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Online Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Course Code: CCSD 1100
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter
course overview

This online course is for classroom and community support practitioners with at least two years of experience who are preparing to earn credit toward a Classroom and Community Support credential. Students may earn up to 75% of a credential based on assessment of their work/life learning. Students will work with an instructor within a Web CT environment and will learn how to use various methods of communication to support their completion of a wide range of prior learning assessments.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Reflective self-assessment, linking theory to practice, critical thinking and problem solving are integral components of exemplary practice in the fields of education support and community living
  • Practitioners are required to communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of modalities that include technology
  • There are a large number of non-credentialed community living practitioners in BC.  As accreditation becomes a reality, many practitioners are looking to receive acknowledgement of their work/life learning.  This has resulted in prior learning assessment and recognition becoming a significant component of Classroom and Community Support programs.

Methods of Instruction

Student self-directed online learning, 1:1 instruction

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

CCSD 1100 is a Mastery course.

On-line quizzes, self-assessments, reflective narratives, case studies and personal interviews, demonstration by audio/video tape, other.

Courses earned as a result of CCSD 1100 Online Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition will be graded in the same way as stated in each courses' Curriculum Guideline.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Practice self–assessment of Classroom and Community Support knowledge, attitudes, values and skills
    • Reflects on own knowledge, attitudes, values and skills
    • Links personal learning evidence to program themes and course learning outcomes
    • Identifies resources for feedback
    • Initiates learning objectives and plans to bridge gaps and improve abilities
    • Seeks out new learning resources and opportunities.
  2. Demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving across multiple contexts
    • Uses problem solving and critical thinking strategies to link learning to a variety of assessment situations
    • Problem solves issues as they arise, seeking assistance when necessary.
  3. Communicate clearly in a variety of ways
    • Communicates in an effective, respectful and timely manner
    • Accesses the course at least once a week
    • Writes clearly with sufficient depth and breadth, especially through online technologies
    • Investigates, incorporates and shares helpful resources
    • Solicits, receives and incorporates feedback
    • Cooperatively meets time lines and resolves conflict.
  4. Use a variety of computer related technologies effectively
    • Works comfortably in an online environment such as WebCT
    • Uses distance based communication such as e-mail, phone and web cameras.

course prerequisites

COUN 151 Gateway Assessment for CCSD 1100

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.