Program Overview

The Autism and Behavioural Science Online Program is a one-year college graduate certificate program. This program is designed for graduate students interested in this field. Students will learn theories of applied behaviour analysis and methods to deliver support to persons with disabilities across all age sectors. Graduates of the program will be in high demand and able to select from a range of opportunities including working in clinical settings, school boards, and community agencies.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
45 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
Fully Online
2023 September
Fully Online
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
Fully Online

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 is delivered through synchronous online classes (occurring in the evenings, EST). The 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.


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
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-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.
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Tuition Summary


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Total Cost of Program
International Costs
Total Cost of Program

*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.