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.

Program Highlights

  • 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 children with autism

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 individuals. The condition affects approximately one in 68 people in Canada. Without treatment, individuals with autism may not learn to speak, interact or function in
their community. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is used to teach individuals with autism to develop new skills, such as language or social play, through Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) teaching and positive reinforcement.

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

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Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

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Tuition and Fees

2017 - 2018 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Tuition Fees $2,734.10 $2,734.10
Mandatory Ancillary Fees $643.50 $629.35
Mandatory Program Fees $77.00 $0.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Total 1st Year Fees $6,818.05

Full Cost Breakdown

2017 - 2018 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Tuition Fees $7,577.93 $7,577.93
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Mandatory Program Fees $77.00 $0.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Total 1st Year Fees $16,057.86

Full Cost Breakdown

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Additional Information


Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • Minimum two-year College diploma or University degree
  • Preference is given to applicants with Human Services, Pyschology 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 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. 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.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Work Experience

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. 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  eld placement agencies

Become an Agency

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

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

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

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.

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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.”