Social Work and Human Servicesufv.ca/swhs
This program prepares students to work with children and adults with disabilities. Graduates are employed as Education Assistants in schools, in residential settings, and other community support roles. Education Assistants work under the supervision of classroom teachers to support students’ academic goals, address behavioural issues, and assist with personal care.
The program focuses on knowledge and skills needed by front-line workers in school and community settings, including professional ethics and standards, the history of service delivery, philosophies of helping, adaptive technologies, communications, and creating inclusive communities.
The program can be taken on a full- or part-time basis.
Some courses in the Community Support Worker certificate will apply to the Social Services diploma, and many courses can be used towards other diploma and degree programs.
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.
If the program is full, qualified students will be placed on a temporary waitlist. If a space becomes available before September 1, students will be contacted. After September 1, the waitlist is void.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. Courses numbered HSER 190, 192, 195, and 196 are offered on a cost-recovery basis with higher tuition fees. In addition to tuition and required textbooks, there will be other expenses as well, including criminal record checks and travel to and from practicum sites.
See the Social Services diploma section for details.
A GPA of 2.0 is required for practicum placement. Students’ readiness for practicum will be individually assessed based on their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviour. Placement into practicum is at the discretion of the instructor. A criminal record check completed through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General is required before practicum placement. Students must be 19 years of age or older to undertake a practicum.
Students wanting a certain type of practicum may be required to complete a block practicum in May and June (six to eight weeks full-time). Students currently working in the field may be able to apply for Prior Learning Assessment for part of the practicum. See the Program Advisor for more information. Students can enhance their certificate by completing continuing education courses in sign language, computer skills, food safety, and other relevant support skills.
Note: A valid first aid certificate is required for practicum placement.
See the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
Some of the Community Support Worker certificate courses may apply toward the Social Services diploma program.
Students who would like to apply to the Social Services diploma program, on either a full- or part-time basis, must apply to that program on or after October 1 for the following September start. Students must submit a UFV application and a letter requesting permission from the School to be admitted to the diploma program.
|CMNS 125||Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences||3|
|HSER 120||Introduction to Interpersonal Communications||3|
|HSER 127||Practicum Seminar||1|
|HSER 190||Introduction to Community Support||3|
|SOWK 110||Introduction to Social Work and Human Services||3|
|SOWK 225||Human Behaviour and the Social Environment||3|
|HSER 192||Supporting Learner Development||3|
|HSER 195||Relationships and the Community||3|
|HSER 196||Personal Care for Persons with Disabilities||3|
|Total program credits||31|