This intensive one-year diploma program is unique in the Greater Toronto Area.

Behavioural Science Technician (Intensive) is a one-year intensive course for those who have a bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field. This program provides students with an opportunity to study applied behaviour analysis (ABA) and behavioural intervention.


Program name
Behavioural Science Technician
Experiential learning
Field education in semesters 3 and 4.
1 year (3 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study

Year of Study

Select a year to view.

Compare Programs


Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Closed
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

Behavioural Science Technician (Intensive) is a one-year intensive diploma program for applicants who have a bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology or a related discipline. Applicants must have completed Introduction to Psychology and one other psychology-related course.

This program provides students with an opportunity to study applied behaviour analysis (ABA) and behavioural intervention.

The themes in the program include:

  • behavioural theory and application
  • program development
  • scientific method
  • ethics and professionalism
  • diversity
  • general education with an emphasis on practical application in the field

Practicum and course work is often related to developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury, gerontology, and behavioural disorders.

Note: Travel may be required for field education due to the number of opportunities for appropriate placements within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Students may be placed in locations as far east as Oshawa, as far west as Burlington and as far north as Vaughan.

Part Time Study Options

This program does not currently offer a part-time study option.

Experiential Learning

Field education in semesters 3 and 4.

Your Field Study options

This program offers two intensive field placements in Semesters 3 (January placement) and Semester 4 (May/June placement).

Each placement is seven weeks long with four days offsite (approximately 7.5 hours per day) with the field partner and the fifth day onsite in class at George Brown. The in-class day allows students the opportunity to reflect on their placement experience and help to connect classroom theory with the work they are doing offsite.

Placements will be conducted with a variety of populations and agencies whose clients could have Autism, mental health issues, acquired brain injury, developmental disabilities, behavioural concerns or issues related to aging. Partner agencies are located across the GTA and students may be required to travel.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Implement effective behaviour analytic intervention strategies based on the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in order to increase desired behaviours, teach new skills, and decrease contextually problematic behaviours.
  2. Integrate background information and knowledge of special populations into therapeutic practice, in order to develop behavioural interventions using a behaviour analytic approach.
  3. Communicate with various stakeholders the behaviour analytic principles, processes, and concepts central to the interventions being provided in order to enhance quality of service.
  4. Compile measurements of behaviour in accordance with the ONTABA standards of practice and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's Guidelines for Responsible conduct in order to conduct behavioural assessments and develop behavioural interventions.
  5. Apply systems thinking to behavioural processes related to socially significant behaviour change in order to ensure the sustainability of behaviour change programs that increase an individual’s quality of life.
  6. Adhere to federal, provincial, and professional policies and regulations associated with the ethical practice of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) among various populations or service sectors.
  7. Apply input gained from collaboration with stakeholders (including individuals, family members, and community members) and professionals in the field of service into effective client service intervention.
  8. Develop a reflective practice, using professional development and self-care strategies to enhance professional competence.
  9. Develop client-centered behavioural intervention plans that account for individuals’ rights, needs, goals, and their social and community context.
  10. Integrate the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of behaviour analysis into a comprehensive case formulation of human behaviour to assist in the assessment, design, and implementation of behaviour change programs.

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BST1003Behavioural Theory
BST1037Behaviour Theory and Practice: Introduction to ABA
BST1030Behaviour Theory and Practice: Behavioural Assessment
BST1032Ethics and Professionalism
BST2002Research Design


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BST2003Crisis Prevention and Intervention
BST2036Behaviour Theory and Practice: Acquisition Strategies
BST2037Behaviour Theory and Practice: Reduction Strategies
BST2041Behaviour Theory and Practice: Group-Based Interventions
BST2044ABA Application to Special Populations
BST2027Field Seminar II
BST2038Field Placement II


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BST2041Behaviour Theory and Practice: Group-Based Interventions
BST2042Field Seminar III
BST2043Field Placement III

Detailed course outlines

Your Career

Employment is often related to autism, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, brain injury, gerontology, and behavioural disorders.

Graduates are employed in a variety of settings with diverse clinical populations of all ages who frequently present challenging behaviours. They may work to develop and implement behavioural interventions designed to manage challenging behaviours and/or teach skills.

Graduates may find employment in:

  • ABA therapy programs
  • schools
  • hospitals
  • residential and treatment facilities
  • vocational agencies

Future Study Options

Graduates of any approved 2-year Ontario College behavioural science technology program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher will be eligible to enter the bridging pathway into the 3rd year of the Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis degree program (S303). For more information about this degree pathway please email Andrew McNamara at

Graduates of a health sciences program who have an interest in working in long-term care facilities should consider applying to our new Interprofessional Complex and Long-Term Care postgraduate certificate. This two-semester program starting January 2020 is delivered online and includes a clinical field placement component. For details, visit

Educational/Degree Pathway

Graduates of any approved Ontario College behavioural science technology diploma program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher will be eligible to enter the bridging pathway into the 3rd year of the Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis degree program (S303). For more information about this degree pathway please email Andrew McNamara at


$3,628.00 * ‡

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of the program starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

‡ Spring/summer semester fees are paid separately.

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a 3-year or 4-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology (or related discipline) or Bachelor of Science degree
  • Related degrees must include at least one or more psychology course(s)

English Language 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.

Please visit for more details.

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.

Apply to

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Special Requirements

Additional Mandatory Requirements

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 (must be valid annually)

  • 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

Success Stories

Marina Jiujias

"My completion of the Behavioural Science Technology (Intensive) program at George Brown College was an integral step towards beginning an exciting career in applied behaviour analysis. In a short amount of time I had both a thorough knowledge base from detailed coursework and invaluable experience from two extremely hands-on, immersive field placements, allowing me entry into a job position straight from graduation. Above all, the preparedness that this program provides to students for entry into an exciting and challenging career is second to none."

Marina Jiujias (Graduate 20016, Behavioural Science Technology [Intensive])

"The behaviour science technology program provided me with the essential connections and practical experience to get employed after graduation. The program provided me with placements at the top agencies in the city which played a critical role in me getting hired. The professors were well known in the field and did an excellent job in preparing us for the workforce. They provided a great overview about the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and all the things that can be done within the field."

Michelle Soares (Graduate 2015, Behavioural Science Technology [Intensive])

"It was the field placements that really drew me to the program because I wanted to find out that this was something I could do for 30 or 40 years. Looking back, I'm really glad that I chose to go to George Brown. It provided me with the foundation that I was looking for to get the job that I wanted."

Oliver Blunn (Graduate 2007, Behavioural Science Technology [Intensive])

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.

People who viewed this program also viewed:

    Looking for more?

    George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.