Curriculum Guideline

Classroom and Community Support (Certificate)

Effective Date:
Program Code
Applied Community Studies
Classroom & Community Support
Credential Type
Transcript Title
Classroom & Comm Support Cert.
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Certificate in Classroom and Community Support
Length of Program
Three semesters
Admissions Requirements
  1. General College Admission Requirements.
  2. Applicants who have completed 9 or more postsecondary credits must be in good academic standing (with a minimum GPA of 1.5) for admission into any CFCS program.
  3. Provide evidence of completion of at least 60 hours of supervised work (paid or volunteer) in a department-related setting. Applicants will be mailed a verification of volunteer/work experience form after they have applied to the program. Forms are to be completed by the applicant's direct supervisor.
  4. Two additional professional reference letters attesting to the applicant's suitability to the program.
  5. A current resume.
  6. A letter of intent from the applicant, stating the reasons for choosing the program, long and short term goals, and the applicant's related strengths and limitations.
  7. Successfully participate in a formal orientation and selection process to determine suitability and readiness for training. Suitability is determined on the basis of an overview of an applicant's emotional stability, physical health, formal education, the ability to work in a team setting and life experience.
  8. A Criminal Record Check (information will be provided by the Office of the Registrar).
  9. A completed medical suitability form.



Curriculum Framework

Semester I

Course Title Credits
CFCS 1110 Introduction to Community 3
CCSD 1121 Personal and Professional Development 1.5
CFCS 1130 Change and Development: Lifespan 3
CCSD 1140 Introduction to Practice 3
CCSD 1150 Teaching and Learning: Foundations 3
CCSD 1170 Exploring Exceptionalities 1.5

Semester II

CCSD 1220 Working with Others 3
CCSD 1250 Teaching and Learning: Adaptations and Modifications 3
CCSD 1260 Alternative and Augmentative Communication 3
CCSD 1270 Perspectives on Disability 1.5
CCSD 1240 Practicum I 4.5

Semester III

CCSD 2230 Support Across the Lifespan 3
CCSD 2334 Supporting Families 1.5
CCSD 2335 Person-Centered Thinking and Accountability 1.5
CCSD 2350 Teaching and Learning: Positive Behaviour Supports 3
CCSD 2370 Personal Assistance 1.5
CCSD 2340 Practicum II 4.5

CCS Additional Graduation Requirements

English Exit Requirement

Certificate and diploma students are required to complete their English Language exit requirement prior to graduating. The CFCS exist requirements are as follows:

"C-" or higher in CMNS 1110 or CMNS 1115 (or equivalent - see Transfer Guide)* OR

"C-" or higher in ENGL 1130 (or equivalent - see Transfer Guide)* OR

"C-" or higher in a university transferable English literature course.

To take CMNS 1110, CMNS 1115 or ENGL 1130 in order to meet your English Language exit requirement, you are advised that:

  • English 12 with a "B" (or equivalent) or the Douglas College Computer-based English Assessment is required to take CMNS 1110 or ENGL 1130.
  • The three credits from the English exist requirement course are over and above the 45 credits (certificate) or 60 credits (diploma) required for the program.
  • CMNS 1110, or ENGL 1130 cannot be used as one of your program electives.  If you take both CMNS 1110 and ENGL 1130, one of these courses can be used as an elective. (These notes also apply to students who take CMNS 1115 instead of CMNS 1110).


Students may be exempt from taking a three credit academic writing course if they have achieved:

  • An "A-" or higher in each of the following first-semester courses: CFCS 1110, CFCS 1130 or ECED 1100, plus all first-semester program required courses with a letter grade.  Students in the Program of Sign Language Interpretation must achieve "A-" or higher in CFCS 1110, CFCS 1130 and INTR 1225
  • Upon special request, PLAR Practitioners with a satisfactory portfolio of workplace writing may also be exempt.

Students are responsible for providing all necessary documentation to demonstrate English Entrance and Exit Policy requirements or equivalencies.

First Aid Certificate

Students are required to submit a copy of a current First Aid with CPR Certificate.  The course may be Standard or Emergency First Aid, with the training consisting of a minimum of 8 hours.  The CPR must include training for both the adult and child.