Autism and Behavioural Science Program (Postgraduate) (C405)

Autism and Behavioural Science
School of Health and Wellness
Waterfront Campus
1 year (2 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
The Autism and Behavioural Science program focuses on autism spectrum disorders and therapies, mainly Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI), with a primary application for children and adolescents. You will gain practical experience working with treatment teams.

Full Program Descriptions


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 the nine regional autism service providers and other 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 Worker, Developmental Service Worker and similar programs to acquire the specialized skills and expertise they need to work as instructor-therapists.

Students learn about:

  • ASD
  • intervention methods including Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI)
  • theory
  • 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. 


Consider this career path if these terms describe you:

  • caring
  • tenacious
  • analytic
  • detail-oriented


  • Full-time and part-time faculty who have extensive experience in IBI and ASD.
  • Well-established relationships with local publicly funded and private IBI providers.

Approved course sequence for the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

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Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
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


semester courses
Code Course Name
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

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment as instructor-therapists with public-sector and private-sector agencies offering IBI for children with ASD, 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

Tuition and Fees


$3,724.00 *

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • A 3-year or 4-year B.A. or B.S. degree (any major)


  • A 2-year or 3-year diploma in a human services program, such as Early Childhood Education, Social Service Worker, Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/ Advocate

English Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

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Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Special Requirements  

Additional Mandatory Requirements

Students must meet the requirements of the George Brown College pre-placement student health passport before attending a field placement.

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at

Police Vulnerable Sector Check

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).”
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at

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Student Success

Success Stories  

"The program at George Brown College will play an important role in developing the knowledge, skills and expertise of current and potential instructor-therapists in the public and private sectors. Their strong complement of faculty, innovative plan and existing relationship with many IBI providers put George Brown at a vantage point for getting this program up and running quickly. Few other colleges would have access to the necessary number of student placements required for a program of this magnitude."

Board of Directors of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis

Contact Us

Contact Us  

To book an information session, call the School of Health and Wellness at 416-415-5000, ext. 4542 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., or email

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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