Graduate Certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science

General

Read more about this programme on the school's website

Programme Description

Combine expert services and compassion

Providing compassionate and state-of-the-art care to those with Autism and their caregivers is what the Fanshawe Autism and Behavioural Science program is all about. Your expertise upon graduating will have a direct influence on people's lives, making their world a better place.

Not only that, your expertise will be in demand. The significant escalation of the incidence rate for autism (estimated at 1 in 165 children) has created a shortfall in the number of specialists who can deliver quality services. Upon graduation, you'll be ready to help fill this shortfall with your advanced knowledge of autism, and awareness of effective intervention techniques with two field placements and academic study.

Autism and Behavioural Science is also offered as a Weekend College program.

Designed for working professionals, students attend class one weekend per month and participate in weekly lessons delivered online.

Other Information

Students who graduate from this program and wish to transfer to another Community Studies program at Fanshawe College may qualify for some internal credits that have already been achieved.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Assess and analyse the characteristics, skills, and behavior of individuals with ASD to effectively implement evidence-based behavioral interventions.
  2. Design and implement effective behavioral intervention plans under appropriate supervision and based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral 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 behavioral 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.

Courses

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • BSCI-6001 Applied Behaviour Analysis Intro
  • BSCI-6002 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • BSCI-6012 Specialized Instructional Strategies
  • BSCI-6004 Working With Families & Teams
  • BSCI-6018 Ethics & Professionalism
  • FLDP-6004 Field Placement 1

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • BSCI-6015 Behavioural Skill Building
  • BSCI-6016 Parent & Staff Training
  • BSCI-6009 Treating Challenging Behaviours
  • BSCI-6010 Transition Planning & Implementation
  • FLDP-6005 Field Placement 2

Programme Residency

Students must complete a minimum of 10 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.

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Admission Requirements

  • Child and Youth Care College Advanced Diploma

or

  • Early Childhood Education College Diploma

or

  • Social Service Worker College Diploma

or

  • Developmental Services Worker College Diploma

or

  • A Degree in Social Sciences

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

A major in sociology or psychology is recommended for applicants with a university degree.

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

The following items are applicable to the program and are time-sensitive. Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement 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

Career Opportunities

Autism Services and Children's Services, including Instructor Therapists, private providers of Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI), Autism Specialists in service agencies and school boards to deliver programs for individuals with Autism.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including ... Read More

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including more than 6,000 international students from 97 different countries. Read Less
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