York Humber Applied Behaviour Certificate

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About The Program:

The Behaviour Science: An Application of Technology (ABA) Program at Humber College is a unique, part-time, post graduate certificate program that provides enhanced educational and practical skills in the growing and demanding field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, dual diagnosis, acquired brain injuries and other complex needs.

The Program offers graduates opportunities to become specialized resource assistants and teachers, enhanced developmental service, child  and  youth and early intervention workers, behaviour technicians, behaviour consultants within the community, social services, mental health and school systems. Graduates have enhanced their current positions or received positions in other employment areas.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board  has approved Humber College’s Behaviour Science Program course sequence as meeting the 4th 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.

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Admission Requirements:

  •  A degree in a related area such as Psychology, Social Work, Education, etc.
  •   A diploma in a related human services area such as Developmental Service Worker, Social Services Worker, Child and Youth Worker, Early Childhood Education, Nursing, Gerontology, etc., and Experiential:  Working or volunteering with individuals with a developmental disability, or  being a family member of an individual with a developmental disability.


There are 6 compulsory courses:

  • DSW 800: Introduction to Behaviour Technology: Applied Behaviour Analysis and Behaviour Theory (Blended)
  • DSW 801: Behaviour Technology I: Applications of Behavioural Methodology & Specialized Strategies (Blended)
  • DSW 802: Behaviour Technology II: Principles, Processes and Positive-Based Procedures (Blended)
  • DSW 803: Functional Behavioural Assessment & Program Evaluation (Blended)
  • DSW 804: Field Practice (Placement & Online)
  • DSW 805: Professional Practice (Online)

Unique Benefits for York University  Psychology Students:

  •  If a York university  student does successfully complete “Behaviour Modification & Behaviour Therapy” (PSYCH 4030.6) and graduate, the student can get an exemption for DSW.800 (the first course)
  •   6-Month Option: March – August (becomes 4 months with exemption / May start)
  •   10-Month- 1 Year Option: September- June / August (becomes 8-10 months with exemption / November start)
  • Placement Opportunities - Police check (vulnerable persons), Crisis / Prevention Intervention (CPI) or Safe Management (SMG) training, CPR and First Aid training, advanced planning by student and faculty (must seek out your own placement)
  •   Students will have another highly respected, specialized credential in 4 months to 1 year.
Contact Information:

For more information and to apply to the Program, please contact:

John Kosmopoulos, M.A., BCBA.  Program Coordinator, Professor

Email:  john.kosmopoulos@humber.ca

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