- September 06, 2022
- In Class
- Combined Online
Tuition & Fees
International: CAD $13,776
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $550
We are no longer accepting applications for international learners for the September 2022 intake.
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.
The links below are examples of where you might work as a certificate or diploma graduate in Disability Studies.
This is a province wide not-for-profit association. It supports people with developmental disabilities or brain injury.
A professional association for workers in Alberta supporting people with disabilities.
An organization that brings hope and help to people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The Calgary SCOPE Society is a non-profit agency improving lives for persons with developmental disabilities in Calgary and area for over 30 years! SCOPE works with children, adults, seniors and families as respected, contributing members of Calgary’s communities.
The Children’s Link Society helps families and professionals who deal with children with special needs.
Inclusion Alberta is a non-profit federation that advocates for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Early childhood programs, schools, and community services helping every child reach their potential
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.
To develop and provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to attain a personal level of achievement and excellence in life!
- Alberta Disability Workers Association
- Autism Calgary
- Children's Link
- Inclusion Alberta
- Providence Child Care
- Renfrew Education Services
Course Listings Request More Information
- Credit in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent
- 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
- Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test
English language proficiency requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should see the English language proficiency requirements page for details.
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.
Transfer opportunities are available to a variety of institutions. Transfer credits are reviewed and accepted on an individual basis by the institution to which you apply. Here are the most current transfer agreements:
- Athabasca University: Bachelors of Professional Arts: Human Services Major
Students who graduate from the certificate program are required to complete an additional 30 university level credits prior to being admitted into the Bachelor of Professional Arts program.
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Full course outlines are available here.Curriculum subject to change.
This first-year composition course introduces learners to academic writing and critical thinking. They read and analyze sociopolitical, cultural, and gender issues in texts with an emphasis on experiences of people whose voices were historically silenced, particularly those of Indigenous communities in Canada. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing source material. Learners present their written assignments professionally according to APA formatting guidelines.
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. This course requires a C to be considered a pass.
Planning involves being able to envision a positive and valued future for and with the person and their network of allies. This course evaluates current planning strategies with emphasis on the philosophical principles and values inherent in those strategies. Learners practice writing clear implementation plans incorporating elements of inclusion, empowerment, and individualization.
This course develops knowledge of the history, philosophy, legislation, values, trends and issues 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.
Through practice and reflection, learners nuture personal and professional relationships using interpersonal communication skills. With a focus on other-oriented communication, learners demonstrate how inequities and power dynamics influence relationships.
This course introduces the historical and contemporary models of services and supports for those who face barriers in employment. Learners examine practices to engage people in the discovery of personal and professional potential through employment and community contribution. Emphasis falls on the importance of creating and sustaining valued roles for people with disabilities in society.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of human growth and development and typical behavioural responses throughout the lifespan. You will analyze human development across four domains: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. Emphasis is placed upon the stages of development and their linkage to common events occurring during these stages.
This course introduces the concept of human behaviour as communication. Learners examine positive behavioural strategies supporting individuals at home, school, work, and community.
This practicum gives learners 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: 9 credits of DCSC/DCSD program.
This course introduces the general principles and key strategies to promote mental health and wellness. Learners examine the co-existence of developmental disabilities and mental health. Focus falls on the critical importance of day-to-day supports for mental health and wellness.
Optional International PracticumCredit
Prerequisite: Departmental approval
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.
Disability Studies Diploma
Diploma graduates work in challenging and diverse careers supporting the well-being of children, adults and families with disabilities. Work as an autism therapist, as a behavioral specialist in schools, or as a team leader in adult services.