Autism and Behavioural Science - 164

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Person working with a young child
Program Length: Approximately 2 years
Cost: Approximately $100-$500 per course + textbooks
Intakes: Fall (September), Winter (January), Spring (May)
Application Process: Application must be submitted online. You must also submit your official College or University transcript. Please refer to the Admission & Registration tab.

Enter a field where you learn how behaviour analysis can be used to teach socially significant skills to improve quality of life for individuals with Autism and their families.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neuro-developmental disorder that affects 1 in 66 individuals in Canada. ASD can affect an individuals' ability to communicate, and socially interact. Individuals with ASD will often engage in repetitive/restricted behaviours. ASD is a spectrum, therefore the degree to which an individual experiences these challenges will vary.

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

  • Apply evidence-based treatments and how they are used to teach individuals 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 individuals with Autism

Potential applicants and in-progress students need to be aware that most agencies working with our placement students are requiring placement students to be fully vaccinated by Health Canada approved vaccines. Please consider your vaccine status when considering this program as it may have a significant impact on your ability to participate in clinical/field placement.

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Domestic and International student admission requirements:

  • Minimum two-year College diploma or University degree
    • Preference is given to applicants with Human Services, Psychology and Health Sciences Diplomas and Degrees
  • Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment.
  • Access to a vehicle is required to travel to and from placements, and often throughout the day to travel to client's homes.
  • Communicable disease screening and a police check are required to begin placement.
  • Fluency requirements must be met for applicants where English is their second language.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • Successful completion of GAS-EAP (478) Program Level 8 with 90%, or
  • TOEFL minimum score of 560 (83 Internet based), or
  • or IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0, or

More information about acceptable certificates, can be found on International Students - Understand Admission Requirements.

Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing.

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Mandatory Courses

Course Number Course Name Course Description
EDUC10030 Specialized Instructional Strategies

Examine common evidence-based behavioural approaches for teaching new skills in language, academics, daily living, play, and social skills to individuals with autism. Consider terminology, technique and rationale for the various approaches. 60 hours. 

EDUC10031 Transition Planning and Implementation

Learn to plan and mediate transitions for children with ASD. Examine models for effective transition planning, assessment and evaluation, differing perspectives on transitions within and across environments, developing collaborative relationships with parents and professionals, understanding transition practices and relevant legislation. 30 hours.

EDUC10034 Ethics and Professionalism

Examine the foundations of ethical thinking and decision-making within a behavioural framework. Consider professional codes of ethics and other practice standards for behavioural analysts and critically evaluate your own professional development needs. 30 hours.

HSCI10041 Autism - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Examine the core features and diagnostic criteria for the five major ASD syndromes including Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS. Develop an introductory understanding of neurodevelopment and behaviour of children with ASD. 45 hours.

HSCI10042 Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis

Examine the principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA), the basis for Intensive Behavioural Interventions (IBI). Learn basic terminology, when and how to use these techniques and how to access and interpret journal publications in the field of autism and applied behaviour analysis. 60 hours.

WORK10151 Autism Behavioural Science Seminar 1 Seminar 1 is interdependent with Field Placement (WORK 10596). Students will apply their classroom knowledge in the field, in all first term subject areas. 12 hours.
WORK10152 Field Placement Preparation

Prepare and meet the requirements for upcoming field placements. 30 hours.

Students must take EDUC10120 (ABS Field Preparation) and CONFMHN08 (Non-violent Crisis Intervention) or CONFEH108 (Non-violent Crisis Intervention-Recertification) to be equivalent to WORK10152 (Field Placement Preparation).

WORK10596 Field Placement

Develop technical skills by applying the knowledge gained in prerequisite courses. 126 hours. You MUST register for both WORK10596 and WORK10151. 

EDUC10028 Behavioural Skill Building This course presents a comprehensive review of procedures for choosing and organizing curriculum for students with autism of various ages. A review of basic behaviour principles and teaching strategies will be discussed. Emphases will be placed on curriculum development such as the utilization of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS). Curriculum development will be discussed with an emphasis on speech and language, social and play skills, personal care skills and inclusion into less restrictive environments. Prerequisites: HSCI10042, EDUC10034 and EDUC10030. 60 hours.
EDUC10029 Parent and Staff Training

Develop techniques for training others to implement behaviour change plans (technology transfer). Topics include presentation formats, procedural integrity, performance feedback, evaluation, and challenges associated with mediator training. Prerequisites: HSCI10042, EDUC10034 and EDUC10030. 30 hours.

HMNS10006 Treating Challenging Behaviour

Explore various procedures for assessing and treating challenging behaviours by individuals with autism / Autism Spectrum Disorder. Recognized techniques and ethical considerations are emphasized. Prerequisites: HSCI10042, EDUC10034, and EDUC10030. 45 hours.

HSCI10233 Applied Behaviour Analysis 2 Building on the knowledge gained in Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). This course further explores the principles of ABA and how they can be applied to clinical practice. Prerequisites: HSCI10042, EDUC10034, and EDUC10030. 44 hours.
WORK10020 Field Placement 2

Further develop your technical skills and knowledge gained in Field Placement 1. All required theory courses must be completed before you will be approved to register in Field Placement 2 and Seminar 2. 196 hours. You MUST register for WORK10020 and WORK10145. 

WORK10145 Autism and Behavioural Science Field Seminar 2

Apply your classroom knowledge in all first and second term subject areas in the field. Refer to program website for further mandatory requirements. 32 hours. You MUST register for WORK10145 and WORK10020. 

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.

Course Code Course Name Winter 2022
(Jan to Apr)
Spring 2022
(May to Aug)
Fall 2022
(Sep to Dec)
EDUC10030 Specialized Instructional Strategies MyCanvas   MyCanvas
EDUC10031 Transition Planning and Implementation MyCanvas   MyCanvas
EDUC10034 Ethics and Professionalism   MyCanvas  
HSCI10041 Autism - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
HSCI10042 Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis MyCanvas   MyCanvas
WORK10151 Autism and Behavioural Science Seminar 1   MyCanvas MyCanvas
EDUC10120 ABS Field Preparation MyCanvas    
CONFMHN08 Non-violent Crisis Intervention Classroom Classroom Classroom
CONFEH108 Non-violent Crisis Intervention - Recertification Classroom Classroom Classroom
WORK10596 Field Placement   FieldWork FieldWork
EDUC10028 Behavioural Skill Building   MyCanvas  
EDUC10029 Parent and Staff Training MyCanvas   MyCanvas
HMNS10006 Treating Challenging Behaviour MyCanvas   MyCanvas
HSCI10223 Applied Behaviour Analysis 2   MyCanvas  
WORK10145 Autism and Behavioural Science Field Seminar 2   MyCanvas MyCanvas
WORK10020 Field Placement 2   FieldWork FieldWork
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Field Placements:

Graduates of the Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program in Autism and Behavioural Science (ABS) will be prepared to take on positions implementing and contributing to the development of behavioural programming while working within a team with the direct supervision of a behaviour analyst and/or psychologist.

Graduates will have a firm grounding in Applied Behaviour Analytic (ABA) practices and their application in intensive (IBI) and non-intensive (ABA) settings. Most of their preparation and training emphasizes treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other exceptionalities.

Students apply their knowledge in two field placements. These placements are possibly the most important part of student learning and they are developed in collaboration between Mohawk College ABS faculty and staff and exceptional community agencies. Placements occur in clinical, educational and residential settings with children, adolescents and adults who have a diagnosis of ASD, or where staff are practicing behavioural approaches to teaching skills and treating challenging behaviour.

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.

Pre-Placement Requirements

Access to Transportation

  • Field placements 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.
  • Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to field placements within or outside the Hamilton region

Police Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening

  • All students are required to have a Police Reference Check completed by the Police Service in their home community.
  • The cost of this check is the responsibility of the student.
  • The field placement agency is responsible for verifying that the police clearance is valid.
  • Registered students who have been convicted of an offense under the Criminal Code of Conduct for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity for placement at the discretion of the agency.

Health Requirements

  • In the interest of students, agencies and agency clients, all students are required to receive (or show evidence of) all routine vaccinations and to complete a 2-step Tuberculin (TB) skin test.
  • Vaccinations include: a) Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), b) Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap), c) Varicella (Chicken Pox), and d) Hepatitis B.
  • Placement agencies have reserved the right to refuse access to students who do not meet their immunization requirements.

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)

  • Prior to attending field placement, all students must have completed the NVCI certificate course.

Field Placement 1

Field Placement 1 (WORK10596) is 126 hours in length. You must register in ABS Seminar 1 (WORK10151) at the same time as Field Placement 1 (WORK 10596), and you must pass both the seminar and field placement in order to receive credits in both components.

Field Placement 2

Field Placement 2 (WORK10020) is 196 hours in length. You must register in Autism and Behavioural Sciences Field Seminar 2 (WORK10145) at the same time as Field Placement 2 (WORK 10020), and you must pass both the seminar and field placement in order to receive credits in both components.

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.

Academic Opportunities

Pathways and Credit Transfer

View the pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices.

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

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