Disability Studies Diploma

Of all the roles in human services, this is one of the most rewarding. You will make a real difference for people who need it most. You will learn how to support the well-being of children and adults with disabilities while taking a leadership role in creating inclusive and diverse communities. This 16-month (4 semesters) program will provide you with a rewarding career using your skills in advocacy, policy, leadership, and counseling to support children and adults with disabilities and their families. The diploma program will equip you to act as a team leader, designing multilevel plans and meeting funding requirements.

Employment

After graduation, you can work in a leadership role in a variety of services that support children and adults with disabilities, including educational settings, not-for-profit community agencies, employment agencies, or directly with families.

PROGRAM LENGTH

16-months (4 semesters).

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Credit in English 30-1 or 60% in English 30-2 or equivalent.

OR:

  • Successful completion of the General Equivalency Development (GED) test with a standard score of 520 in Language Arts: Reading and Writing.

OR:

  • Satisfactory results on the BVC Admissions Test.

OR:

  • Successful completion of nine one-credit Support Strategies Courses, followed by six credits of program coursework for a total of 15 credits.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

  • See English Language Proficiency Requirements for details.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Students will be required to travel to various locations in order to complete their practicum placements. Every effort is made to accommodate students in placements within the time frame of the program, however, in rare instances, there may be a delay in program completion until a placement can be arranged. A current Police Information Check (PIC) with Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) must be submitted prior to practicum placements.

TRANSFERABILITY

Bow Valley College has a number of transfer agreements in place with other leading Canadian colleges and universities.

Program taught in:
  • English

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