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

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Winter 2024 Emergency Alternate Delivery

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 a college diploma, college advanced diploma or applied degree in a related discipline.


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

Synergy Placement Notice to Students

Pre-Placement Requirements

St. Clair College has partnered with Synergy Gateway Inc to provide you access to Verified - a platform that is used by students at other post-secondary institutions across Ontario for the purpose of digitally collecting placement requirements related to placement(s). Synergy Gateway Inc will provide support and clearance to help with your required documentation. You will be required to complete an Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) Review through the Verified platform in order to receive clearance to begin your clinical placement. You will be provided access to "Verified" via a secure username and password. You will use Verified to:

  • Upload your pre-placement requirements documentation for review.
  • Book your Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) service (this is a service that reviews the documents you have uploaded and provides you a status as to your eligibility to begin placements).
  • Track your ongoing requirements compliance.

Each student will receive log-in credentials to access Verified that will be sent to your St. Clair College email account. Please check your inbox, spam and junk mail folders for an email from the "Synergy Help Desk". You will be required to create a new password upon logging in. Be sure to view the video user guides and student guidebook to learn how to use the Verified platform.

Any associated fees for Synergy Gateway Inc to complete the pre-placement requirements are the sole responsibility of the students.

It is mandatory that students complete their ERV service through Verified to be eligible for your upcoming clinical placement.

Once your account has been set up with Verified, inquiries can be directed to Synergy Gateway Inc at You will need to submit a Help Desk ticket. Their Help Desk hours are Monday to Friday: 10 am - 3 pm, excluding holidays.

** Please note: If you are an International student completing a placement, you will require a valid COOP Work Permit.


(Please refer to your Synergy communications for full details)

Additional Placement Information

  • 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

COVID-19 Vaccination Placement Notice to Students

This is to make you aware that, although a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend St. Clair College, most of our placement sites require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be eligible to attend. 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. Please be advised that COVID-19 booster shots and/or other requirements may become mandatory for placement, however, they are not currently required.

  • Student placements are assigned at the discretion of the program.
  • Students may be required to obtain further clearances for placement at the discretion of the placement site.
  • Student personal requests for placement cannot be accommodated.
    • Placements may be outside the Windsor/Chatham area
  • Students are responsible for their own accommodation.
  • Students are responsible for their own travel and all costs of placements.
  • Students are responsible for the cost of scrub uniforms/footwear and equipment (such as a stethoscope, a watch with a second hand) and other incidentals as required.
  • Placement schedules may include shifts on days, afternoons, weekends and holidays throughout the program based on placement needs and agency availability.

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 are 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 on 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.