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Texas State University ABA Degree Program

Texas State University is also featured in our ranking of the Top 25 Best Applied Behavior Analysis Programs.

The Master of Education with a concentration in Special Education at Texas State has a focus area for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. The program provides students with an understanding of how to support and instruct individuals who are on the autism spectrum. It is for those who wish to develop the ability to teach in schools, homes and agencies using evidence-based strategies that have proven results with individuals with autism.

The program is 36-credit hours with 8 classes dealing with autism while the remaining courses provide instruction in special education and related cognate. There are five additional courses that must be completed for those who wish to become certified as a special education teacher. They will also need to complete a teaching practicum. The program qualifies graduates to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination.

About Texas State University

The Texas legislature created the Southwest Texas Normal School in 1899 with the goal to prepare teachers while also providing advanced study in agriculture. Students began teaching at the San Marcos Board of Education schools in 1912 as part of their education at the Normal School, a precursor to student teaching requirements now common for education programs.

Programs expanded over the years and, in 1923, the name of the school was changed to Southwest Texas State Teachers College to reflect the expanded curriculum. The name changed again in 1959 to Southwest Texas State College. The school gained university status ten years later. However, in 2003, the student government requested that the state legislature change the name again to Texas State University as they felt the Southwest label was too regional. In 2013, their request was granted.

Today, there are more than 38,000 students enrolled at Texas State University. The only President of the United States to graduate from a Texas university, Lyndon B. Johnson, graduated from Texas State University. The school awards more degrees to Hispanic students than 97 percent of the schools in the country. Programs throughout the school are ranked highly by US News & World Report, Forbes, and The Princeton Review.

Texas State University Accreditation Details

Texas State University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation indicates that the school has the resources to meet its goals and objectives. It also indicates that the school provides programs that meet or exceed criteria created by the Commission that indicates students are well-prepared in their chosen field of study. In addition to regional accreditation, programs throughout Texas State are accredited by the following organizations:

  • AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • ABET
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • American Bar Association
  • American Council for Construction Education
  • American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Commission on Accreditation in Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education
  • Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions
  • Council on Social Work Education Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • Foundry Education Foundation
  • National Academy of Early Childhood Programs
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • National Recreation and Park Association

Texas State University Application Requirements

Freshmen must complete the ApplyTexas application in order to apply to attend Texas State University. Official high school transcripts along with official ACT or SAT scores are also required. An essay is not required but recommended based on topics provided in the application.

Transfer students who have earned up to 29 credits after high school graduation must have a 2.0 GPA in all transferrable credits and meet the same criteria as freshman applicants. They must provide official high school transcripts along with official SAT and ACT scores. Those who have completed 30 credits or more after graduating high school must have a 2.25 GPA in all transferrable courses. All transfer students must provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.

Graduate applicants must complete the ApplyTexas application. They must provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Depending on the program, applicants may have to provide GRE or GMAT scores. In order to apply, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. A current resume, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose are also necessary.

Texas State University Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition for Texas residents is $801.56 per credit hour and $1,216.56 for non-residents. Texas State offers a Guaranteed Tuition rate which is currently $828.89 per credit hour. Graduate tuition is $746.56 for residents and $1,161.56 for non-residents.

Financial aid is available, and students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify. In 2017-18, Texas State University provided $360 million in financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study, and student loans. In order to qualify for scholarships, students must also complete an application through the Bobcat Online Scholarship System.

The Master of Education with a concentration in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis offered through Texas State University is a unique program that provides insight into teaching methods used for people who are on the autism spectrum. The Texas State University program also provides insight into methods used in Applied Behavior Analysis in the education of individuals who need special education services.