The Behavioural Science Ontario college graduate certificate program will prepare your for roles as behaviour technicians, consultants and therapists, depending upon previous academic background. You will acquire enhanced skills to support individuals with challenging behaviours including people who have developmental disabilities, dual diagnosis, autism and other complex needs. You will acquire skills in behaviour program development and evaluation such as observing behaviours, recording data, reporting, implementing behavioural techniques and strategies, and participating as a team member. The program consists of six compulsory courses. Course sequencing enables students to complete the certificate while they work, and to complete the program within six months or one year, beginning in either the fall, winter or spring semester.
Benefits of Humber College's Behavioural Science - Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)-Focused Program
- Completion of the program in six months or one year
- Completion of the certificate while you work (classes take place weekends, across a week, online, and/or hybrid (combination of online and in-class sessions))
- Curriculum is comprehensive and specifically focused on ABA
- The program offers a condensed and an efficient opportunity for students to learn ABA skills comparable to those found in accelerated (ABA) diploma programs
- Education and training in ABA is ideal for graduates of the Early Childhood Education (ECE), Child and Youth Worker (CYW) and Developmental Services Worker (DSW) programs, university students, managers and their staff, professionals in the community, social, school, health-care, mental health systems and for parents of individuals with intellectual disabilities
- Placement options in ABA and community-based agencies
- Bursaries for students who qualify
- Graduate employment opportunities and possibilities (e.g., upgrade skills for current jobs, increase potential for promotion to supervisory positions, increase salary potential)
- The possibility of partnership-building with community agencies and school boards to provide additional courses and sequences in the community
- Workshops on relevant topics may be offered approximately three times a year
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), Inc.® has approved Humber College’s Behaviour Science program course sequence as meeting the fourth tasklist coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Examination ®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Please check out the website for more details (www.bacb.com). Only those with a B.A, BSc. or M.A. may qualify based on the standards set out by the BACB.
Graduate Success Story - Jaini Desai - Behavioural Science
I always knew that having just a Bachelor’s in Psychology degree will not help me stand out from other fellow graduates. So when I came across the opportunity to do a compact continuing education program that was related to my interest I took it up. It was very different from university classes; they were much more interactive and experience-based. The professors had tremendous personal field experience to share which helped in understanding the theories. Even though the format of the courses was compact, they were very thorough. Testing was not only based on exams but participation, attendance, creativity in assignment and projects were also taken into consideration, giving every student an equal opportunity to excel. Since graduating from the program, I have been in the field gaining volunteer experience in order to apply for my Master's in counselling therapy.
A bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, education or a related area or a diploma in a human service related field such as developmental services worker, social service worker child and youth care, nursing or gerontology.
Previous experience either working with or as a family member of a person with a developmental disability is also required.
What Graduates and Professionals Say
"Our past experiences in life helps us to gather the pieces of the puzzle. We now have the pieces of the puzzle and Behavioural Science helps us to put the puzzle together and accomplish our goals at a level that others can understand. At a busy time in my life where everything seemed so pressured for time, Humber College provided me with a relaxing opportunity for continuous learning. A truly amazing experience!"
Mirella DeGiovanni, Lead Safe Interventions Trainer, Toronto District School Board
"The program provided me with a comprehensive and relevant understanding of the concepts of applied behaviour analysis and the use of positive approaches, as well as opportunities to apply these concepts in professional settings. I draw upon these valuable learning experiences daily in my present role as a behaviour consultant."
Mackenzie Ketchell, Behaviour Consultant, Meta Centre
"The Behavioural Science program at Humber was recommended to me by my clinical manager. I was able to complete the program in one year and learned more than I thought possible! The professors were extremely knowledgeable and actually work in the field. I was able to practise everything I learned through the assignments and my placement. Humber was gracious enough to grant me a bursary to cover the cost of my entire placement. I even received a job offer before I completed the course. Thank you, Humber!!" Natasha Shakespeare, Behaviour Consultant, Centre for Behaviour Health Sciences, Mackenzie Health
"Applied behaviour analysis and psychiatry are both important disciplines; they enhance each other infinitely when both specialties take a symbiotic approach towards each other. This cannot be more evident than when we support individuals with varying intellectual and developmental disabilities and complex needs. For students who are interested in pursuing this fascinating and rewarding clinical field, the Behavioural Science program at Humber College will certainly provide enhanced skills, a solid knowledge base and great field experience for students."
Dr. John C. C. Chan, MS., MD, FRCP, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
|Course Name||Course Code||Offered|
|Behaviour Technology 1||BSCI 5002||Fall Summer online|
|Behaviour Technology 2||BSCI 5003||Winter Summer online|
|Field Practice||BSCI 5005||Summer|
|Functional Behaviour Assessment and Program Evaluation||BSCI 5004||Winter Summer online|
|Introduction to Behaviour Technology||BSCI 5001||Fall Winter|
|Professional Practice||BSCI 5006||Summer online|