Autism and Behavioural Science - 164

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
One year or less
Use behaviour analysis 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 individual in Canada. ASD can affect an individual’s ability to communicate, socially interact and will often engage in repetitive/ restricted behaviours. ASD is a specturm therefore the degree to which an individual experiences these challenges will vary.

Program Highlights

  • Highest overall student satisfaction of any comparable program in Ontario.*

*Based on the 2016 - 2017 KPI Student Satisfaction and Engagement Survey.

What you'll learn

  • Apply evidence-based treatments and how they are used to teach individuals with autism.
  • Design, implement and evaluate treatment plans using behavioural strategies.
  • Comprehend and respond to needs of family members.
  • Train caregivers to implement 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.

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

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

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Tuition and Fees

2018 - 2019 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Ancillary Fees $670.02 $653.92
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Mandatory Program Fees $77.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $2,870.80 $2,870.80
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $3,617.82 $3,524.72
Total 1st Year Fees $7,142.54

2018 - 2019 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,805.47 $7,805.47
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fee Plus Tax $77.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,332.47 $8,180.47
Total 1st Year Fees $16,512.94

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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, Psychology 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
  • 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:

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Two field placements
  • Combination of in-person and online classes
  • Theoretical and experiential learning.
  • Receive feedback from faculty on a regular basis.
  • Collaborative learning

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 field 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.



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Instructor Therapist
  • Behaviour Therapist
  • Applied Behavioural Analysis Therapist

Where you could work includes:

  • Community Treatment Agencies
  • Hospital/Clinical Settings
  • Private Agencies or Independent Contractors
  • Family Homes
  • School Boards

Course Overview & Descriptions

Note: the semester start dates for this program can be found on the exceptions calendars. View the Fall and Winter semester exceptions calendars.

Click on the course title for a course description.

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.

Contact us

Student Recruitment

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Domestic Canadian Students

International Students
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Phone: 1-905-575-2254

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Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544


Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.

Domestic Canadian Students
Contact Admissions
Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students*
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

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Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Donna Drywood

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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.”


Meghan Dunnet

The Autism and Behavioral Science faculty members, whom I had the pleasure to learn from, provided me with the foundational knowledge and hands-on experience that is often sought out by students, yet challenging to find. I truly believe that I am successful in my position as an Instructor Therapist because of the group projects and individual assignments I worked on as a student, as I apply these skills on a day-to-day basis.

Meghan, '17