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Autism and Behavioural Science

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
College Code:
CONS
School:
-
Program Code:
1426
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
BR
Academic Year:
2018 / 2019

About the Program

This fully online graduate certificate program addresses the fields of autism and behavioural science, specifically the syndromes associated with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children across various contexts including home and school environments. Students will examine, apply, and evaluate current theories, practices and treatment methodologies used to treat ASD and incorporate modified practices and procedures appropriate to the child and the situation. The program emphasizes the design and implementation of effective behavioural treatment plans. Learning to work within a team environment and with families are key elements of the program. The foundations of ethical thinking, professional codes of ethics, and the different perspectives and rationale for ethical decision making within a behavioural framework are introduced.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program (also available part-time)
Delivery Sequence: Brantford - September/2018 - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Online delivery only
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 10

Note:

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

*Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for Autism and Behavioural Science - Program # 1426

Brantford - Fall 2017 Level 1 & 2 & 3 (Program Start: 2017-09-12)
Description Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Spring 2018
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80 $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
CSI Association Fee $30.00 $30.00 $30.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56 $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $1466.67 $1466.67 $1466.67
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $2101.18 $1815.18 $1815.18
Year Total     $5731.54

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for
Autism and Behavioural Science - Program # 1426


Brantford - Fall 2017 Level 1 & 2 & 3 (Program Start: 2017-09-12)
Description Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Spring 2018
International Program Tuition $5950.00 $5950.00 $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80 $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
CSI Association Fee $30.00 $30.00 $30.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $485.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $7158.51 $6673.51 $6673.51
Year Total     $20505.53

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Training in autism and behavioural science will enhance staff in industries such as school boards, community treatment agencies, hospital/clinical settings, private agencies or independent contractors as an instructor therapist or behaviour therapist.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1426)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
EDUC8200 Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis

Description: Students will be introduced to the principles of applied behavioural 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 behavioural analysis.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

EDUC8210 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Description: 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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

EDUC8220 Specialized Instructional Strategies

Description: 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.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

EDUC8230 Working with Families and Teams

Description: This course presents students with theories, terminology, and applications underlying current approaches to teamwork and working with the families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The focus will be on effective collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, which is essential to successful intensive behavioural intervention. Students will develop the interpersonal, job-oriented skills necessary to problem-solve as team members in a flexible, empathetic, resourceful, and productive manner.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

EDUC8240 Ethics and Professionalism

Description: Students will be introduced to the foundations of ethical thinking and will review the different approaches and rationale for ethical decision-making within a behavioural framework. Students will learn how to think critically and apply general ethical principles to particular situations through the use of case studies, practice vignettes, structures exercises and group discussions. Students will also learn how to evaluate their own professional expertise and limitations for ongoing professional development planning.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
EDUC8260 Behavioural Skill Building

Description: This course presents students with theories, terminology, and applications underlying current approaches to teamwork and working with the families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 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.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: EDUC8200, EDUC8210
CoRequisites:

EDUC8270 Parent and Staff Training

Description: Students will be introduced to techniques for training others specifically to implement behavior change plans. They will learn and practice techniques for individual and group presentation formats for the training of families or professionals. Students will also learn how to maintain procedural integrity, use of performance feedback, evaluate the effects of training and understand the challenges that may impact before during and after mediator training.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: EDUC8200, EDUC8210, EDUC8230
CoRequisites:

EDUC8280 Treating Challenging Behaviours

Description: Students will be introduced to a variety of procedures used to assess and treat challenging behaviours presented by individuals with autism / Autism Spectrum Disorder. The topics covered will 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. Emphases will be placed on ethical considerations such as the utilization of the least intrusive, least restrictive model and “effective treatment”. Techniques covered will include antecedent control strategies, schedules of reinforcement, extinction, differential reinforcement strategies, social stories, desensitization procedures, and decelerative procedures.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FPLT8100 Field Placement I (Autism and Behavioural Science)

Description: Field Placement I will provide a practical opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes of the prerequisite and co requisite subjects. The placement consists of 140 hours of participation in an ABA/IBI program for children with ASD. The student will develop technical skills through the application of their knowledge and have the opportunity to observe and practice the ethical application of behavioural principles/techniques.
This field placement course is delivered under the supervision of a college faculty member and an identified on-site professional/practitioner. Students will receive training and feedback in the implementation of ABA intervention strategies and participate in clinical case reviews. Students will be required to present, submit and revise, as directed assignments. Students will participate in self and supervisor evaluations of generic and ABA skills.
Hours: 140
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: OHS1320
CoRequisites:

Level 3
EDUC8290 Transition Planning and Implementation

Description: Students will be prepared to assist in planning and mediating transitions for children with ASD within and across home, school and community settings. Topics will include models for effective transition planning, assessment and evaluation, understanding differing perspectives on transitions within and across environments, developing collaboration and relationship with parents and professionals, understanding transition practices and relevant legislation and practice in the use of transition assessment and evaluation tools.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FPLT8110 Field Placement II (Autism and Behavioural Science)

Description: Field Placement II will provide a practical opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes of the pre-requisite and co-requisite subjects. The placement consists of 210 hours of participation in an ABA/IBI program for children with ASD. The students will further develop their technical skills through application of their knowledge and have the opportunity to observe and practice the ethical application of behavioural principles/techniques.
Hours: 210
Credits: 7
Pre-Requisites: FPLT8100
CoRequisites:

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The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2017 Brantford Closed
SEP, 2018 Brantford Open
** Status applicable to domestic students
Program status for international students

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