Autism and Behavioural Science - 164
|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
OSAP Eligible. Learn about the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
Admission & Registration
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.
- iPads or MacBooks 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.
- 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 the International Admission Requirements
Program of Studies
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 - Community Services and Support.
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|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).
Develop technical skills by applying the knowledge gained in prerequisite courses. 126 hours. You MUST register for both WORK10596 and WORK10144.
|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||Fall 2020
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
(Sep to Dec)
|EDUC10030||Specialized Instructional Strategies||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|EDUC10031||Transition Planning and Implementation||MyCanvas||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|EDUC10034||Ethics and Professionalism||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|HSCI10041||Autism - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)||MyCanvas||MyCanvas||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|HSCI10042||Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis||MyCanvas||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|WORK10151||Autism and Behavioural Science Seminar 1||MyCanvas||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|EDUC10120||ABS Field Preparation||MyCanvas|
|CONFMHN08||Non-violent Crisis Intervention||Classroom||Classroom||Classroom||Classroom|
|CONFEH108||Non-violent Crisis Intervention||Classroom||Classroom||Classroom||Classroom|
|EDUC10028||Behavioural Skill Building||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|EDUC10029||Parent and Staff Training||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|HMNS10006||Treating Challenging Behaviour||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|HSCI10223||Applied Behaviour Analysis 2||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|WORK10145||Autism and Behavioural Science Field Seminar 2||MyCanvas||MyCanvas||MyCanvas|
|WORK10020||Field Placement 2||FieldWork||FieldWork||FieldWork|
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Field Placement / Clinical
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.
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.
- 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.
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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.
Pathways and Credit Transfer
View the pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices.
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
- Instructor Therapists
- Behaviour Therapists
- ABA Therapists
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
iPad / MacBook Requirements for the Program
An iPad or a MacBook purchase is required for the Autism and Behavioural Science Program. Access to an iPad or MacBook and program related software allows students to access tools needed for their learning.
If you already own an Apple iPad or MacBook which meets our minimum standard of running the required software, a new purchase will not be required. The minimum configuration recommendation is the iPad second generation or newer, iPad Air, iPad Mini or iPad Mini with retina display, or a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.