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Autism and Behavioural Science (Part-time)

Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program Code: 1260 School: Continuing Education

About the Program

This program addresses the field of autism and behavioural science specifically the syndromes associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, for children across various contexts including the 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. Working 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. Students will work within interdisciplinary teams, and families.

Program Information

  • All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.
  • This program is also offered full-time.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
  • 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.

    How to Apply

    Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar s Office, OR by using the college website at

    Send completed applications to:
    Conestoga College
    Admissions Office
    299 Doon Valley Dr
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Canada N2G 4M4

    How to Register for Courses

    Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

    Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student s Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

    Learn more about PLAR.

    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.

    For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

    Program Related Resources

    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 Courses

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