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. 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.


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

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

Semester IV 

CCSD 2431** Contemporary Practice in Adult Supports 3
CCSD 2420 Personal and Professional Leadership 3
CCSD 2440* Service-Learning 3
CCSD 2480 Community Building 3
CCSD, CFCS, UT Elective 3

Students may choose for their elective any department-approved CFCS course, any UT course, or DACS 3430 (ASD Across the Lifespan).

* CCSD 1240, CCSD 2340 and CCSD 2440 may be taken up to a maximum of two times.

** CFCS 2410 may be used as a substitution for CCSD 2431 for students who have taken CFCS 2410 prior to Fall 2015.

CCS Additional Graduation Requirements

English Exit Requirement

Certificate and diploma students are required to complete their English Language exit requirement prior to graduating. 

It is recommended that diploma students complete their English Language exit requirement before the start of their third semester.


The CFCS exit 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 exit requirement course are over and above the 45 credits (certificate) or 60 credits (diploma) required for the program.

Students who plan to transfer to a Bachelor Program should consult their Program Coordinator about transfer requirements. Most Bachelor programs require two English/Communications courses prior to transferring into third year. Some Bachelor programs will not accept more than one of CMNS 1110 or CMNS 1115 or English 1130.

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 adult and child.

Aboriginal Stream

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

CFCS 1112 Working in Communities (equivalent to CFCS 1110)
CFCS 1142 Introduction to Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Work (equivalent to CCSD 1140)
CFCS 2212 Aboriginal Children, Youth and Families: Transforming Legistlation and Policies (equivalent to elective credit)
CFCS 2332 Strengthening 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:

  • DACS 3430: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Across the Lifespan
  • BHIN 1240: Behaviour Intervention practicum in 4th semester