Special Education, emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, 18 additional credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive evaluation or thesis will be required.

Completion of the national Board Certified Behavior Analysis Credential (BCBA®) involves completion of additional requirements (i.e., acceptable master's degree, 1500 hours of supervised experience, successful completion of a boast examination). Visit for more information. TTU does not provide supervised experience for the BCBA requirements.

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  • Name: April Chavez
  • Phone: 806.834.5629