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Classroom and Community Support (Certificate)

Interested in Classroom and Community Support? Apply to the Diploma Program. Students who wish to complete the CCS Certificate must apply for admission to the CCS Diploma program. Students may graduate after completing the 1.5-year certificate requirements or continue on to complete the 2-year diploma.
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 45.0
Length: Three semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Certificate
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Winter
program overview
The Classroom and Community Support Certificate Program provides students with specialized knowledge and skills to help promote the development, education, well-being and citizenship of children and adults with disabilities. Courses cover advocacy, augmentative and alternative communication, disability issues, inclusive education, employment and behaviour supports, teaching techniques and more. Students complete at least two workplace practicums to gain hands-on experience in a community setting.

NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 45 credits
  • 25% 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 the adult and child.

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

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Year 1
CCSD 1121 Personal and Professional Development 1.50
CFCS 1130 Change and Development: Lifespan 3.00
CCSD 1140 Introduction to Practice 3.00
CCSD 1150 Teaching and Learning: Foundations 3.00
CCSD 1170 Exploring Exceptionalities 1.50
CCSD 1220 Working with Others 3.00
CCSD 1250 Teaching and Learning: Adaptations and Modifications 3.00
CCSD 1260 Alternative and Augmentative Communication 3.00
CCSD 1270 Perspectives on Disability 1.50
CCSD 1240** Practicum I 4.50
Total Credits   27.00
Year 2
CCSD 2230 Support Across the Lifespan 3.00
CCSD 2334 Supporting Families 1.50
CCSD 2335 Person-Centered Thinking and Accountability 1.50
CCSD 2350 Teaching and Learning: Positive Behaviour Supports 3.00
CCSD 2370 Personal Assistance 1.50
CCSD 2340** Practicum II 4.50
Total Credits   15.00
* 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 for Credential 45.00

** CCSD 1240 and CCSD 2340 may be taken up to a maximum of two times.

career transfer pathways
Employment rates are high in all Classroom and Community Support (CCS) fields of practice. Graduates from the CCS program can choose from a variety of opportunities: School districts employ graduates of the certificate/diploma programs as special education assistants; community living agencies and micro-boards offer employment in respite support, life skills, day programs, residential settings, family homes and supported employment programs; and post-secondary institutions employ graduates as instructional facilitators. 
Further Education
About 95 percent of our graduates choose to complete the full diploma as compared to the certificate. The CCS Diploma Program provides a block transfer into several related university degrees and is preferred by some employers.
other information
The "Flexible Options" - Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit

The Classroom and Community Support program prides itself on its ability to recognize the skills and qualifications of experienced practitioners. If you:

  • have at least two years of full-time equivalent experience working with children or adults with an intellectual disability, and/or
  • are an experienced practitioner in a related field, and/or
  • have applicable public post-secondary credits
then the flexible options (our transfer credit and prior learning assessment process) may be for you. 

Experienced practitioners may earn up to 75 percent of a credential (up to 45 academic credits) based on assessment of their previous work/life learning. Transfer credit from approved university transfer and non-university transfer courses can also be used towards a credential.

Individuals interested in the flexible options should contact the Classroom and Community Support department for more information.

admission 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 department-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).
Preferential Admissions
Admission to programs within the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies is contingent upon availability of seats and applicant ranking as determined by a process of selective admission evaluation. 

To be considered for a seat in the program, applicants must meet all admission criteria. The selective admission process uses a structured format to evaluate all applicants in relation to the admission criteria established for the program. 

Following this review, applicants are ranked according to the degree to which they have met the admission criteria and their demonstration of communication skills, motivation to enter the program and knowledge of the demands of the profession. 

NOTE: Applicants are advised to meet all admission criteria as early as possible to demonstrate preparedness and motivation for obtaining a seat in the program.

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.

curriculum notice

There is an upcoming curriculum change scheduled.
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