Autism and Behavioural Science - 164

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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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

Note: 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.

Applicants without the minimum educational requirements will not be considered

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

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.


Please send registration to:

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

Fax: 905-575-2348

Download Registration form (opens PDF, 159kb).

Program Contact
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To be considered for acceptance, candidate must complete the online application and submit it by August 1st (Fall intake), December 1st (Winter intake) or April 1st (Spring intake)

Applicants to the program must have minimum a 2 year Ontario community college diploma or a university degree form a recognized institution. A copy of your educational qualifications must be submitted prior to admission into the program.

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

Students who are currently in progress should contact us regarding a strategy for completion.

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

Field Placements

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

Learning Outcomes

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

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges 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.