When I began my time as a graduate student at Endicott, I had only been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for a little over one year. I knew that I enjoyed working with students with Autism, but I did not have a strong background in ABA or severe special needs. Through being a part of Endicott’s Master of Education in Special Needs and Applied Behavior Analysis program, I developed a true passion for ABA, and ultimately decided that I wanted to spend my career in the field.
I enjoyed my experience as a graduate student within the Endicott program. The professors of the BCBA classes did an excellent job teaching me all facets of ABA and preparing me to take the exam. In fact, I found their quizzes and tests to be tougher than what was ultimately given to me as part of the BCBA exam. Additionally, the special education classes taught me everything I needed to know about teaching students with severe special needs. I learned a great deal about the IEP process and assessments, as well as how to develop lesson plans that could effectively meet the needs of all students.
After graduating from Endicott and passing the BCBA exam, I took a job as a Behavior Specialist at an elementary school in Marlborough, MA. In this position, I am responsible for supervising a staff within the school’s ABA program, writing behavior support plans, creating acquisition programs, and developing social and behavioral IEP objectives for my students. I feel that I would not have been able to take on such a challenge without having participated in such an excellent graduate school program.