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Classroom and Community Support (Diploma)

Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Winter
program overview
The Classroom and Community Support Diploma 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. 

The diploma provides a block transfer into several related university degrees. Students can also choose to complete a Behavioural Intervention (autism) specialty with their diploma.

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

Aboriginal Stream Students: Completion of the CFCS Aboriginal Stream courses noted below will exempt you from completing the courses noted with a (+)

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
Plus 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 2380 Person Centred Planning and Community Building 3.00
DACS 2370 Personal Assistance 1.50
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 2440 Service-Learning 3.00
DACS, CFCS, UT Elective (+) Students may choose for their elective any department-approved CFCS course, any UT course, or DACS 3430 (ASD Across the Lifespan) 3.00
Total Credits   30.00
Total Credits for Credential 60.00

DACS 1240, DACS 2340 and DACS 2440 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:

Aboriginal Stream (+)

Students in the Aboriginal Stream will complete one practicum (4.5 credits) and the four following courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
CFCS 1112 Working in Communities 3.00
CFCS 1142 Introduction to Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Work (rather than the equivalent course DACS 1140 or CCSD 1140) 3.00
CFCS 2212 Aboriginal Children, Youth and Families: Transforming Legistlation and Policies (equivalent to elective credit) 3.00
CFCS 2332 Strengthening the Family Spirit: Working from Aboriginal Perpectives with Elders' Teachings (rather than the equivalent courses CCSD 2334 and CCSD 1121, or DACS 1280 as a course substitution) 3.00

Behaviour Intervention Specialty

Students who wish to receive a Behaviour Intervention specialty designation with their diploma must, in addition to the required diploma courses specified in program content (above), take:

  • DACS 3430: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Across the Lifespan
  • DACS 1241: Behaviour Intervention practicum in 4th semester
career transfer pathways
Ninety-five percent of Classroom and Community Support (CCS) Program graduates find work within two months of graduation. They choose from a variety of opportunities: school districts hire graduates 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. Students who earn the Behaviour Intervention Specialty with their diploma can also work as Behaviour Interventionists in all these settings.   
Further Education   
The CCS Diploma Program block-transfers into several university degree programs:   
Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Service - Athabasca University    
Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation - University of Calgary    
Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care - Douglas College, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, University of the Fraser Valley      Bachelor of Adult Education - University of the Fraser Valley   
Bachelor of Disability Studies - Ryerson University
Transferring from other programs 
The Classroom and Community Support Program encourages applications from graduates of other Community Support Worker and Special Education Teacher's Assistant certificate programs into our diploma semester (4th semester). Graduates of the Behaviour Intervention Certificate program, once accepted into the CCS Diploma Program, will receive 13.5 transfer credits.
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 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 Part-time 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.

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.

The CFCS Aboriginal Stream offers four courses and a practicum where you can earn credits towards a Child and Youth Care Diploma or a Classroom and Community Support Diploma. 

Courses are taught by First Nations and Métis faculty with elders' support, and have been developed with the guidance of our partners at Vancouver Native Health, Elders and our Advisory Circle members. For more information see the CFCS Aboriginal stream department page

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

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