BCBA?

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    I am thinking of pursuing this. Is it worthwhile? I love working with kids with autism. I see myself as an autism specialist or BCBA working privately.

    I just want to know what you think of getting your BCBA.

    Stephanie
     
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    I have seen a healthy demand for it and it definitely has more growth potential than some other letters. Whether it's worthwhile I guess depends how much time and energy you have available to put in. I considered it very briefly, when I saw that the requirements are pretty demanding I realized I don't have room for it at this stage of my life, but if I didn't have so many personal/family commitments I would totally go for it.
     
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    I know what you mean about having time for it. I just got my clear credential. I want to obtain it to have knowledge to assist my son since he requires ABA to make progress.

    I want to move from the classroom to an autism specialist. I feel that this will open doors for career growth and for me to grow as a parent. I hope it will open doors so that once and for all I close this 150 miles daily commute. I need to be there for my son more as a single parent.

    I am excited and worried if I can do it. I need to try it.
     
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    You can help your son without a BCBA, but you can't get a well-paying job as a supervisor in an ABA program without it. At least here in NY, most of the ABA programs will hire any certified teacher with some relevant training and experience to work with ABA students, but that's limited whereas the BCBA's will be setting up the programs, supervising the regular teachers, doing evaluations, and getting paid twice as much without spending half as much time on the floor with toddlers (not like it's a bad thing to get on the floor with toddlers, just saying you have more options)

    I'd say the main reason I'm not doing it is because my income is very necessary at this point and since I have a family to care for I don't want to (or actually probably "can't") spend my non-working hours pursuing more education. For now I'll have to stick with growth opportunities within my current licensing. I wonder if a couple of courses per summer for the next several years could get me anywhere...
     
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    Penn State has a great online BCBA program. It's $$$ but I've heard great things. Can be done from home anywhere in the US! I know you do have a summer long institute at Penn State at the completion of it.

    I wouldn't recommend it unless you're CURRENTLY working in an autism classroom or setting that you can get your BCBA supervision hours (1500 or something for a school year).
     
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    That is why I was thinking of doing it. I am the SH autism teacher for my high school. I was thinking my classroom setting would be a perfect place to get the hours.

    Have you heard of the Florida Institute of Tech for their program. It is relatively cheap though. The test has a 62% percent for passing the first time.
     

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