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Special Education Graduate Program in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis

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The Special Education Program at Texas State University-San Marcos offers a master of education degree in special education with a concentration in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Autism, a low-incidence disability on the rise, requires teachers and other school personnel who are competent in comprehensive and specialized behavior support and instructional approaches. This graduate program prepares highly trained individuals to educate children and youth with autism in school settings, homes, and communities. Graduates become teachers, specialists, or consultants in public or private schools and agencies, or in-home trainers.


This program is unique, combining the dual fields of special education and applied behavior analysis. Graduates with advanced knowledge in both of these fields are highly valued by schools, agencies and families. With some additional training, the course work could lead to Texas teacher certification in special education. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), Inc. has approved this concentration as meeting the requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination. Applicants must meet additional requirements to qualify. We are also proud to announce that The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc ® has approved the following practicum course (SPED 5391) toward the experience requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst ® Examination. Applicants may need to meet additional requirements to qualify. BCBA supervision hours are available in the Texas State CARES clinic. BCBA supervision hours are available to interested students through an Intensive Practicum. For more information, contact Dr. Amanda Boutot.

 

Individuals who may benefit from this graduate program include teachers, future teachers, ABA therapists, or others in the field of autism who:

  • wish to become more proficient in evidence-based strategies used to educate individuals with autism;
     
  • wish to earn a master of education in special education with a concentration;
     
  • wish to become a certified special education teacher; and/or
     
  • wish to become board certified behavior analysts.
     

 

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Students complete a Masters of Special Education with a Concentration in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. Students who are seeking special education teacher certification may take additional coursework to meet those requirements. Finally, students who currently hold a masters degree and wish to take only those courses required for the BACB may apply as a non-degree seeking student. Please note that there may be additional requirements by the BACB to apply for the exam.

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Autism ABA Brochure (PDF, 181 KB)