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

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.

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
Program Contact
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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
CONFMNH08 Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Classroom Classroom        
EDUC10030 Specialized Instructional Strategies eLearn   eLearn   eLearn  
EDUC10034 Ethics and Professionalism eLearn eLearn     eLearn  
HMNS10005 Working with Families and Teams   eLearn   eLearn   eLearn
HSCI10041 Autism - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) eLearn eLearn eLearn eLearn eLearn eLearn
HSCI10042 Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis eLearn eLearn eLearn eLearn eLearn eLearn
WORK10144 Autism and Behavioural Science Field Seminar 1     eLearn     eLearn
WORK10596 Field Placement     Field Work     Field Work
EDUC10028 Behavioural Skill Building   eLearn   eLearn   eLearn
EDUC10029 Parent and Staff Training eLearn   eLearn   eLearn  
EDUC10031 Transition Planning and Implementation   eLearn   eLearn   eLearn
HMNS10006 Treating Challenging Behaviour eLearn eLearn   eLearn eLearn  
WORK10145 Autism and Behavioural Science Field Seminar 2     eLearn     eLearn
WORK10020 Field Placement 2     Field Work     Field Work


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

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

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 and Urban Studies.

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.

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. (*Click on Additional Information in the menu for more information about field placements.)

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.

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.


Field Placements:

  • 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. Please note that travel during the day is also required and many field placement sites are not located on a bus route. Preference for field placement site will not be given to students without access to transportation.
  • Registered students who have been convicted of an offence for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter or continue in a placement while in the program.
  • Students may be required to complete various Immunizations and Disease Screening Protocols required by some field placement agencies.
  • Field Placements are only offered in the spring semester. If you have completed all theory courses, you may complete both field placements sequentially.
  • 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.

Field Placement 1

Field Placement 1 (WORK10596) is 126 hours in length. You must register in Autism and Behavioural Sciences Field Seminar 1 (WORK10144) 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.


  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CONF10004 or CONFMHN08 or equivalent)
  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (HSCI10041)
  • Introduction to Behavioural Analysis (HSCI10042)
  • Specialized Instructional Strategies (EDUC10030)
  • Ethics and Professionalism (EDUC10034)
  • Working with Families and Teams (HMNS10005)

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.


  • All theory courses, including Field Placement 1 and Field Seminar 1.