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.
Skills and Abilities: This honours degree program is based on a behavioural framework, scientifically demonstrated to be effective in developing life skills with a wide range of clients in institutional and community settings. This approach increases a client’s desirable behaviours through teaching, practice and encouragement.
Using a structured approach, a behaviourist provides assistance to:
Children - to better manage their behaviour in the classroom and improve their social skills;
Children with autism - to improve communication and play;
People with developmental disabilities - to take care of themselves and be able to utilize community resources;
Young offenders - to improve their social skills and manage their anger;
Persons with psychiatric disorders - to reduce their stress and structure their day;
Persons with acquired brain injuries - to redevelop life skills;
Adult offenders - to manage their substance abuse and improve their problem-solving skills;
and much more!
These skills are developed through classroom learning as well as 1,100 hours of full-time supervised placements in a variety of settings.
Workload: In several semesters in second and third year, class time is shortened to 8 or 7 weeks respectively, to allow for full-time field placements. In third year, students also complete a 6 week compressed semester during May and June. Currently, the program is not offered through distance education. Part-time education may be considered on a person-to-person basis (ie: students with accommodations). Therefore, students should consider limiting their part-time working hours to 10 hours or less per week. This program is academically demanding and students should be prepared to be challenged.
Samples of student work: Among the uses to which student course work may be put by the institution is the following: anonymized copies of student work (essays, exams and other) submitted in courses may be made available to subject matter experts as a part of the quality assurance process for academic degree programs.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Visit www.bacb.com for more information.
St. Lawrence College has been granted a renewal of consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a five-year term starting 06/06/14. The college shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).
Behavioural Psychology Supplement
Detailed handout on this program
Field placement handout
...focuses on what our students can offer a wide range of employers while on placement ...and beyond.
CSC Field placement handout
...focuses on what our students can offer Correctional Service Canada while on placement ...and beyond.
March 2010 ONTABA Newsletter: Feature article about our program
2008 Newspaper Article: "Women in Business Co-Sponsor Bachelor of Applied Arts – Behavioural Psychology Program"
2005 Magazine Article: "Change is Good - A Story of St. Lawrence College"
Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at ontariocolleges.ca and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.