Autism and Behavioural Science - 164

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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
Person working with a young child
Program Length: Approximately 2 years
Cost: ~ $130-$530 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. Access the online application.

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
Program Contact
Continuing Education Community Services & Support

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

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 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.

Click on the Course Title for more information on each course. 

Visit the Mohawk College Bookstore Textbook Search (opens in new window) for information on textbooks.

CONFMHN08 Nonviolent Crisis Intervention is equivalent to CONF10004, and is offered every semester. Please check the Continuing Education catalogue for dates and times.

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
















Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

Classroom Classroom Classroom Classroom Classroom Classroom Classroom
CONF EH108 Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Re-certification Classroom Classroom Classroom Classroom Classroom Classroom Classroom
EDUC 10030 Specialized Instructional Strategies   eLearn   eLearn   eLearn  
EDUC 10031 Transition Planning and Implementation eLearn eLearn   eLearn eLearn   eLearn
EDUC 10034 Ethics and Professionalism eLearn   eLearn   eLearn   eLearn
EDUC 10120 ABS Field Preparation eLearn eLearn     eLearn    
HSCI 10041 Autism - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) eLearn eLearn eLearn eLearn eLearn eLearn eLearn
HSCI 10042 Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis eLearn eLearn   eLearn eLearn   eLearn
WORK 10151 Autism and Behavioural Science Seminar 1 eLearn   eLearn eLearn   eLearn eLearn
WORK 10596 Field Placement Field Work   Field Work Field Work   Field Work Field Work
EDUC 10028 Behavioural Skill Building eLearn   eLearn   eLearn   eLearn
EDUC 10029 Parent and Staff Training eLearn eLearn   eLearn   eLearn  
HMNS 10006 Treating Challenging Behaviour eLearn eLearn   eLearn   eLearn  
HSCI 10223 Applied Behaviour Analysis 2     eLearn   eLearn   eLearn
WORK 10020 Autism and Behavioural Science Field Seminar 2 eLearn   eLearn eLearn   eLearn eLearn
WORK 10145 Field Placement 2 Field Work   Field Work Field Work   Field Work Field Work
Getting Started

Login to MyMohawk
MyMohawk is the college portal used to access your student account information, email, grades and more. Your username and password can be found on the Continuing Education Acknowledgement of Registration & Student Account form that was sent to you after you registered for your course. Visit the Getting Started - MyMohawk Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Access Mohawk Email
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to Mohawk email. Visit the Getting Started – Mohawk Email Guide to learn how to set up your account on your devices.

Access eLearn
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to eLearn. Visit the Getting Started - eLearn Guide for step-by-step instructions. Please note your course will not appear in eLearn until the scheduled start date.

Find your Classroom
Room assignments for Continuing Education are available on the WhereEnCampus Portal. Visit Room Listings for more information. 

Find your Textbook
Use the Mohawk College Textbook Search to find your course materials. 

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Online learning courses provide you with the opportunity to learn online, anywhere, at your convenience!  You can study at home or at work - wherever you like, whenever you like, within a predetermined time frame.

Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

Visit the eLearn Course page for registration information and a step-by-step guide to get started. Please note your course will not appear in eLearn until the scheduled start date.

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 our 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

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.