Classroom and Community Support (Diploma)
The Classroom and Community Support Diploma provides you with specialized knowledge and skills to help promote the development, education, well-being and citizenship of children and adults with disabilities. You’ll learn about advocacy, augmentative and alternative communication, disability issues, inclusive education, employment and behaviour supports, teaching techniques and more. During the program you’ll complete two workplace practicums and a service-learning practicum, allowing you to gain hands-on experience in a community support worker setting. You can also choose to complete a Behaviour Intervention (autism) specialty with your diploma.
Job prospects after graduation
Once you graduate, you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of settings, including elementary and high schools, respite support, day programs, residential settings, family homes and supported employment programs, as well as post-secondary institutions. On average, close to 95 percent of Classroom and Community Support program graduates find work within two months of graduation. (Source: DACSO Student Outcomes Survey 2017-2019).
International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
- Successful completion of 60 credits.
- 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College for students using transfer credit from other institutions, and/or have successfully challenged courses through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).
- 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 either or both adult and child.
|CFCS 1130||Change and Development: Lifespan||3.0|
|DACS 1140+||Introduction to Practice||3.0|
|DACS 1150||Teaching and Learning: Foundations||3.0|
|DACS 1170||Characteristics of Exceptionalities||3.0|
|DACS 1250||Teaching and Learning: Universal Design for Learning||3.0|
|DACS 1256||Teaching and Learning: Introduction to Communication and Behaviour||3.0|
|DACS 1280+||Foundations of Family Support||3.0|
|DACS 2320||Working with Others||3.0|
|DACS 2370||Personal Assistance||1.5|
|DACS 1240+||Practicum I||4.5|
|DACS 1270||Perspectives on Disability||1.5|
|DACS 2341||Diploma Practicum||1.5|
|DACS 2356||Teaching and Learning: Supporting Communication and Behaviour||3.0|
|DACS 2380||Person Centred Planning and Community Building||3.0|
|ENGL 1130*||Academic English||3.0|
|DACS 2420||Personal and Professional Leadership||3.0|
|DACS 2421||Supports for Children and Youth with Disabilities||3.0|
|DACS 2431||Contemporary Practice in Adult Service||3.0|
|Total Credits for Diploma||60.0|
** Students may choose 2 University Transfer electives. The DACS Department may approve specific non-U.T. courses as substitutes for U.T. electives on an individual basis.
+ Aboriginal Stream Students: Completion of the CFCS Aboriginal Stream courses: CFCS 1142 may substitute for DACS 1140; CFCS 2212 may substitute for a UT elective; CFCS 2332 may substitute for DACS 1280; CFCS 1242 may substitute for DACS 1240.
Students who were admitted to the program prior to Fall 2020:
- CCSD 1170 and BHIN 1230 or BHIN 1230 and CCSD 1121 or CCSD 1170 and CCSD 1121 may be used as a substitution for DACS 1170.
- CCSD 2350 or CFCS 2391 may be used as a substitution for DACS 2356.
- CCSD 2340 or DACS 2340 may be used as a substitution for DACS 2341 and one of the electives**.
- CMNS 1210, or CMNS 1216, or CMNS 1217, or CMNS 2316, or CMNS 2317 or ENGL 1130, or CMNS 1110, or CMNS 1115 may be used as a substitute for DACS 2320.
Classroom and Community Support Diploma - Behaviour Intervention Specialty
Students who wish to receive a Classroom and Community Support Diploma - Behaviour Intervention Specialty designation with their diploma must take:
Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:
- General College Admission Requirements
- Applicants who have completed 9 or more post-secondary credits must be in good academic standing (with a minimum GPA of 1.5) for admission into any CFCS program.
- Provide evidence of completion of at least 60 hours of supervised work (paid or volunteer) in a field-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.
- Two additional professional reference letters attesting to the applicant's suitability to the program.
- A current resume.
- 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.
- Applicants may be required to participate in an interview with the department to further determine suitability to the program.
- A Criminal Record Check (information will be provided by the Office of the Registrar).
Applicants to the Classroom and Community Support Diploma program - Aboriginal Stream must complete a program-specific application form.
Priority will be given to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and to those who work for Aboriginal child, youth and family-serving agencies. Applicants will participate in an individual or group interview to determine suitability for admission into Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Studies Stream.
Ninety-five percent of Classroom and Community Support (CCS) Program graduates find work within two months of graduation. They choose from a variety of opportunities: school districts hire graduates 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. Students who earn the Behaviour Intervention Specialty with their diploma can also work as Behaviour Interventionists in all these settings.
The CCS Diploma Program block-transfers into several university degree programs: Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Service - Athabasca University Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation - University of Calgary Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care - Douglas College, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, University of the Fraser Valley Bachelor of Adult Education - University of the Fraser Valley Bachelor of Disability Studies - Ryerson University
Transferring from other programs
The Classroom and Community Support Program encourages applications from graduates of other Community Support Worker and Special Education Teacher's Assistant certificate programs into our diploma semester (4th semester). Graduates of the Behaviour Intervention Certificate program, once accepted into the CCS Diploma Program, will receive 13.5 transfer credits.
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 "Flexible Options" - Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit
The Classroom and Community Support program prides itself on its ability to recognize the skills and qualifications of experienced practitioners. If you:
- have at least two years of full-time equivalent experience working with children or adults with an intellectual disability, and/or
- are an experienced practitioner in a related field, and/or
- have applicable public post-secondary credits
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.
When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.