Looking for a career as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst?

Posted by Kelly Norris on September 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Are you thinking about a career as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in a public or private school setting or private practice? If so, learn more at our Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder Webinar on October 7 at 4 p.m. (EST)

The Applied Behavior Analysis online program provides the coursework required for individuals interested in sitting for the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) through the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), Inc.*

The seven-course certificate program is designed to meet the coursework eligibility requirements needed for the BCBA certification exam. Our carefully planned course sequence, verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis - International (ABAI), prepares individuals for a career in Applied Behavior Analysis working in a variety of settings, including with children and adults with Autism. For candidates seeking a masters degree, our Guided Studies - Applied Behavior Analysis concentration provides additional coursework, focused on Autism and Special Education, and culminates in both the required coursework to sit for the BCBA exam and a Masters in Education. 


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2,021 Reasons Why 2021 Is YOUR Year To Go Back To School

Posted by Kelly Norris on August 31, 2021 at 11:59 AM

Wow... that's a lot of reasons to finish your degree. On second thought, that may be too many reasons, and is sounding more and more like a book.

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5 People You Should Ask For Graduate School Recommendations

Posted by Kelly Norris on August 12, 2021 at 12:49 PM

You’ve decided to apply for a graduate program at Fitchburg State University. Now it’s time to ask for recommendations, but you’ve been out of school for a while so who do you ask? Here’s a list of people we suggest you start asking:

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Massachusetts IT Ecosystem and Cybersecurity

Posted by Dani Langdon on June 14, 2021 at 1:43 PM

Aside from “cryptocurrency,” the term “cybersecurity” might just be the biggest buzz phrase right now. But unlike crypto (if you haven’t seen the market plunge, yikes), the need for cybersecurity and the entire industry supporting it, is only going to continue rising. In fact, according to Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, it is the “fastest growing tech sector in the world” and will most likely impact many aspects of our day to day lives as well as the world we live in, from here on out. There probably aren’t many people who haven’t heard of Solar Winds or the Colonial Pipeline hack that occurred recently shutting off much of the country’s gasoline supply, all the while taking a major U.S. corporation to its knees in exchange for a hefty ransom (which was paid). These are not one-off actions and we can only expect to see more and more of them, which is why every industry needs folks who know how to recognize and stop an attack in its tracks.  

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So you've what?

Posted by Kimberly McCoy-Blauser on June 9, 2021 at 1:44 PM

Ok you've graduated. Now what do you do? Read our helpful hints to get started on your plan!

Continue learning. Take a continuing education class.

Learning shouldn’t stop just because you’re not in school anymore. I think that we always have something to learn so I'm a big fan of lifelong learning. Find something that really interests you and figure out ways to learn more about it.

You can further your studies by taking a short course which is not necessarily part of what you majored in at college. For example, if you were a history major but want to pursue a different field, like business or computer science, taking classes gives you a foundation to begin looking for entry-level jobs in that field. 

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What's next, graduate school?

Posted by Kimberly McCoy-Blauser on May 19, 2021 at 11:02 AM

You've graduated and you're thinking about continuing your education.  Let us help you navigate the application process and prepare you to succeed at the graduate level.

Ask the Right Questions

Why this graduate program?  Don’t go to grad school just to go to grad school.  Even in career fields that require a graduate degree, it is a necessary, but not a sufficient condition for breaking into that field.  Why graduate school now?  You need to weigh the pros and cons of going straight from your undergraduate to earning your graduate degree or getting some work experience first, and then going back to school. What will be the likely return on this investment?  Weigh the total cost of tuition against the average salary for your anticipated career field.

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Check out our summer course: Communication Ethics

Posted by Kimberly McCoy-Blauser on May 10, 2021 at 7:43 AM

Are you interested in ethics and theoretical approaches to communications within society? The new graduate course in the M.S. Applied Communication program, Communication Ethics, challenges students to consider the ethical and legal implications of real-world issues in the field of communication, and will be offered online through the School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education this summer, 7/12/21 through 8/29/21.

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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Posted by Kelly Norris on May 6, 2021 at 1:07 PM

Have you ever thought about why some individuals and groups are more privileged than others or what you can do to help prevent domestic violence? You are invited to explore these and other related questions in the Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies three credit course being offered online through Graduate and Continuing Education (GCE) during the upcoming Summer Session A, 5/17/21 through 7/04/21.

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Begin your degree in Applied Communication with Social Media Theory

Posted by Kimberly McCoy-Blauser on May 5, 2021 at 10:51 AM

Have you ever thought about the impact of media technologies and media practices on our social values, or how our media habits influence technology? Dr. Kyle Moody’s Social Media Theory course encourages students to explore the relationship between technology and society, among other related issues and theories, which will be offered online through School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education (SGOCE) during Summer Term A, 5/17/21 through 7/04/21.

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Top reasons to register early for summer classes

Posted by Kelly Norris on April 15, 2021 at 9:51 AM

Have you ever heard the saying “the early bird gets the worm?" Well it’s true for course registration too! Students who register for courses early receive the most benefits.

Whether you’re looking to accelerate your degree, take a course for professional development, or take a class prior to applying to a program, it’s important to get an early start. With a busy schedule, including working full time, and children and family responsibilities, students often find that careful planning for all aspects of life is crucial.

That said, we offer our top five reasons to register early for your summer courses:

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