Autism & Behavioural Science | St. Clair College
Program Code: B935
Status: Waitlisted
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One Year - Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Starts: September

Cristina Angileri
519-972-2727 ext. 5057

Program Overview

Students entering this graduate program will be able to build on their related background of study, obtaining a higher level of specialized knowledge, skill and independence in the areas of assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. This full-time program will take one year to complete and combines both academic and practical experience. It provides students with a well-rounded opportunity to further their undergraduate studies in order to work effectively as an integral member of a services delivery team who supports individuals with autism and autism spectrum disorders.

Program Highlights

  • The program is standardized across the province to deliver identical curriculum and protocol.
  • Two field placements allow students to gain valuable practical experience working with individuals with autism.
  • Graduates will demonstrate leadership in guiding the activities of others and will have the knowledge and skills necessary to develop practical solutions.
  • Comprehensive training in the area of Applied Behaviour Analysis principles and practices including Intensive Behavioural Intervention Techniques.

Career Opportunities

Great careers as an instructor therapist exist in community agencies, school boards, government funded Autism programs, with private providers and home programs.

Admission Requirements

Post Secondary graduates from a related discipline such as college diploma, college advanced diploma or applied degree in a related discipline.

Health Requirements

Accepted applicants must supply proof of a satisfactory medical examination and immunization prior to program entry.

Please be advised that lack of documented immunizations may result in the restriction of clinical placement and therefore may delay and/or prevent completion of the prescribed program.


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Intro To Applied Behaviour Analysis
Introduction To Autism Spectrum Disorder
Working With Families & Teams
Field Placement I
Specialized Instructional Strategies
Behaviour Management Training
Ethics And Professionalism
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
Transition Planning & Implementations
Parent & Staff Training
Field Placement II
Treating Challenging Behaviours
Behavioural Skills Building

Placement Requirements

Please be aware that although a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend St. Clair College, some of our placement sites may require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be eligible to attend. Unfortunately, we cannot predict if a placement site will begin to require full vaccination and as such, we are encouraging all students to consider vaccination. If the requirement of your placement sites changes at any point, you will be notified immediately by the College.

It is important to note that if placement sites do require students to be fully vaccinated to attend their place of business, students who are not fully vaccinated cannot be provided with a placement for their program and therefore will not be able to complete their programs.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, please contact our St. Clair College Health Centre at 519-972-2727 ext. 4484 (in Windsor) or 519-354-9100 ext. 3729 (in Chatham).

Employers who provide our field placement settings require a clear POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense.


  • Medical Requirements Form
  • Police and Medical Requirements Letter (Letter for the School of Community Studies)
  • Police Clearances for the School of Community Studies
  • Acknowledgement of Responsibility
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C Certification from WSIB approved agency
  • Students will complete two field placements, one per semester
  • Placement 1 will typically consist of 5 days a week for 35 hours/week for a total of 140 hours over 4 weeks
  • Placement 2 will typically consist of 5 days a week for 35 hours/week for a total of 210 hours over 6 weeks
  • Student placements are assigned each semester
  • Students may be placed anywhere in Windsor and Essex County
  • Students are responsible for their own travel and costs to placements
  • Placement schedules may include shifts on days, afternoons and weekends based on the agency they are placed at

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2023-2024 Tuition Fees  

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Autism and Behavioural Science (Ontario College Graduate Certificate) (MTCU Code 70711)

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Assess and analyze the characteristics, skills, and behaviour of individuals with ASD to effectively implement evidence-based behavioural interventions.
  2. Design and implement effective behavioural intervention plans under appropriate supervision and
  3. based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of behavioural intervention plans based on the principles of ABA.
  5. Work collaboratively with families, teams, service providers, and the broader community to respond to the learning and behavioural needs of individuals with ASD.
  6. Design, implement, and evaluate as part of a team, ABA based transition plans for individuals with ASD.
  7. Comply with established ethical principles and professional guidelines
  8. Provide leadership in the promotion and provision of services to meet the needs of individuals with ASD and their families.
  9. Evaluate empirical evidence in order to select appropriate interventions for individuals with ASD.