Program Overview

The Autism and Behavioural Science is a one-year graduate program for students looking to advance their knowledge in autism spectrum disorder . You will learn to design and implement behaviour strategies, understand evidence-based treatments, collect and analyze data, and work with and train families. Graduating students will establish an expertise within the children’s sector and be prepared for a range of career opportunities.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September

Part Time Offerings

2023 September
Fully Online
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

Your Learning Experience

Fanshawe’s Autism and Behavioural Science online program is about learning skills to teach skills and decrease challenging behaviours for persons with autism and other disabilities.


Students will learn foundational theories of practice in their first five courses followed by four additional courses in application of theories. You will gain knowledge on the theory of applied behaviour analysis and specifically how to support those with autism and other developmental disabilities. Students will learn to deliver support across all age sectors (children, youth, and adults). 


Graduates will be ready to begin careers with your advanced knowledge of autism and awareness of effective intervention techniques from academic study and two field placements. You will be in high demand across the autism sector or, take your experience to new, ever-expanding fields within behaviour analysis. 

This one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program develops advanced knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and awareness of effective intervention techniques via two field placements and academic study.  Graduates have highly specialized areas of knowledge in ASD and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to design and implement behaviour strategies, understand evidence-based treatments for individuals with ASD, collect and analyze data, and work with and train families on implementing behavioural strategies.

Flexible learning options

This program is offered in two additional formats. The Autism and Behavioural Science (Online) format is designed for working professionals who need a more flexible schedule that allows the opportunity to complete the graduate certificate in under a year while still working. This program is also offered as a part-time offering. View the part-time sequence for this program.


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Autism and Behavioural Science program can find employment as instructor therapists with autism services and children's services, autism specialists in service agencies and school boards delivering programs for individuals with autism and private providers of intensive behavioural intervention.
Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 
Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Autism and Behavioural Science program:

Instructor Therapist
Responsible for providing direct intervention, implementing programs, recording data and attending clinical team meetings.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Educational Assistant
Assists the teacher in devising special strategies to support a student’s needs, interests and abilities.


Autism and Behavioural Science students helping a child learn



Fanshawe’'s Autism and Behavioural Science program gives you the opportunity to extend your knowledge through student placement positions. Applying the principles and techniques learned in the classroom in real-life settings has been the most valuable and rewarding aspect of the program.

Amarda Selimi
Graduate 2015
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability 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 based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

3. Evaluate the effectiveness of behavioural intervention plans based on the principles of ABA.

4. Work collaboratively with families, teams, service providers, and the broader community to respond to the learning and behavioural needs of individuals with ASD.

5. Design, implement, and evaluate as part of a team, ABA based transition plans for individuals with ASD.

6. Comply with established ethical principles and professional guidelines

7. Provide leadership in the promotion and provision of services to meet the needs of individuals with ASD and their families.

8. Evaluate empirical evidence in order to select appropriate interventions for individuals with ASD.


Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Jocelyn Prosser


Admission Requirements

Child and Youth Care College Advanced Diploma
Early Childhood Education College Diploma
Social Service Worker College Diploma
Developmental Services Worker College Diploma
A Degree in Social Sciences
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands
PTE Academic 59
Cambridge English Overall score of 176 with no language skill less than 169
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 9, 75% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 120, with no score lower than 105


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Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • A major in sociology or psychology is recommended for applicants with a university degree.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to for important information about preparing for placement by the due date. 

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement
  • An approved non violent crisis intervention course (i.e., CPI, BMS, PMAB)


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BSCI-6001Applied Behaviour Analysis Intro4
This course introduces the student to the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which is the basis for Intensive Behavioural Interventions (IBI). In addition to basic terminology, students will learn when and how to use these techniques appropriately. Students will also learn how to access and interpret journal publications in the field of autism and Applied Behaviour Analysis.
BSCI-6002Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)3
This course examines Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) according to core features and diagnostic criteria. This course provides an introduction to a neurodevelopmental and behavioural understanding of individuals with ASD.
BSCI-6012Specialized Instructional Strategies4
This course introduces the student to common evidence-based behavioural approaches applied in teaching individuals with autism new skills with an emphasis on strategies for teaching language, academic skills, activities of daily living, play skills, and social skills. Topics will be approached by providing the student with an understanding of the terms used, a description of the teaching techniques characterized in each of the modules (where applicable) and a basic understanding of the conceptual elements motivating the approaches. Topics will include traditional discrete trial training protocols, protocols developed based on Skinner's analysis of Verbal Behaviour, Precision Teaching, Direct Instruction, Pivotal Response Training, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and Incidental and Natural Environment Teaching.
BSCI-6004Working With Families & Teams3
This course presents the student with theories, terminology and applications underlying current approaches to teamwork and working with the families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The focus will be on effective collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, which is essential to successful Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Students will develop the interpersonal, job-oriented skills necessary to problem-solve as team members in a flexible, empathetic, resourceful, and productive manner.
BSCI-6013Ethics & Professionalism2
This course will introduce the foundations of ethical thinking and will review the different perspectives and rationale for ethical decision-making within a behavioural framework.Students will be introduced to professional codes of ethics that are essential for ethical practice. They will learn how to think critically and apply general ethical principles to particular situations through the use of case studies, practice vignettes, structured exercises, and group discussions.This course will provide participants with the basis for developing ethical guidelines for practice, examining areas related to legislative acts, an overview of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behaviour Analysts the ONTABA/ABA standards of practice. Students will also learn how to evaluate their own professional expertise and limitations for ongoing professional development planning.
FLDP-6004Field Placement 13.6
This course will provide a practical opportunity to demonstrate some of the vocational outcomes below. The placement will consist of 140 hours of participation in an ABA program for individuals with ASD. The student will develop technical skills through application of their knowledge gained in the prerequisite courses. Students will also have the opportunity to observe and practice the ethical application of behavioural principles/techniques.
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Tuition Summary


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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.