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Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

Start Date: Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016
School: Community Studies
Program Number: 164
Campus: Fennell
Delivery: Online
Accreditation: Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

Students in Mohawk's Autism and Behavioural Science program will:

  • Understand evidence-based treatments and how they are used to teach children with autism
  • Design, implement and evaluate behavioural strategies
  • Comprehend and respond to needs of family members
  • Train caregivers to implement educational techniques with their children
  • Develop an understanding of the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), in the intensive behaviour intervention application with children with autism
  • Develop a high degree of initiative with a high level of verbal and written communication skills


Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as 'Program Standards", set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before deemed ready to graduate

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, College and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

This program is also available through full-time studies.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this certificate you must have, as a minimum, an 2 year Ontario community college diploma or a university degree from a recognized institution.

Prior approval for this program is necessary. Please drop off a copy of your educational qualifications to Continuing Education, Room J113, Fennell Campus or mail it to:

Shelley Kitchen
Distance Education, Room J113
Mohawk College, P.O. Box 2034
Hamilton ON L8N 3T2 Canada


Please include a resume with your name, address, phone number and email address and indicate you are interested in the Autism & Behavioural Sciences Graduate Certificate program.

Note: Applicants without the minimum educational requirements will not be considered

Note: Students will be required to complete various Immunizations and Disease Screening protocol required by some field placement agencies.

How to Register

Please send registration to:

Shelley Kitchen
OntarioLearn Coordinator/Distance Education Developer
Mohawk College
135 Fennell Avenue, West
Hamilton, ON L8N 3T2

Fax: 905-575-2348

You may send this information any time after registration starts, March 24, 2015 for the spring semester. Registrations forms can be accessed at

Program of Studies

Students who are currently in progress should contact the Program Manager regarding a strategy for completion.

The certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete the Program of Study as listed for dayschool.


The Non-Violent Crisis Intervention course (CONFMHN08) is offered every semester. Please check the Continuing Education website at for dates and times.

Field Placements

When you are ready to register in the field placement(s), please send your registration form to Shelley Kitchen at 905-575-2348 for approval.

Field Placements are only offered in the Spring semesters. If you have completed all theory courses, you may complete both field placements sequentially.

How do field placements work?

There are two field placements required for the Autism and Behavioural Sciences Post-Graduate certificate.

Field Placement 1 ( WORK10019)can be taken only after Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CONF10004 or equivalent), Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (HSCI10041), Introduction to Behavioural Analysis (HSCI10042), Specialized Instructional Strategies (EDUC10030),Ethics and Professionalism (EDUC10034)and Working with Families and Teams (HMNS10005)have been completed. You must also have completed a police check (vulnerable sector). Field Placement 1 is 140 hours in length. Your NVCI accreditation must be current.

Field Placement 2 (WORK10020)is 210 hours in length and can only be taken after all theory courses are completed. You must also have completed Field Placement 1 or be taking it at the same time.A successful police check (vulnerable sector)is also required. Field placements are organized by the Field Placement coordinator in cooperation with the student.

Career Outcomes

The Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate program can lead to exciting career opportunities!

Industries of Employment:

  • Community Treatment Agencies
  • Hospital/Clinical Settings
  • Private Agencies or Independent Contractors
  • Family Homes
  • School Boards

Occupational Categories:

  • Instructor Therapists
  • Behaviour Therapists
  • ABA Therapists

Program Manager/Contacts

Reach Shelley Kitchen by phone at 905-575-2706 or send her an email.


For more information on the program, click here

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