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Autism and Behavioural Science Grad Cert GBC

Autism and Behavioural Science Grad Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

This Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate program of George Brown College focuses on autism spectrum disorders and therapies: mainly Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI).

Developed in response to the growing public concern about services for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), this program will deepen your expertise in the field of autism and behavioural sciences for application within the children’s sector. 

If you have the equivalent of a university degree and are a graduate of the following courses, you may want to acquire the specialized skills and expertise to work as instructor-therapists:

  • Early Childhood Education;
  • Social Service Worker;
  • Child and Youth Worker;
  • Developmental Service Worker.

You will be learning about

  • ASD
  • intervention methods including Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI)
  • theory
  • working with families and treatment teams
  • relevant legislation

You should consider this career path if these terms describe you:

  • caring
  • tenacious
  • analytic
  • detail-oriented

Learn more about the Canada student visa category.

Course Delivery

This Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate Program is offered at the Waterfront Campus of George Brown College.

Emphasis is placed on the collaborative design, implementation, and evaluation of effective behavioural intervention plans according to the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

Field placement and field work are requirements of this program.


This graduate certificate program will provide you with expertise in the field of autism and behavioural science for application within the autism sector, across the lifespan, and the children’s service sector. 

You will be prepared for employment in public- and private-sector agencies, schools and private family settings such as:

  • Employment as Instructor Therapists;
  • Private providers of IBI therapy to families under appropriate supervision;
  • Autism specialists in other service agencies providing services to clients with autism;
  • Educational Assistants within school boards delivering programs for children with autism; and
  • ABA-Facilitators delivering supports to children and youth with autism.

Depending on your previous education at the diploma or degree level, you may also wish to explore other career opportunities, such as:

  • Resource teacher
  • Educational assistant
  • Program supervisor

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Assess and analyze the characteristics, skills, and behaviour of individuals with ASD to effectively implement evidence-based behavioural interventions;
  2. Design and implement effective behavioural intervention plans under appropriate supervision and based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA);
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of behavioural intervention plans based on the principles of ABA;
  4. Work collaboratively with families, teams, service providers, and the broader community to respond to the learning and behavioural needs of individuals with ASD;
  5. Design, implement, and evaluate as part of a team, ABA based transition plans for individuals with ASD;
  6. Comply with established ethical principles and professional guidelines;
  7. Provide leadership in the promotion and provision of services to meet the needs of individuals with ASD and their families;
  8. Evaluate empirical evidence in order to select appropriate interventions for individuals with ASD.

Course Outline


  • BST1101:  Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • BST1102:  Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • BST1104:  Working with Families and Teams
  • BST1106:  Field Placement I
  • BST1108:  Field Seminar I
  • BST1121:  Behavioural Skill Building


  • BST1103:  Treating Challenging Behaviour
  • BST1105:  Ethics and Professionalism
  • BST1107:  Crisis Prevention and Intervention (2-day module)
  • BST1122:  Parent and Staff Training
  • BST1123:  Specialized Instructional Strategies
  • BST1124:  Transition Planning and Implementation
  • BST1125:  Field Placement II
  • BST1126:  Field Work Seminar II

Course Info

Course Code : C405

College : School of Health and Wellness

Duration : one year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 semesters
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There are two intake dates every year:

  • September
  • January

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the School of Health and Wellness of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must be a graduate of:
    • A 3-year or 4-year B.A. or B.S. degree, any major OR
    • A 2-year or 3-year diploma in a human services program, such as Early Childhood Educations, Social Service Worker, Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate.
  • English Proficiency. Please note that when needed, GBC may request for higher test scores.
    • IELTS (Academic Test) Overall Band Score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill band.
    • TOEFL iBT 84 with a minimum of 22 in each skill band.
    • PTE Academic: 60 overall minimum, 55 in each skill band
  • Upon acceptance and confirmation into the program, you must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for this program. All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements will be your responsibility.
  • You must provide a Police Vulnerable Sector Check.  This is in compliance with requests from GBC's placement partners.  This requirement must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.  The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student.

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