Autism and Behavioural Science

Ontario College Graduate Certificate | Code: 1426

About the program

This fully online graduate certificate program addresses the fields of autism and behavioural science, specifically the syndromes associated with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children across various contexts including home and school environments. Students will examine, apply, and evaluate current theories, practices and treatment methodologies used to treat ASD and incorporate modified practices and procedures appropriate to the child and the situation. The program emphasizes the design and implementation of effective behavioural treatment plans. Learning to work within a team environment and with families are key elements of the program. The foundations of ethical thinking, professional codes of ethics, and the different perspectives and rationale for ethical decision making within a behavioural framework are introduced.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Two- or three-year diploma or degree in Education, Child Studies, Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Social Services or Rehabilitation, Educational Assistant, Child Youth Worker or equivalent.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants with transcripts from institutions where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test:
    • IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
    • TOEFL iBT 88
    • CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60
    • PTE Academic 58
    • Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6
  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements

Graduate opportunities

Training in autism and behavioural science will enhance staff in industries such as school boards, community treatment agencies, hospital/clinical settings, private agencies or independent contractors as an instructor therapist or behaviour therapist.

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Program outcomes

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

Program related resources

Note:

  • This program is delivered online. Field placements, capstones and exams may require in-person travel to the college or field site.
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Spring Registration: February 4, 2019
Fall Registration: July 8, 2019