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Hillcrest Educational Centers Offers Two New Graduate Programs in Partnership with Endicott College in January 2016

Hillcrest Educational Centers
788 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Hillcrest Educational Centers Offers Two New Graduate Programs in Partenership with Endicott College in January 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. November 4, 2015—Hillcrest Educational Centers is partnering with Endicott College for the second year in a row to offer two new local graduate programs at the Hillcrest Administrative Offices on 788 South Street in Pittsfield, MA starting in January 2016.

The two programs are: (1) a Master’s in Education specializing in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) M.Ed. and (2) Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certificate program. The M.Ed. program informs students about state-of-the-art special education strategies particular to individuals with the diagnosis of Autism, to increase student success and teacher effectiveness. To meet the challenge of treating the complex behavioral, learning and social aspects of autism, students receive dual training in both autism spectrum disorders and applied behavior analysis.

Students who complete the 39-credit M.Ed. in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis program will earn their Master’s Degree in Education and also will have met the educational requirements to sit for the examination to be certified as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), which is the internationally recognized certification offered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Along with the educational requirements, there is a supervised practicum requirement to complete as well.

Individuals who already possess a master’s degree in Education and/or Psychology can apply for the BCBA Certification program to become Board Certified as a BCBA. This 18-credit BCBA sequence involves 6 graduate courses in ABA and a comprehensive examination course.

Hillcrest is excited to be partnering with Endicott College’s Institute for Behavioral Studies for this endeavor. The Institute for Behavioral Studies was established in 2007 to afford students the opportunity to focus on academic curricula related to the study of the Applied Behavior Analysis. Applied Behavior Analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991).

About Hillcrest Educational Foundation, Inc.:

A top area employer, Hillcrest Educational Foundation is a local, private not-for-profit parent company of three subsidiaries and one affiliate agency. They include:

  • Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. providing therapeutic treatment and special education to children and adolescents with unique psychological and learning needs in Berkshire County, Massachusetts and the Northeast. Their campuses include a day student academy, and autism program, and three residential schools.
  • Hillcrest Community Support Services offers a broad range of psychological services, counseling and evaluations for individuals, families and schools in Berkshire County through Hillcrest Community Support Services.
  • Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. is a complete general family dentistry practice and the largest provider in Western Massachusetts of oral healthcare services to MassHealth recipients and special needs patients. Hillcrest Dental Care has two locations; one in Pittsfield, MA and one in North Adams, MA
  • Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center, Inc., an affiliate of Hillcrest, is a fully accredited Children’s Advocacy Center for child abuse victims and their non-offending family members located at 63 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.

Hillcrest’s Administrative Offices are located at 788 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. More information is available at or by contacting Katrina Cardillo, or (413) 499-7924 x114. Hillcrest can also be found on Facebook.

About Endicott College

Located in Beverly, Massachusetts on 235 acres of oceanfront property, Endicott College offers doctorate, Master’s and bachelor degree programs in the professional and liberal arts. Founded in 1939, Endicott provides an education built upon a combination of theory and practice, which is tested through internships and work experience. Studying at the Beverly campus, regionally, and internationally are approximately 2,500 undergraduate and more than 2,700 adult and graduate students. For more information, visit


Media Contact:
Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.
Katrina Cardillo
Director of Communications
413-499-7924 ext. 114

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