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Employment Supports Specialty

Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Disability & Community Studies
Credits: 15.0
Length: Two semesters
Credential: Advanced Certificate
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Offered: Winter, Fall
program overview

Do you want to help people with barriers find - and keep - meaningful employment? 

The Employment Supports Specialty Advanced Certificate gives you with a solid foundation in contemporary perspectives on disability in relation to vocational supports and services for youth at risk and people with disabilities, mental illness and other barriers to employment.

The program addresses the training needs of practitioners working in the fields of education and human services as well as professionals whose work involves enhancing employment outcomes for diverse populations.

The Employment Supports Speciality program is the only academic program of its kind in Western Canada. Courses are approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Association for continuing education credits and are accepted as third or fourth year electives in many degree programs. 

Study at your convenience - courses are offered online, part time. Earn credit for previous learning through the workplace and activities such as volunteer and community service through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

curriculum framework

Semester I




DACS 5111*

Disability in Context


DACS 5131

Introduction to Employment Supports


MARK 3220

Marketing Essentials





Semester II

DACS 5132

Application of Employment Supports


DACS 5133

Employment Support Specialty: Advanced Issues




 * DACS 3430 may be used as a substitute for DACS 5111.

admission requirements

1. General College Admission Requirements AND

2.  (Category A) Applicants who already have earned a graduate or bachelor degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 OR who are currently in 3rd or 4th year of a bachelor degree program from a recognized institution and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33  OR Applicants who have completed a 2-year diploma or 60 credits from a recognized institution and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or equivalent.

3. (Category B) PLAR candidates who have less than a 2 year diploma or 60 credits from a recognized institution must have a minimum of 2 years FTE work experience in the field, AND attend a personal interview AND submit samples of work based writing as determined by the department.

4. A Letter of Intent outlining the reasons the candidate has chosen this program, long- and short-term goals, and strengths and limitations.

5. An up-to-date resume.

6. Two professional letters of reference that support your application.

program cost

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

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum 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.

upcoming info sessions
Tuesday 5:00 PM September 17, 2019 COQ room: #A1470 register»
Thursday 5:00 PM September 19, 2019 NWC room: #N2201 register»
Overcoming barriers Pippin Brown ESS student Pippin Brown helps her clients find meaningful jobs. Read story