Classroom and Community Support - Behaviour Intervention (Diploma)

Learning Format
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment


Gain the specialized knowledge and skills needed to work with 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. You'll be able to practice what you've learned in three workplace practicums - one of which will take place in a Behaviour Interventionist setting.

You’ll graduate ready to work as a Behaviour Interventionist 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, 88 percent  of Classroom and Community Support program graduates find work in the field after graduation. (source: B.C. Student Outcomes).

Program Requirements

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:

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
* 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 2370 Personal Assistance 1.50
DACS 2380 Person Centred Planning and Community Building 3.00
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 1241** Behaviour Intervention Practicum 3.00
DACS 3430 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Across the Lifespan 3.00
Total Credits   30.00
Total Credits for Credential 60.00

DACS 1240, DACS 2340 and DACS 1241 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:

Admissions Requirements


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

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Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Classroom Support Worker 
  • Community Support Worker 
  • Day Program Coordinator 
  • Education Assistant
  • Aide Employment Support
  • Specialist Employment/Job Coach 
  • Indigenous Education Assistant 
  • Inclusive Education Assistant 

Program Guidelines

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.