Autism and Behavioural Science - 164

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
One year or less
Enter a field where you can help individuals with autism improve language and social skills with treatment and care

Mohawk's Autism and Behavioural Science program has the highest overall student satisfaction of any comparable program in Ontario.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition that can affect the social, communicative and play behaviour in young children. The condition affects approximately one in 250 children in Canada. Without treatment, children with autism may not learn to speak, interact, or function in their community. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is used to teach children with autism to develop new skills, such as language or social play, through repeated practice, intensive teaching (Intensive Behavioural Intervention or IBI), and positive reinforcement.

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

For questions related to admissions or your application, please Contact Admissions.

Program Highlights

  • 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

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)


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    Minimum requirements for admission to the Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate program

    • Minimum two-year College diploma or University degree
    • Preference given to applicants with Human Services and Health Sciences Diplomas and Degrees
    • Attendance at program orientations is strongly recommended
    • Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment
    • iPads are required to be used in this program
    • Access to a vehicle is required to travel to and from placements, and often throughout the day to travel to client's homes. Also - most placements are outside of Hamilton, and all students will have to travel for at least one placement
    • Communicable disease screening and a police check are required to begin placement
    • Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted to Ontario Colleges
    • Fluency requirements must be met for applicants where English is their second language.

    Note: this is a Competitive Program

    Apply by February 1st.

    Read more about Competitive Programs.

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    Career Opportunities

    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

    Course Overview & Descriptions

    For students stating Fall 2016. Click on the course title for a course description.

    Note: the semester start dates for this program can be found on the exceptions calendars. Click here to view the Fall and Winter semester exceptions calendars.

    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.

    Additional Information

    Field Placement

    • Students will complete two field placements in community settings, such as hospitals, clinics, classrooms or residential settings, to obtain real work experience throughout Ontario
    • Field placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending field placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to field placements within or outside the Hamilton region
    • Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the criminal code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter field placement
    • Students may be required to complete various Immunizations and Disease Screening Protocols required by some field placement agencies

    Become an Agency

    If you would like to become an Agency that takes students on placement from Mohawk College's Human Services programs, please visit the Human Services Placement page.

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    “The Autism and Behavioural Science program is a miracle in my mind. I came across this program by chance... The program has given me a better opportunity, not only to understand autism, but other developmental disorders as well. With the ever increasing attention being placed on autism, knowing that I can help just one child accomplish one goal, is the reason I am here.”