The Classroom and Community Support Certificate Program provides students with specialized knowledge and skills to help promote the development, education, well-being and citizenship of children and adults with disabilities. Courses cover advocacy, augmentative and alternative communication, disability issues, inclusive education, employment and behaviour supports, teaching techniques and more. Students complete at least two workplace practicums to gain hands-on experience in a community setting.
NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
* It is recommended that certificate students complete their English Language requirement in the first semester, or before the start of the third semester.
|Course Number||Course Title||Credits|
|CFCS 1130||Change and Development: Lifespan||3.00|
|DACS 1140||Introduction to Practice||3.00|
|DACS 1150||Teaching and Learning: Foundations||3.00|
|DACS 1170||Characteristics of Exceptionalities||3.00|
|DACS 1250||Teaching and Learning: Universal Design for Learning||3.00|
|DACS 1256||Teaching and Learning: Introduction to Communication and Behaviour||3.00|
|DACS 1270||Perspectives on Disability||1.50|
|DACS 1280||Foundations of Family Support||3.00|
|DACS 1240**||Practicum 1||4.50|
|* Select one course from the following 4 options:|
|CMNS 1110||Workplace Writing for Child, Family and Community Studies||3.00|
|CMNS 1115||Practical Writing||3.00|
|ENGL 1130||Academic Writing||3.00|
|UT English Course||Any UT English course with a grade of C-||3.00|
|DACS 2320*||Working with Others||3.00|
|DACS 2356||Teaching and Learning: Supporting Communication and Behaviour||3.00|
|DACS 2380||Person Centred Planning and Community Building||3.00|
|DACS 2370||Personal Assistance||1.50|
|DACS 2340||Practicum 2||4.50|
|Total Credits for Credential||45.00|
Students who were admitted to the program prior to Fall 2016:
Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:
Employment rates are high in all Classroom and Community Support (CCS) fields of practice. Graduates from the CCS program can choose from a variety of opportunities: School districts employ graduates of the certificate/diploma programs as special education assistants; community living agencies and micro-boards offer employment in respite support, life skills, day programs, residential settings, family homes and supported employment programs; and post-secondary institutions employ graduates as instructional facilitators.
About 95 percent of our graduates choose to complete the full diploma as compared to the certificate. The CCS Diploma Program provides a block transfer into several related university degrees and is preferred by some employers.
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.
The Classroom and Community Support program prides itself on its ability to recognize the skills and qualifications of experienced practitioners. If you:
Experienced practitioners may earn up to 75 percent of a credential (up to 45 academic credits) based on assessment of their previous work/life learning. Transfer credit from approved university transfer and non-university transfer courses can also be used towards a credential.
Individuals interested in the flexible options should contact the Classroom and Community Support department for more information.