George Brown College was the first college in Toronto to offer the Behavioural Science Technology advanced diploma and spearheaded the development of the Provincial Autism and Behavioural Science programs.

We have been providing training and education in applied behaviour analysis in Toronto for over 15 years.

The S303 Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis degree program stream is open to students who have successfully completed two years of an approved behavioural science technology or technician program. This five semester program starts with a spring/summer bridging semester that leads into year three (or Semester 5) of the four-year degree. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of behavioural psychology and, more specifically, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

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Overview

Program name
Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis
Code
S303
Experiential learning
14-week placement in the summer before semester 7
Duration
5 semesters + 14 week Field Experience term (Unpaid)
Starting month
May
Credential
Honours Bachelor's Degree
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 N/A
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 Open
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

Current George Brown College International Students of C116 or C146 who wish to apply should contact Andrew McNamara, Program Coordinator.

Full Description

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The S303 Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis is a fast-track degree program open to students who have completed two years of George Brown’s Behavioural Science Technology (C116) advanced diploma program or graduated from the Behavioural Science Technician (C146) diploma program. Students will complete a bridge semester during the Spring/Summer (Semester 4) before joining the third year (Semester 5) of the four year degree program.

The program takes an in-depth look at Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) – a field of study that uses a systematic and analytical approach to modify behaviour in a desirable way.

ABA is an effective practice that is often used with populations who have:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • brain injury
  • Dementia
  • developmental disabilities
  • addiction
  • mental health disorders

What you will be studying:

Applied behaviour analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to the treatment and understanding of human behaviour. This approach can be applied to the entire range of human behaviour (i.e., thoughts, feelings and actions). Research has shown that an evidence-based approach such as ABA is most effective at decreasing problem behaviour and developing a variety of skills.

The ABA approach involves three main components:

Component 1: A complete behavioural assessment is conducted. A variety of interview and observational techniques are used to gain an understanding of the behaviour to be changed. Students learn how to observe and analyze behaviour in a variety of situations in order to develop an effective treatment strategy.

Component 2: The next step is to use the results of the behavioural assessment to develop an effective plan that will reduce specific problem behaviours and develop or strengthen cognitive and behavioural skills. Students will learn a variety of behavioural and cognitive behavioural techniques that can be used to change behaviour.

Component 3: The final phase is an ongoing evaluation of components one and two. Students will learn how to measure the effectiveness of their interventions, and continue to refine and revise their interventions based on the results of these measures.

RESEARCH COMPONENT

A foundational aspect of this degree lies with the research component of the program. During Semesters 5 and 6, students will learn how to prepare an Applied Research Proposal. The actual research will be conducted during the fall semester of fourth year. Students will receive faculty support throughout the entire process.

PREPARING FUTURE LEADERS

In addition to preparing students to be practicing behaviourists, the degree program helps prepare them to become leaders in this emerging field. Not only will students be supported in becoming client-centred clinicians, they will also have the opportunity to learn the skills to advance behaviour analysis from a system-wide perspective, to support large-scale changes in agencies, organizations and government.

Graduates of our Behavioural Science programs are leaders of behavioural treatment in fields as varied as forensic mental health, autism spectrum disorder, and acquired brain injury.

This intensive program, delivered on-site at George Brown's state-of-the-art Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences located at the Waterfront Campus, is suitable for students who are data-driven, enjoy analyzing patterns and like to work with challenging behaviours.

The program's core courses are focused on five areas of learning:

  • Behavioural Science Theories, Principles and Methods
  • Special Populations
  • Psychology
  • Research Methods/Statistics
  • Ethics, Professionalism and Leadership

ADVANCED-ENTRY OPTIONS

Starting in January 2020 (201902 semester), graduates of any approved Ontario college behavioural science technology advanced diploma program who earned a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to enter a bridging pathway that leads to the 4th year (Semester 7) of the Honours Bachelors of Behaviour Analysis (S304) degree program.

For more details, please contact program coordinator, Andrew McNamara andrew.mcnamara@georgebrown.ca.

External applicants from other institutions will be assessed for advanced standing on a case-by-case basis.

Experiential Learning

14-week placement in the summer before semester 7

Your Field Study options

While classroom theory is a very important part of your learning experience, we believe that field placement plays a critical role in solidifying that experience because it lets you practice your skills in a real-world environment.

You can expect to participate in field placement one day (eight hours) per week in semesters 5 and 6. Between semesters 6 and 7 (between years three and four), you will complete one 14-week field experience term (unpaid) during which you will be expected to conduct a research thesis.

Prior to starting the field experience term, a field coordinator will help students:

  • explore their interests
  • prepare for interviews
  • facilitate interview meetings by providing feedback

Once students are in their placement settings, they will obtain support from the agency on-site supervisor as well as support from a college faculty field liaison.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Learn about psychological theory, research and practices.
  2. Design and conduct various assessments across a variety of settings and populations.
  3. Design and implement research-based programs in applied behaviour analysis and evaluate their effectiveness.
  4. Practice behavioural consulting skills, with different populations.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate social, professional, and clinical skills in the context of an interdisciplinary setting with a variety of clients, their support networks, professionals, and the community.
  6. Maintain a high degree of professionalism and ethical standards.
  7. Communicate, orally and in written form, results of behavioural assessments and treatment programs.
  8. Understand, critically evaluate, and synthesize issues in society.

Required Courses

Semester 4

semester courses
Course CodeCourses
BEHA 2111Skill Acquisition: Advanced Theory and Application II
BEHA 2112Treating Challenging Behaviours II
BEHA 2106Advanced Research Design and Statistics
BEHA 2107Advanced Assessment Strategies and Behaviour Theory
Liberal Studies Elective

Semester 5

semester courses
Course CodeCourses
BEHA 3001Group Behaviour Therapy
BEHA 3002Behavioural Approaches to Acquired Brain Injury and Gerontology
BEHA 3003Applied Thesis Proposal
BEHA 3004Psychometrics
BEHA 3005Standards of Practice in ABA
Liberal Studies Elective

Semester 6

semester courses
Course CodeCourses
BEHA 3102Mediator Training: Applications to Parents and Staff
BEHA 3104Independent Study Thesis
BEHA 4001Organizational Behaviour Management
BEHA 4002Behavioural Approaches to Health And Well-Being
Liberal Studies Elective

Semester 7

semester courses
Course CodeCourses
BEHA 3101Clinical Behaviour Analysis
BEHA 3103Behavioural Approaches to Education
BEHA 4003Service Delivery Systems and Interprofessional Practice
Liberal Studies Elective

Fall

BEHA 4000 - Work Experience

14-Week Field Experience Term (UNPAID)

Semester 8

semester courses
Course CodeCourses
BEHA 4101Consolidation of Behavioural Principles and Practice
BEHA 4102Advanced Topics in Behavioural Science
BEHA 4103Leadership in Behaviour Analysis
BEHA 4104Professional Standards and Practices in Dissemination
BEHA 4105Thesis (42 hours)
Liberal Studies Elective
Liberal Studies Elective

Detailed course outlines

Career Options

ABA practitioners may find themselves in roles that include the following responsibilities:

  • assessment of a client's skills
  • the development and implementation of skill acquisition programs
  • functional assessment of challenging behaviours
  • behaviour management plans
  • data collection and analysis
  • case management

Their knowledge and skills are applicable to numerous opportunities, which may include such job titles as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Consultant
  • Behaviour Technician
  • Behaviour Therapist
  • Behavioural Consultant
  • Behavioural Specialist
  • Instructor Therapist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Vocational Support Worker

Future Study Options

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 georgebrown.ca/programs/interprofessional-complex-and-long-term-care-program-s417/

Tuition

$7,160.00 *

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 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2020 and at later dates.

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

Successful completion of two (2) years of a Behavioural Science Technology advanced diploma program, or equivalent, with a minimum program GPA of 3.0

OR

Successful completion of a 2-year Behavioural Science Technician diploma program, or equivalent, with a minimum program GPA of 3.0

English language proficiency required:

  • George Brown College ESL Level 9; TOEFL 84 overall and 21 in each skill band (Online); IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each skill band; MELAB 85; CAEL overall 70 (writing 60)

Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in this program.

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

Course Exemptions

Some college and university credits may qualify you for exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.​

George Brown has been granted a consent by the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development to offer this applied degree for a 7–year term starting July 21, 2015. The college shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Special Requirements

CLINICAL PRE-PLACEMENT HEALTH FORM REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRAM POLICY

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet and complete all the mandatory pre-placement requirements for this program. It will take up to 10 to 12 weeks to complete.
  • Students will need to process and provide proof of their medical records (such as MMR, Varicella, Hep B blood test reports/titres, Tdap shot valid every 10 years and Two Step TB Skin Test), a clear police vulnerable sector check renewed every year, Standard First Aid certificate renewed every three years, CPR level HCP renewed every year, annual flu shot and mask fit test renewed every two years. These requirements must be submitted by the given deadline to ParaMed.
  • The health policies and non-academic requirements are designed to protect clients and vulnerable populations that students will engage in practice. Students who do not comply with the program’s health policy and non-academic requirements, or who do not submit all required documentation by deadlines established by the program will be excluded from the clinical practicum. Exclusion from clinical practicum for any reason may jeopardize students' academic standing and successful completion of this program.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • To download the mandatory pre-placement health form and for more details, go to the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement

POLICE VULNERABLE SECTOR CHECK REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRAM POLICY (MUST BE RENEWED EVERY YEAR)

  • 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 will 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 georgebrown.ca/preplacement/record_check/

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