Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis (Advanced Certificate)

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Program Code
Applied Community Studies
Disability & Community Studies
Credential Type
Advanced Certificate
Transcript Title
Dis & App Beh Analysis Adv Cer
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis Advanced Certificate
Length of Program
One year
Admissions Requirements


  • General College Admission Requirements AND
  • Have a graduate or bachelor degree with a minimum 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.


Curriculum Framework


This program must be completed in one academic year. Some courses are online, some hybrid, and some in-person. Students must take all DABA program courses offered in a semester unless they have approved transfer credit.

Year 1

DACS 4114: Functional Behavior Assessment and Clinical Applications*+ (3 credits)

DACS 4123: Applied Behaviour Analysis: Research and Applications *+ (3 credits)

DACS 4115: Ethics in ABA* (3 credits)

DACS 4122: Foundational Principles and Empirical Basis of Behaviour Analysis *+ (3 credits)

DACS 3430: Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

DACS 4116: Advanced Topics in ABA: Intervention *+ (3 credits)

* - approved by BACB® and ABAI for 5th Ed. BCaBA coursework + - approved by TQS

** DACS 5111 or DACS 4111 may be used as a substitute for DACS 3430.

Students who were admitted to the program prior to Fall 2020:

Learning Outcomes


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 a bachelor-level program in BC that is verified by the Association of Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) and approved by the Teacher Qualification Service (TQS). These approvals make the credential highly attractive to professionals aspiring to become Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analysts (BCaBA) and/or K-to-12 teachers working toward a higher pay level and specialized knowledge base.

As a provider of an ABAI verified course sequence (VCS), please go to the BACB website and view the published VCS Pass Rates. You can find the pass rates of previous Douglas College students by selecting the BCaBA pass rate information. Should you see a gap in the data, note that pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year.

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, such as the BA in Applied Psychology, as well as other institutions, including the University of Calgary, University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University.

NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.