Graduate Program

Hillcrest’s Graduate Program

Hillcrest Educational Centers and Endicott College have partnered together once again to offer a Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The courses are held at the Hillcrest administrative offices in Pittsfield, MA.

Hillcrest will be starting their second course in February with 10 students. The classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 5 pm – 8 pm.

Endicott College offers a Master’s Degree in Autism and ABA and an autism certificate for students who wish to specialize in meeting the complex needs of this Van Loan Schoolpopulation. Autism is a complex disorder, with behavioral, learning, and social characteristics that require comprehensive and coordinated intervention. Furthermore, autism is a spectrum disorder, and is manifested quite differently in different learners. Understanding the disorder is not achieved with exposure to one or a few children with this diagnosis, or with a few lectures on it. It is a many-layered disability that requires in-depth training.

The Master’s Degree is a 39-credit program that emphasizes the dual skill set of an in-depth understanding of autism spectrum disorders and a broad understanding of the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis. Six courses in ABA are offered. Graduates of the program will have fulfilled the educational requirements to sit for the national examination administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Seven courses in autism are also included, enabling the student to attain a deep and broad understanding of how autism spectrum disorders are manifested. Graduates of this program will be uniquely qualified to apply the most effective interventions to this challenging population.

The certificate program is designed for students who seek the in-depth autism training, but who already possess a master’s degree and are already a BCBA. Often, prior graduate training has not provided in-depth exposure to state of the art information about the nature, diagnosis, definition, or treatment of autism. Students who plan to specialize in educating persons with autism may want to pursue this certificate to obtain the specialized training and to develop this unique skill set.

Both of the programs are hybrid online and F2F formats, with most of the instruction delivered online.


Contact :
Cheryl Richards
Director of Workforce Development
Phone: (413) 499-7924 ext. 118


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