Curriculum Guideline

Classroom and Community Support (Diploma)

Effective Date:
Program Code
Applied Community Studies
Disability & Community Studies
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 specialization in Behaviour Intervention)
Length of Program
Two years
Admissions Requirements

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).

Aboriginal Stream

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.

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 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.

Course Requirements:

                                            Year 1  
                                       Course Title Credits
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
  Year 2  
Course Title Credits
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
DACS 2440 Service-Learning 3.0
  Elective**+ 3.0
  Elective ** 3.0
  Total Credits for Diploma 60.0

*CMNS 1110 or CMNS 1115 may be substituted for ENGL 1130.

** 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:

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:

  • DACS 3430: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Across the Lifespan as one of their electives.
  • DACS 1241: Behaviour Intervention practicum as a substitution for DACS 2440.