Curriculum Guideline

Classroom and Community Support (Diploma)

Effective Date:
Program Code
Applied Community Studies
Classroom & Community Support
Credential Type
Transcript Title
Class & Comm Support Diploma
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Diploma in Classroom and Community Support (possible specializations in Aboriginal Stream or Behaviour Intervention)
Length of Program
Four semesters
Admissions Requirements
  1. General College Admission Requirements.
  2. 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.
  3. Two additional professional reference letters attesting to the applicant's suitability to the program.
  4. A current resume.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A Criminal Record Check (information will be provided by the Office of the Registrar).
  8. A completed medical suitability form.

Aboriginal Stream

Applicants to the Classroom and Community Support Diploma Part-time 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.

Curriculum Framework

Semester I

CFCS 1110 Introduction to Community3
CCSD 1121Personal and Professional Development1.5
CFCS 1130Change and Development: Lifespan3
CCSD 1140Introduction to Practice3
CCSD 1150Teaching and Learning: Foundations3
CCSD 1170Exploring Exceptionalities

Semester II

CCSD 1220Working with Others3
CCSD 1250Teaching and Learning: Adaptations and Modifications3
CCSD 1260Alternative and Augmentative Communication3
CCSD 1270Perspectives on Disability1.5
CCSD 1240Practicum I4.5

Semester III

CCSD 2230Support Across the Lifespan3
CCSD 2334Supporting Families1.5
CCSD 2335Person-Centered Thinking and Accountability1.5
CCSD 2350Teaching and Learning: Positive Behaviour Supports3
CCSD 2370Personal Assistance1.5
CCSD 2340Practicum II4.5

Semester IV 

CFCS 2410Advanced Issues: Reflection and Integration3
CCSD 2420Personal and Professional Leadership3
CCSD 2440Service-Learning3
CCSD 2480Community Building3
CCSD, CFCS, UTElective3

Students may choose for their elective any department-approved CFCS course, any UT course, or CCSD 2430 (ASD Across the Lifespan).

Aboriginal Stream

Students in the CFCS Aboriginal Stream will complete a practicum and the following substitute courses:

CFCS 1112Working in Communities (equivalent to CFCS 1110)
CFCS 1142Introduction to Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Work (equivalent to CCSC 1140)
CFCS 2212Aboriginal Children, Youth and Families: Transforming Legistlation and Policies (equivalent to elective credit)
CFCS 2332Strengthening the Family Spirit: Working from Aboriginal Perpectives with Elders' Teachings (equivalent to CCSD 2334 and CCSD 1121)

Behaviour Intervention Specialty

Students who wish to receive a Behaviour Intervention specialty designation with their diploma must, in addition to the required diploma courses specified in program content (above), take:

  • CCSD 2430: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Across the Lifespan
  • the Behaviour Intervention practicum within the CCSD 2440 Service-Learning course