What will I learn?

If you want to work in the growing and highly specialized field of applied behaviour analysis, 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.

It's important to note that this program is not a generalist counselling/psychology program. Students completing this program should be interested in the learning about the field of applied behaviour analysis.


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.


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

Common positions include:

  • behaviour therapist
  • educational assistant
  • rehabilitation counsellor
  • adolescent care worker
  • instructor therapist
  • crisis worker
  • residential counsellor
  • mental health worker

Which department am I in?

St. Lawrence College

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,000.00 (9,40,071) per year
Ancillary Fees: CAN $2,072.25. Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2022


Kingston Campus

100 Portsmouth Avenue,


Ontario (ON),

K7L 5A6, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

Grade 12 English at the C or U level
Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level (Grade 12 Math at the C, U or M level recommended)
One of Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Science at the C, U or M level, excluding Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science)

English Language Requirements

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): A minimum score of 78 on the internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test

IELTS (International English Language Test Service): A minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each section

CAEL (Canadian Adult English Language Assessment): An overall score of 60 is required

EIKEN (Test in Practical English Proficiency): A minimum score of Pre-1 is required

MELAB: A minimum score of 80 is required

PTE: Pearson Test of English Language scores of 55 or higher is required

Cambridge English: Test scores of 173 of higher is required


About St. Lawrence College

St. Lawrence College in South Eastern Ontario is ideal for international students looking for an immersive Canadian educational experience.

  • SLC has welcomed thousands of International students
  • Professors at SLC are experts in their industries
  • Excellent support services to help students feel at home
  • Welcoming community and social environment