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Behavioural Sciences

Available: Winter, Fall

Program Description

The Behavioural Sciences diploma program gives you the opportunity to study the theory and clinical applications of the branch of applied psychology known as behavioural science. As a student in the Behavioural Sciences program, you will learn about Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which is the science of understanding, analyzing and modifying human behaviour.

In the classroom and through your field placements, you will learn about the many clinical applications of ABA. One focus area for the program is the application of behavioural science to the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. You will also learn about interventions in other clinical areas, such as gerontology, mental health, forensics and corrections. As a student in this program you will gain insight into the context of behavioural intervention as you learn about issues like family support, community integration and risk management.

This program will prepare you to seek employment as an instructor therapist in government-funded or private Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) programs. You will also be qualified to work as a behaviour technician in the new government-funded ABA-based support programs. As a graduate of this program, you would be able to seek employment in the school system as an educational assistant or educational resource facilitator, providing support to students with ASD, behavioural challenges or other exceptionalities. Completing this program will also qualify you to seek employment in settings where an understanding of behavioural intervention is necessary, such as group homes, community living centres and other specialized agencies.

Field Work

Field work is a critical part of the Behavioural Sciences program. Your field work placements will give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and to apply what you have learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. In your field placement, you will work in a professional capacity, with specified job tasks, clinical responsibilities, time management requirements, contracted hours of work, expectations of teamwork and appropriate interpersonal interactions. You will assume the role of a beginning professional in a supervised field-placement setting, working within an employeremployee relationship.

You will be evaluated on the basis of an approved learning contract as agreed upon by you, the approved fieldwork agency and Seneca College's Behavioural Sciences program. This work calls for you to have the ability to be self-aware, reliable, sensitive, facilitative and mature enough to focus on the needs and interests of others.

Program Availability

Our Behavioural Sciences program offers a fall start and a winter start with different delivery formats. If starting the program in the fall you’ll study in our traditional format over 24 months with a summer break after second semester.

If starting the program in the winter you’ll study in our continuous study format with classes delivered over 16 months. In the winter start you’ll take classes over four consecutive semesters (winter, summer, fall and winter) without a break in semesters to graduate faster. 



4 Semesters (Fall start - 24 months, Winter start - 16 months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

Your Career

As a student in this program, you will graduate with a deep understanding of the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and the broad range of their possible applications. You may choose to pursue a rewarding career as a behavioural interventionist in the field of autism, a field which offers many employment opportunities. You could also seek employment in the school system as an educational assistant or educational resource facilitator or in a specialized position within the school system's everincreasing ABA-based services. Your career path may also lead you to employment in correctional facilities, group homes or other specialized centres that need staff who can implement behavioural intervention plans for individuals with behavioural challenges or other exceptionalities.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Prior To Field Placement

  • Current Police Vulnerable Sector screening


Although not required for admission, one of the following Grade 12 math courses is recommended for your success in the program:

  • MHF4(U) (Advanced Functions)
  • MCV4(U) (Calculus and Vectors)
  • MCT4(C) Mathematics for College Technology (recommended grade 60% or over).

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Laura Cavanagh 416.491.5050 ext. 55623

Program Chair

Gary Galbraith 416.491.5050 ext. 55010

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network