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Shelley Kitchen
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Phone: 905-575-2706
Email: Shelley
In Person: J113 - Fennell Campus

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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 send a copy of your educational qualifications to Continuing Education, Room J113, Fennell Campus or mail it to:

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.

Click here to apply.

How to Register

Please send registration to:

The Square
Mohawk College
135 Fennell Avenue, West
Hamilton, ON L8N 3T2

Fax: 905-575-2348

Registration 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

Please contact Shelley Kitchen at 905-575-2706 or by email. 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 I (WORK10596) 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 be register in Autism Behavioural Sciences Field Seminar 1 (WORK10144) at the same time and you must pass both the seminar and field placement in order to receive credits in both components.

Field Placement 2 (WORK10020) is approximately 196 hours in length and can only be taken after all theory courses are completed including the Field Placement and Field Placement I Seminar. A successful police check (Vulnerable Screening) is also required. You must also be registered in Autism Behavioural Sciences Field Seminar 2 (WORK10145) at the same time and you must pas both the seminar and field placement in order to receive credits in both components.

Field Placements are organized by the Field Placement Coordinator in partnership with the student and the placement agency. Students are not permitted to approve their own placement without confirmation from the Field Placement Coordinator.

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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