Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis

Important Notice

This program is not active. Please contact Department Chair for more information.

Learning Format
Partially Online
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment


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 Behaviour 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 Behaviour Analysts (BCaBA) and/or K-to-12 teachers working toward a higher pay level and specialized knowledge base.

As a provider of a BACB 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.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

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

Admissions 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.


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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Career 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.

Program Guidelines

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.