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Graduate Certificate of Autism and Behavioural Science
Graduate Certificate of Autism and Behavioural Science

Graduate Certificate of Autism and Behavioural Science

  • ID:GBC010028
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

​​Entry requirement

  • Completion of a 3-year or 4-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree (no specific major, though a major in Psychology, or related discipline, is highly recommended*).
  • Or a 2-year or 3-year diploma in a human services discipline (a major in Psychology is recommended*)
  • It is recommended that related degrees/diplomas include at least one or more psychology course(s)

* Please note: This program has a strong focus on behaviour change and behavioural sciences, so some previous psychology-related education is highly recommended in order to be successful in the program.

English requirements 

  • Provide proof that their secondary and/ or post-secondary studies were completed at a recognized institution where English is the primary media of instruction. The studies must be relevant to the admission requirements for the specific program (s) applied to (e.g. an advanced diploma or degree is required for certain postgraduate program)
  • Applicants with transcripts from an institution where the language of instruction is not English may meet English language proficiency requirements with one of the following proofs of language proficiency. The minimum test scores that are acceptable are listed below (as applicable). Please note: For admissions purposes, some programs require a higher score than the minimum stated below.
  • George Brown English for Academic (EAP) Program, Level 9
  • IELTS (Academic), 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each skill band
  • TOEFL, 84 (online) minimum 21 in each skill band
  • MELAB, 85
  • PTE (Academic), 60, overall minimum
    55 in each skill band
  • CAEL, 70 overall (writing 60)
  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency), 176 or more (with no individual skill below 169)
  • George Brown Admissions Test (Mature applicants only), Not Available
  • *NEW Duolingo English Test, 125

Course Information

The Autism and Behavioural Science program was developed in response to the growing public concern about services for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

It was designed to deepen the expertise in the field of autism and behavioural sciences for application within the children’s sector, and simultaneously create a pool of qualified individuals to meet the needs of service agencies that provide autism or children’s services.

The program enables graduates with university degrees and graduates of Early Childhood Education, Social Service Worker, Child and Youth Care, Developmental Service Worker and similar programs to acquire the specialized skills and expertise they need to work with individuals with a diagnosis of autism.

Students learn about:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • intervention methods including Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI)

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis theory (e.g. operant conditioning)

  • working with families and treatment teams

  • relevant legislation

Note: Field education may require travel due to the number of opportunities for appropriate placements within the Greater Toronto Area. Students may be required to travel to locations as far east as Oshawa, as far west as Burlington, and as far north as Vaughan.

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 Required Courses


  • BST1101, Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis

  • BST1102, Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • BST1104, Working with Families and Teams

  • BST1105, Ethics & Professionalism

  • BST1106, Field Placement I

  • BST1108, Field Seminar I

  • BST1121, Behavioural Skill Building


  • BST1103, Treating Challenging Behaviour

  • 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

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment asinstructor-therapists with agencies offering ABA for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as in schools and private family settings.

Graduating from the program may lead to opportunities for advancement into supervisory or consultant roles.

Previous education at the diploma or degree level may also lead to other career opportunities, such as:

  • resource teacher

  • educational assistant

  • program supervisor

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Mandatory Health Insurance

$743.99 for one-year coverage (Sept-August)
$508.83 for 8 months coverage (Jan-August)
$273.29 for 4 months coverage (May-August)

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