The Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis (DABA) credential is an advanced certificate (post diploma/degree) that provides graduates with comprehensive knowledge and skills in the application of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) within a disability context.
This credential is intended to build on lower-level coursework and to present a consistent professional standard of education and qualifications via specialized courses. The core of the program is built on the principles of ABA, an evidence-based, scientific approach to changing human behaviour.
The DABA credential is the only bachelor-level program in BC that is approved by both the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) and the Teacher Qualification Service (TQS). These approvals make the credential highly attractive to professionals aspiring to become Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) and/or K-to-12 teachers working toward a higher pay level and specialized knowledge base.
The DABA program has partnered with Simon Fraser University (SFU) to offer a BA Psychology Major with Applied Behaviour Analysis Concentration
DABA courses can also be used as specialty or elective courses within a number of degree programs at Douglas College and other institutions, including the University of Calgary, University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University.
International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International
This program is offered evenings across three semesters and must be completed in one academic year. Some courses are online, but students must be available for in-person courses each semester. Students must take all DABA program courses offered in a semester unless they have approved transfer credit.
|DACS 5111: Disability in Context + (3 credits)**
||DACS 5112: Autism Spectrum Disorder Community of Practice: Selected Topic I + (1.5 credits)
||DACS 5113: Autism Spectrum Disorder Community of Practice: Selected Topic II + (1.5 credits)
|DACS 5121: Applied Behaviour Analysis: Basic Principles *+ (3 credits)
||DACS 5122: Applied Behaviour Analysis: Behavioural Techniques *+ (3 credits)
||DACS 5123: Applied Behaviour Analysis: Research and Applications *+ (3 credits)
* - approved by BACB® for BCaBA coursework + - approved by TQS
** DACS 3430 may be used as a substitute for DACS 5111.
career transfer pathways
The increase in the number of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD ) (estimated at one in 88 children in B.C.) has created a shortfall of qualified practitioners to plan and deliver effective evidence-based education and treatment services in the community, as well as a shortage of specialized teachers in the K-12 school system. Applied Behaviour Analysis methodology can also be successfully incorporated into many other education, health and human service professions.
The Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis (DABA) Advanced Certificate prepares graduates to become assistant behaviour consultants and analysts. Current K-12 teachers can use the specialized knowledge to increase their skillset and move toward a higher pay scale.
For general Douglas College admission requirements, please see General Admission Requirements.
- General College Admission Requirements AND
- Have a graduate or bachelor degree with a minimun cumulative GPA of 2.0 OR be enrolled in 3rd or 4th year of a bachelor degree program from a recognized institution and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33, OR have completed a 2-year diploma or 60 credits from a recognized institution and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or equivalent
- Submit a Letter of Intent outlining the reasons for choosing this program, long- and short-term goals, and strengths and limitations.
- Submit an up-to-date resume.
- Submit two professional letters of reference that support your application.
The selective admission process uses a structured format to evaluate all applicants in relation to the degree to which they have met the admission criteria.
Admission to programs within the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies is contingent upon availability of seats and applicant ranking as determined by a process of selective admission evaluation.
To be considered for a seat in the program, applicants must meet all admission criteria. The selective admission process uses a structured format to evaluate all applicants in relation to the admission criteria established for the program.
Following this review, applicants are ranked according to the degree to which they have met the admission criteria and their demonstration of communication skills, motivation to enter the program and knowledge of the demands of the profession.
NOTE: Applicants are advised to meet all admission criteria as early as possible to demonstrate preparedness and motivation for obtaining a seat in the program.
You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page.
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Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.