Location
Start Dates

  • August 30 2018
Duration

2Terms

Course Delivery

  • In Class
  • Any-time Online
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $4,371
International: CAD $12,584

Program Description

Build a rewarding career where you'll help children and adults live to their potential. This program will prepare you to support the well-being of people with disabilities. Take an active role in creating inclusive and diverse communities. 

The demand for a well-educated workforce in this field is growing. Schools, companies, and communities are becoming more inclusive in their programs and services. They're looking for you as a valuable team player. 

Graduates may study for an extra two terms and earn a Disability Studies Diploma.

Experience innovative classroom learning strategies and practical opportunities. The program is running face to face and online. Classes are generally scheduled between 8 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday.  

 

Before applying for the online program. Learners living outside of Alberta should Contact the Program Coordinator at 403-410-1650. It is important to discuss insurance regulations on practicum.

Learners in the face-to-face full-time program write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) in semester one

 

Additional Information

The links below are examples of where you might work as a certificate or diploma graduate in Disability Studies.

Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) 

This is a province wide not-for-profit association. It supports people with developmental disabilities or brain injury.

Alberta Disability Workers Association 

A professional association for workers in Alberta supporting people with disabilities.

Autism Calgary 

An organization that brings hope and help to people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Children’s Link

The Children’s Link Society helps families and professionals who deal with children with special needs.

Inclusion Alberta 

Inclusion Alberta is a non-profit federation that advocates for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Providence Child Care 

Early childhood programs, schools, and community services helping every child reach their potential

Renfrew Education Services 

Renfrew Educational Services is a leader in program development for children with special needs.

There are also positions for education assistants in classrooms for children with a disability.

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Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca


Admission Requirements

Academic requirements
  • Credit in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent

Or

  • Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test, that consists of five tests, with a minimum score in the following sections:
    • Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
    • Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score

Or

  • Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test

 

Pre-practicum requirement

The Disability Studies program includes practicum placements in agencies where employers require a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS). Results of this check may restrict opportunities for placement in a practicum. The Police Information Check must be obtained before the start of the practicum and may need to be renewed more than once while enrolled in a program. 

English language proficiency requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should see the English language proficiency requirements page for details.

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Course Listings Request More Information
Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca

Course Listing


Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

This first-year composition course provides students with a solid grounding in the processes that writers use to communicate clearly in the academic context. By reading and analyzing texts from a broad spectrum of purposes, cultures, historical periods, and disciplines, students develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others. Students learn to quote, paraphrase, and summarize the work of other authors, prepare documents according to APA format, and write research papers.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Combined Online In Class

Disability Studies is a study of the social, cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives of disability. It is grounded by the belief that the creation of knowledge about disability should be WITH/BY disabled people themselves. This course will provide learners with the historical background of disability and the contexts and paradigms it currently uses today.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

Developing a vision WITH a person involves being able to envision a positive and valued future for and with the person and their network of allies. This course introduces the learner to the process of planning a vision with people with disabilities. Current planning strategies will be reviewed and critiqued and emphasis will be on the philosophical principles and values that underlie each approach. Learners will practice writing clear implementation plans that incorporate the practices of inclusion, empowerment, and individualization in the planning process.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

This course develops knowledge of the history, philosophy, legislation, values, trends and isues related to exceptional learners. It explores student inclusion and provides a wide overview of exceptionalities ranging from mild to severe and child to adulthood. Access and retrieval of information on exceptionalities is emphasized.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

Learners explore principles of interpersonal relationships and communication, considering the roles of culture, perception, and listening therein. They practice verbal, nonverbal, conversational, and computer-mediated messaging necessary for effective communication within personal and professional contexts.

Course Delivery:
Blended

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

This course is an introduction to the historical and contemporary models of services and supports for those who face barriers in employment. It will introduce practices that engage people to discover their personal and professional potential through employment and community contribution. An emphasis will be placed on the importance of creating and sustaining valued roles for marginalized people in society.

Course Delivery:
In Class Any-time Online

This course provides a comprehensive overview of human growth and development and typical behavioural responses throughout the lifespan. You will analyze human development across three domains: biological, psychological, and sociological. Emphasis is placed upon the stages of development and their linkage to common events occurring during these stages.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Combined Online In Class

This course introduces learners to the concept of human behaviour as communication, as well as the approaches and techniques that may be used in response to difficult and challenging behaviours demonstrated by a person with disabilities. The focus is on designing "positive behavioural change strategies" for a variety of settings: home, work, school, community. These strategies will include teaching functional skills as well as supporting communication development and positive behavioural change.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

This practicum provides learners with the opportunity to begin integrating theory and practice in the provision of support services to people with disabilities. Learners are placed in community and agency settings and supervised by agency staff. Weekly seminars provide opportunity for reflection and the integration of theory and practice.
Pre- or co-requisite: 12 credits of DCSC/DCSD program.

Course Delivery:
In Class Any-time Online

This course is an introduction to the general principles and strategies of mental health and mental health for people with developmental disabilities. Key strategies in promoting wellness with and for persons with disabilities will be examined.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online

Program FAQs

Yes, there is a 135-hour practicum in this certificate. There are a wide range of choices of setting, from early intervention, autism services, schools, and adult community-based services. The College places learners based on their interests and skills.

Yes. There is a face-to-face delivery and an online delivery. Many online learners complete their certificate part-time.

The program starts in September. It has fall, winter, and optional spring courses.

There is a high employment demand for individuals working in the field of disability. You may work in a daycare, a school, or an adult service. Some positions are Monday to Friday, daytime, but others involve weekend and shift work.

The Disability Workers Association is working to have its members accredited by the Government of Alberta.

Salaries vary, with workers in daycares and schools paid less than workers in adult services. It currently ranges from $16 an hour to $25 an hour.

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