Individuals who might be interested in this program include those who are already teachers or want to become teachers and wish to become more proficient in evidence-based strategies used to treat autism; those who are private ABA therapists or others in the field of autism seeking teacher certification or who wish to earn an advanced degree in their field; and individuals who wish to become board certified behavior analysts.
The program culminates in a master’s degree in special education with a concentration in autism and ABA, a Texas teacher certificate in special education (if desired), and/or a Texas State University Certificate in Autism. Furthermore, The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved our course sequence as meeting the requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants would need to meet additional requirements to qualify for this examination.
The Texas State Certificate in Autism signifies successful completion of the eight autism/ABA courses. Students must apply for the certificate when applying for admission to Texas State through the Graduate College.
In addition to 36 hours required for the master’s degree, students seeking initial special education teacher certification will need to complete five special and general education pedagogy courses that include student teaching or an approved internship. You will also need to apply for a special education teacher certification plan.
No. 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 agencies, or in-home trainers.