- January 07, 2019
- May 02, 2019
- August 29, 2019
- January 07, 2020
- Any-time Online
Tuition & Fees
International: CAD $12,223
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $200
Students have up to 3 years to complete online courses and practicum (most students complete in 2 to 3 years). Students have a maximum of 4 months to complete each course.
This certificate prepares you to care for individuals with FASD.
One of the unique challenges of FASD is the different ways it can impact people. This is due to the variety of ways alcohol affects brain development. The conditions include mental health issues, addictions, school difficulty, and difficulties maintaining employment.
To help you develop the skills to help those with FASD, you will study addiction, the justice system, and more. This program is suitable for graduates of Bow Valley College’s diploma programs in Practical Nurse, Early Learning and Child Care, Education Assistant, Disability Studies, Addiction Studies, and Justice Studies.
The focus on FASD is growing, as is the demand for those with the knowledge to support it. This is the only program offered at this level in Canada.
This program is offered online. Students have up to three years to complete online courses and their practicum. Students have a maximum of four months to complete each course.
If you plan to do your practicum outside of Alberta, you must speak to the Program Coordinator before applying for the program. Contact 403-410-1650 to speak to the program coordinator.
Web links for the FASD Education Certificate
- Credit in English 30-1 or 65% or better 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
The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Education 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
- IELTS score of 6 with a minimum band score of 5.5
- TOEFL score of 83
- Bow Valley College Academic English 2 with a grade of B-
- Canadian Language Benchmarks score of 8 in each strand
- Successful completion of an Alberta Education English Language Arts course that is consistent with the specified academic admission requirements of the career program
- Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction
- Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction
- See English language proficiency requirements for details.
Learners that have completed post-secondary diplomas or degrees may receive some advanced credit. Please see the Transfer Credit and Prior Learning page for more information.
Curriculum subject to change
Courses in program
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.
The various challenges families and caregivers for members with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder include - divorce, death, poverty, violence are critically reviewed. Approaches are given to working in partnership with parents, and caregivers, across the cultural diversity in Canada today.
This course offers an introduction to the challenges faced by individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, their families, support workers, and the community. Topics include terminology, assessment/diagnostic processes, and primary and secondary characteristics as they present across the lifespan. Emphasis is on components and functions of the brain and the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on attention, memory, cognition, language, sensory perception, social emotional behaviours and impulsivity.
This course is an overview of Canada's First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. Historical and current issues are covered, including languages, stories of origin, different band treaties, and current issues of ownership over land, water and governance.
This practicum and associated seminars provides learners with the opportunity to begin integrating theory and practice in the provision of support services to people with FASD. 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.
Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: 12 credits of FASDE program
This course looks at various types of addictions and their impact on individuals. It looks at substances and their impact on body mind and behavior, and addresses substances by category and by individual addiction to understand their history, appeal risks and impact. Emphasis is given on addictions treatment theory and services.
This course offers an examination of the various types of prevention and intervention initiatives at the regional, provincial and national judicial levels. Emphasis is on strategies that create holistic community supports including those that address safety issues, sexuality, abuse and interactions with the legal/justice systems.
This course examines instructional and behavior support techniques that are used in classrooms where students may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. It focuses on assessment, and individual program planning and the role of the educational assistant and teacher in the team.
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.
Yes, this program is only delivered online. Many learners complete the certificate part-time over two to three years.
Yes, the FASD Education Certificate has a 135-hour practicum. The program works with the learner to find a service which fits their interests and location.
This is the only FASD Education Certificate program in Canada.
Learners who have an interest in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, because of experiences in their services sectors. This includes foster parents, daycare workers, classroom teachers and assistants, youth workers, addiction counselors, and adult disability service workers.
Yes, new roles at your agency may open up or you may enter employment based on this certficate.
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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.
Would you like to work in a school with children who have diverse learning needs? Join our certificate program.