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
Not Specified
Diploma in Classroom and Community Support (possible specializations in Aboriginal Stream or Behaviour Intervention)
Length of Program
Four semesters
Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • 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
  • 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)

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

Graduation Requirements:

  • 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 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 both adult and child

It is recommended that diploma students complete their English Language requirement in their first semester, or before the start of their third semester.

Course Requirements:

Aboriginal Stream Students: Completion of the CFCS Aboriginal Stream courses noted below will exempt you from completing the courses noted with a (+)

Course Number Course Title Credits
Year 1
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
Plus 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
Total Credits   30.00
Year 2
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
DACS 2421 Supports for Children and Youth with Disabilities 3.00
DACS 2431** Contemporary Practice in Adult Supports 3.00
DACS 2420 Personal and Professional Leadership 3.00
DACS 2440 Service-Learning 3.00
DACS, CFCS, UT Elective (+) Students may choose for their elective any department-approved CFCS course, any UT course, or DACS 3430 (ASD Across the Lifespan) 3.00
Total Credits   30.00
Total Credits for Credential 60.00

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

* CMNS 1216 or CMNS 1217 may be used as a substitution for (CCSD 1220 or DACS 2320)

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

Students who were admitted to the program prior to Fall 2018:


Aboriginal Stream (+)

Students in the Aboriginal Stream will complete one practicum (4.5 credits) and the four following courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
CFCS 1112 Working in Communities 3.00
CFCS 1142 Introduction to Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Work (rather than the equivalent course DACS 1140 or CCSD 1140) 3.00
CFCS 2212 Aboriginal Children, Youth and Families: Transforming Legistlation and Policies (equivalent to elective credit) 3.00
CFCS 2332 Strengthening the Family Spirit: Working from Aboriginal Perpectives with Elders' Teachings (rather than the equivalent courses CCSD 2334 and CCSD 1121, or DACS 1280 as a course substitution) 3.00

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
  • DACS 1241: Behaviour Intervention practicum in 4th semester