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Behavioural Science (Fast-Track)

Available at: Kingston


If you want to work in the growing and highly specialized field of applied behaviour analysis, as well as learn related therapeutic treatments, the Behavioural Science program is where you want to be. For over four decades, the Behavioural Science program has trained students to work front-line with a wide range of client populations in a variety of areas within the human services field. Students are taught how to develop and implement behavioural interventions to teach skills to clients and/or reduce challenging behaviours. 

Students interested in this program should have a strong desire to work with populations who present with complex behavioural, cognitive, emotional and/or psychological issues. They should also be comfortable to work with any population that presents with disruptive behaviours and/or intellectual challenges. Students coming to the program need to be prepared to complete practicum placements working with any of the client populations listed below under career opportunities. Our program trains students in specific treatment options that can be applied to work with any individual who presents with challenges rather than preparing students to work with only one or a specific client population.

Frequently Asked Questions-Three year Advanced Diploma & Fast Track Options

Check out the student opportunities to be involved with the Centre for Behavioural Studies.

This program is not open to International students.


Our students learn how to:

  • Teach children to manage their behaviour and learn adaptive skills;
  • Assist people with intellectual disabilities to access community resources, learn new skills, and live more independently;
  • Teach youth at risk to improve social skills, manage interfering behaviours, and meet treatment goals;
  • Support persons with mental health challenges to reduce their stress, build self-management skills and organize daily activities;
  • Assist clients with acquired brain injuries to learn functional skills and develop life skills;
  • Work with offenders in correctional facilities to build positive skills and behaviours;
  • Recognize what an addiction is and understand various ways to prevent addiction and manage recovery.

Students complete three field placements where they receive experience and practical training in the skills they have learned in the classroom. Our program has many field placement possibilities in a variety of interesting and dynamic settings.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employed in the following areas: Addictions, Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Child, Adolescent and Adult Mental Health, Education, Corrections/Forensics, Brain Injury, Long Term Care/Geriatrics.

Program Name

Behavioural Science (Fast-Track)

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

10 months

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

To view a detailed fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

Additional Costs

Students are required to finance all costs associated with out of town field placements (ie: transportation and accommodation).

The final placement (INTN 13) completed in May/June falls outside of the tuition fees outlined above which only cover classes that are offered in the September to April semesters. Single course fees for this course therefore will apply.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1 - Program of study currently being updated for all semesters.
BEHA 25 Functional Behavioural Assessment
BEHA 5 Non-violent Crisis Intervention
BEHA 72 Behavioural Measurement Techniques
WORK 17 Field Placement Seminar
BEHA 1 Forensic Behavioural Intervention
BEHA 20 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
PSYC 53 Overview of Addictions
INTN 11 Field Placement I

Semester 2
BEHA 6 Behavioural Medicine and Pharmacology
BEHA 16 Selected Topics in Behaviour Analysis
BEHA 7 Brain Injury and Rehabilitation
BEHA 21 Acceptance-Based Therapies
PSYC 54 Adult Mental Health Disorders
BEHA 17 Reduction Strategies
BEHA 14 Acquisition Strategies
BEHA 28 Group Behavioural Therapy
INTN 1012 Field Placement II

Semester 3
INTN 13 Field Placement III

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    • Minimum of a post-secondary degree with a specialty in Psychology or related discipline that includes Abnormal Psychology course(s)
    • BEHA 5455 Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis I & II (This course must be completed in the spring term before attending. Fees apply.)*

    *Note: All students must successfully complete BEHA 5455 via online study in the Spring semester (May to July) before attending. Applicants who accept their offers are sent information about registering for the course along with specific details regarding fees, content and textbooks. Final acceptance into the program is conditional upon passing BEHA 5455. Tuition fees for this course are separate from the tuition fees shown on this page.



    Criminal Background Check:
    Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

    Health Requirements


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    My education at St. Lawrence College gave me the start I needed. It was an excellent foundation for my career and now, 28 years after graduating, I credit SLC for giving me the ability to provide front-line (and later administrative) behavioural services to the education community.

    Debra Cockerton

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    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    Classes may be scheduled any time between 8:30am - 8:30pm.

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