Autism and Behavioural Science

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (11 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 3017X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

This program requires two full-time block placements over 4 and 6 weeks. Please thoroughly review the placement information to ensure this program is right for you.

Other Delivery Options

Full-time Online

Our Program

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a research-based and data driven science that can be used to teach individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) a variety of new skills including social, play, self-help, language and academic skills. This highly specialized Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides students with a firm grounding in the principles of ABA; specifically in the application of these principles to Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) with children with ASD. The curriculum covers the characteristics of individuals with ASD, evidence-based practices in ABA, the professional code of ethics and the development and implementation of behavioural treatment plans. Students gain practical experience working with clients and ABA treatment teams.

Graduates of the program work predominantly with children and career opportunities may include ASD treatment teams, school boards, community agencies and family settings.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within six years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are caring and like to work with children and families.
  • Are detail-oriented and enjoy evaluating and implementing evidence-based interventions.
  • Are comfortable working with multidisciplinary professional teams.
  • Have strong observational and analytical skills.
  • Are self-motivated and enjoy challenges.
  • Have experience working with computers.
  • Have experience finding, reading and using peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Are proficient in English.

Your Career

Graduates may pursue career opportunities working as a part of a multi-disciplinary ASD treatment team. Graduates may find employment in a school setting, a community agency, a private family setting, or with the public-sector or private-sector agency that offers Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Graduates are able to implement effective behavioural intervention plans under appropriate supervision.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Applicants are required to provide proof of successful completion of a university degree in Behavioural Science, Child Studies, Education, Psychology, Social work or Sociology OR a two year (minimum) Ontario College Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Behavioural Science, Child and Youth Care, Developmental Services Worker or Social Service Worker.

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:

  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR
  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-Overall 88, with minimum of 22 in each component: Reading: 22; Listening: 22; Speaking: 22; Writing: 22.

This program has an application process. All applicants must complete an application form and submit it to the Program Coordinator along with any necessary documents (i.e. transcripts). Applications can be submitted in person or by email.

Online Administrative Coordinator
ol@algonquincollege.com
Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
1385 Woodroffe Ave, P209
Ottawa, ON K2E 1V8

Field Placement Eligibility

To be eligible for the field placement, FAM0025 and FAM0026, students must:

  • Submit proof of valid Police Records check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). This document is typically valid for one year (12months).
  • Complete Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCPI) training course. This certification is typically valid for one year (12 months).
  • Complete the Algonquin College Health Assessment form and/or immunization form. This document is typically valid for one year (12 months).

In order to ensure that an appropriate placement opportunity can be arranged, all students are required to begin preparing for placement one term in advance. Please contact the coordinator, one term before you plan to do a placement.

Due to limited placements in the Ottawa area (including surrounding areas), students who are outside of the region will not be permitted to do placements in Ottawa and the surrounding area. Part-time students are not guaranteed to undertake placements in your preferred term.

All students will receive detailed information about the field placement eligibility requirements upon admission to the program. Please note that it is the student's responsibility to ensure that their documentation is valid for the duration of the field placement.

Note: Field Placements are completed at pre-approved agencies/institutions in full-time consolidated blocks of time in order to meet placement learning outcomes.

Program Eligibility

Applicants are required to provide proof of successful completion of a university degree in Behavioural Science, Child Studies, Education, Psychology, Social Work or Sociology OR two year (minimum) Ontario College Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Behavioural Science, Child and Youth Care, Developmental Services Worker or Social Service Worker.

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either:

  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with minimum of 22 in each section, OR
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

This program has an application process. All applicants must complete an application form and submit it to the Program Coordinator along with any necessary documents (i.e. transcripts, letter of intent). Applications can be submitted in person, by email or by fax.

Administrative Coordinator for Online Learning
Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
1385 Woodroffe Ave, P209
Ottawa, ON K2E 1V8
Fax: 613-727-7634

Field Placement Eligibility:

To be eligible for the field placement, FAM0025 and FAM0026, students must:

  • Submit proof of valid Police Records check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). This document is typically valid for one year (12months).
  • Complete Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCPI) training course. This certification is typically valid for one year (12 months).
  • Complete the Algonquin College Health Assessment form and/or immunization form. This document is typically valid for one year (12 months).

In order to ensure that an appropriate placement opportunity can be arranged, all students are required to begin preparing for placement one term in advance. Please contact the coordinator, one term before you plan to do a placement.

Due to limited placements in the Ottawa area (including surrounding areas), students who are outside of the region will not be permitted to do placements in Ottawa and the surrounding area. Part-time students are not guaranteed to undertake placements in your preferred term.

All students will receive detailed information about the field placement eligibility requirements upon admission to the program. Please note that it is the student's responsibility to ensure that their documentation is valid for the duration of the field placement.

Note: Field Placements are completed at pre-approved agencies/institutions in full-time consolidated blocks of time in order to meet placement learning outcomes.

Notes

Check out our FAQs page for answers to commonly asked questions regarding the Autism and Behavioural Science program.

All students are required to complete the Program Orientation Module at the beginning of the program and attend an online field placement orientation session prior to completing each Field Placement course.

Field Placement

Students are required to complete two field placements throughout this program; FAM0025 and FAM0026. Field placements are to be completed with agencies that offer ABA/IBI services to children with ASD; and are to be completed on a full-time schedule during the agency business hours (i.e. Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:00). Field placements are arranged by the Program Coordinator with the emphasis on having students experience different ABA programs during the course of their study.

All students must complete their placements at approved placement agencies (i.e. agencies that deliver Applied Behaviour Analysis services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder). If you are living in a rural area (where services are limited) you may be required to travel to the closest city for your placement. For example, students living in Cornwall may be required to travel to Ottawa.

FAM0025 – Field Placement I: requires students to complete 140 placement hours during a four-week period at the beginning of the term. Students are required to complete the placement on a full-time schedule during agency business hours. Only FAM0025 is eligible for PLAR by students who have been working in an ABA/IBI setting for one year (12 months) or more.

FAM0026 – Field Placement II: requires students to complete 210 placement hours during a six-week period at the beginning of the term. Students are required to complete the placement on a full-time schedule during agency business hours. FAM0026 is not eligible for PLAR; all students must complete this course.

A grade of at least C- is required in each course in order to be successful in the program.

Please note the following equivalencies:

Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Emily Pym, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 7133 or pyme@algonquincollege.com.

Courses

Online:Online Learning   
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
Series: 01
FAM001560.0Introduction to Applied Behaviour AnalysisOnline Learning
FAM001645.0Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)Online Learning
FAM001845.0Working with Families and TeamsOnline Learning
FAM001945.0Ethics and ProfessionalismOnline Learning
FAM002345.0Specialized Instructional StrategiesOnline Learning
Series: 02
FAM001745.0Treating Challenging BehavioursOnline Learning
FAM002060.0Behavioural Skill BuildingOnline Learning
FAM002130.0Parent and Staff TrainingOnline Learning
FAM0025140.0Field Placement IOnline Learning Online Learning
Series: 03
FAM002430.0Transition Planning and ImplementationBlank Icon Online Learning
FAM0026210.0Field Placement IIOnline Learning Online Learning

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

FAM0015 Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis

Principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) are the basis for Intensive Behavioural Interventions (IBI). In addition, to basic terminology students learn when and how to use these techniques appropriately. Students also learn how to access and interpret journal publications in the field of autism and applied behaviour analysis.

FAM0016 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Students will learn about the neurodevelopmental and behavioural aspects of people with autism spectrum disorder, previously labelled as five different syndromes under the autism spectrum disorder umbrella. Students will learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnostics tools, research-based interventions, and will cover autism spectrum disorder from birth to adulthood.

FAM0018 Working with Families and Teams

Theories, terminology, and applications underlying current approaches to teamwork and working with the families of children with autism spectrum disorders are explored. The focus is on effective collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, which is essential to successful intensive behavioural intervention. Students develop the interpersonal, job-oriented skills necessary to problem-solve as team members in a flexible, empathetic, resourceful, and productive manner.

FAM0019 Ethics and Professionalism

Understanding the foundations of ethical thinking and different perspectives and rationale for ethical decision-making within a behavioural framework is essential when working with ASD clients. Students are introduced to professional codes of ethics that are essential for ethical practice. They 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. Students are provided with the basis for developing ethical guidelines for practice, examining areas related to legislative acts, an overview of the BACB guidelines of responsible conduct for a behaviour analyst and the ONTABA/ABA standards of practice. Students also learn how to evaluate their own professional expertise and limitations for ongoing professional development planning.

FAM0023 Specialized Instructional Strategies

Common evidence-based behavioural approaches are applied when teaching individuals with autism new skills. Students explore strategies for teaching language, academic skills, activities of daily living, play skills and social skills. Topics provide 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.

Pre-requisites: FAM0015 AND FAM0016 AND FAM0018 or FAM0040 AND FAM0041 AND FAM0045

FAM0017 Treating Challenging Behaviours

A variety of procedures are used to assess and treat challenging behaviours presented by individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Topics covered include functional behavioural assessment and functional analysis and scientifically validated techniques for the treatment of challenging behaviours, e.g., stereotypy, pica, aggression, self-injury, etc. Emphasis is placed on ethical considerations such as using the least intrusive, least restrictive model and effective treatment. Students learn antecedent control strategies, schedules of reinforcement, extinction, differential reinforcement strategies, social stories, desensitization procedures, and decelerative procedures.

Pre-requisites: FAM0015 AND FAM0016 or FAM0040 AND FAM0041

FAM0020 Behavioural Skill Building

A comprehensive review of procedures for choosing and organizing curriculum for students with autism of various ages. Students review basic behaviour principles and teaching strategies. Emphasis is placed on curriculum development such as the utilization of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS). Curriculum development is discussed with an emphasis on speech and language, social and play skills, personal care skills, and inclusion into less restrictive environments.

Pre-requisites: FAM0015 AND FAM0016 AND FAM0023 or FAM0040 AND FAM0041 AND FAM0049

Co-requisites: FAM0017 or FAM0044

FAM0021 Parent and Staff Training

There are specific techniques for training others specifically to implement behaviour change plans (technology transfer). Students practise techniques for individual and group presentation formats for the training of families or professionals. Students learn how to maintain procedural integrity, use performance feedback, evaluate the effects of training, and understand the challenges that may impact before, during and after mediator training. Emphasis is placed on in-class presentations and role-play practice.

Pre-requisites: FAM0015 AND FAM0016 AND FAM0018 or FAM0040 AND FAM0041 AND FAM0045

Co-requisites: FAM0017 or FAM0044

FAM0025 Field Placement I

Field placement provides a practical opportunity for students to demonstrate some of the vocational program standards. Students develop technical skills through the application of the knowledge gained in the prerequisite courses. Students also have the opportunity to observe the ethical application of behavioural principles/techniques. Students are also required to complete a placement in an ABA/IBI program for children with ASD. Students are also required to complete these hours on a full-time schedule during agency business hours. Students must have Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention training.

Pre-requisites: FAM0040 AND FAM0041 AND FAM0045

FAM0024 Transition Planning and Implementation

Students must learn to assist in planning and mediating transitions for children with ASD within and across home, school and community settings. Topics include models for effective transition planning, assessment and evaluation, understanding differing perspectives on transitions within and across environments, developing collaboration and relationships with parents and professionals, understanding transition practices and relevant legislation, and practice in the use of transition assessment and evaluation tools.

Pre-requisites: FAM0015 AND FAM0016 AND FAM0017 AND FAM0018 AND FAM0019 AND FAM0025 or FAM0025 AND FAM0040 AND FAM0041 AND FAM0045 AND FAM0046 AND FAM0049

FAM0026 Field Placement II

Students demonstrate some of the more advanced vocational program standards. Further technical skills are developed through the application of the knowledge gained in the prerequisite courses. In addition to implementing a further range of treatment plans, students are required to critically evaluate ongoing interventions within the placement. Students continue to have the opportunity to observe and practise the ethical application of behavioural principles/techniques. This placement requires students to complete a placement in an ABA/IBI program for children with ASD. Students are required to complete placement on a full-time schedule during agency business hours. Students must have Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention training.

Pre-requisites: FAM0025 AND FAM0044 AND FAM0047 AND FAM0048

Co-requisites: FAM0051