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Autism and Behavioural Science Grad Certificate NC

Autism and Behavioural Science Grad Certificate NC

Niagara College, Canada

About This Program

This program gives you a firm grounding in Behavioural Strategies and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) principles and will prepare you to work with both children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in therapeutic and school-based settings. You will be will be better prepared to work as Behavioural Technicians in therapeutic and educational environments as part of a treatment team supervised by a Behaviour Analyst and/or Psychologist.

Course Delivery

This Autism and Behavioral Science of Niagara College is offered at the Welland Campus of the college.  The program offers practical experience during block placements each term supervised by ABA and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) experts

Students will be using iPad devices to access iBooks and applications that support classroom and field placement practice


Graduates of this certificate will work predominantly with individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  You will be able to work as a Behavioural Technician (as part of a treatment team supervised by a Behaviour Analyst and/or Psychologist)

You may also work with families, school boards, community and private / agencies that serve those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete field placement requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.

Graduates of this program currently work in the following fields:

  • Social policy researcher, consultant or program officer, $71,976 Annual Wage average, 191 Currently Employed
  • Social worker, $66,785 Annual Wage average, 732 Currently Employed
  • Family, marriage or other related counsellor, $47,406 Annual Wage average, 406 Currently Employed
  • Education policy researcher, consultant or program officer  $69,833 Annual Wage average, 146 Currently Employed
  • Elementary or secondary school teacher assistant, $49,209 Annual Wage average, 895 Currently Employed
  • Educational counsellor, $63,956 Annual Wage average,182 Currently Employed
  • Employment counsellor, $51,384 Annual Wage average, 94 Currently Employed

Learning Outcomes

The curriculum teaches students about the range of evidence-based practices in autism treatment, the characteristics of the full spectrum of ASD, as well as how to design, implement and evaluate behavioural strategies.

Course Outline


  • Introduction to Applied Behavioural Analysis
  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Specialized Instructional Strategies
  • Working with Families and Teams
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Field Placement I


  • Parent and Staff Training
  • Behavioural Skill Building
  • Treating Challenging Behaviours
  • Transition Planning and Implementation
  • Field Placement II

Course Info

Course Code : 0192

College : Community Services

Duration : 1 year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Canadian Dollar (CAD):

  • Tuition Fee: 13,550/year
  • Service Fee: 1,050/year
  • Medical Insurance: 840/year
  • Bus Fee: 186.32/year
  • Airport Pickup: 175/person

The above figures represent what the college expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included such as material fees, laptop fees, books and supplies

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, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, 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, health, books and materials.

Intake Dates :

There is only one intake per year and this is in SEPTEMBER. 

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

  • Review by Niagara College department/school 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.

  • Ontario College Diploma in:
    • Child and Youth Care (Worker) or
    • Communication Disorders Assistant or
    • Developmental Services Worker orEarly Childhood Education or
    • Educational Assistant or
    • Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant or
    • Social Service Worker or
    • Therapeutic Recreation
  • OR: Bachelor’s Degree in:
    • Behavioural Science or
    • Child Studies or
    • Education or
    • Psychology or
    • Speech and Language Sciences or
    • Social Work or
    • Sociology
  • OR: For applicants who have studied outside of these fields of study, please submit a one-page cover letter indicating why you feel you would be successful in the ABS program, what experience you have already, and a résumé that includes your educational and work background with a current e-mail address
  • AND: Two professional letters of reference indicating your work experience within disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder specific areas
  • AND: Proof of English proficiency.  As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • IELTS overall score of 6.5 (Academic) with no individual band under 5.5.
    • TOEFL
      • Paper examination 550, TESL 600
      • Computer based 213, TESL 250
      • iBT 79 - 80 minimum, 22 Writing, 22 Speaking
  • Health requirement. All costs associated with vaccinations and/or verification, are the responsibility of the student.
    • The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) form must be completed and submitted to Student Health Services prior to start of program. Please view the current CDS form and Checklist for requirements (vaccination documentation/proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and 2 step TB testing) at niagaracollege.ca/health-services. Influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus diphtheria pertussis vaccinations are recommended.
    • A current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR level C) and Standard First Aid certification is also highly recommended by placement agencies and employers. Students are responsible for all costs.
    • Students applying to this program should recognize the physical demands involved in caring for children and may be required to lift up to 22.7 kilograms (50 pounds).

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