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School and Community Support Worker certificate

This guide has been prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at UFV. Please review the information provided on this page thoroughly before contacting your academic advisor with questions.

 

Overview

This one-year, 31-credit program prepares students to work with children and adults with diverse abilities. Under the supervision of classroom teachers, graduates work in schools as Education Assistants to support students’ academic goals, address behavioural issues, and assist with personal care. Working in community and residential settings, graduates work with clients to develop and facilitate goals that increase community inclusion and support daily living activities.

The program can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. Part-time students may enroll in any available program course provided they meet the stated prerequisite and there is space. Part-time students may not be able to access all required courses in sequence. Qualifying Studies students and students in other programs may be able to enroll in some required courses if they meet the stated prerequisite and there is space.

Some credits are applicable to the Social Service Worker diploma program. Consultation with an Academic Advisor is recommended.

Assessment of prior learning is available for qualified students.

 

 

Program structure and requirements

Semester I

CourseTitleCredits

CMNS 125

Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences

3

or ENGL 105

Academic Writing

 

SOWK 110

Introduction to Social Work and Human Services

 

HSER 120

Interpersonal Communications for Human Services

3

HSER 190

Introduction to Community and School Support

3

HSER 192

Supporting Students in Schools

3

Semester II

CourseTitleCredits

HSER 131

Practicum

7

HSER 195

Relationships and the Community

3

HSER 196

Personal Care for Persons with Disabilities

3

SOWK 225

Human Behaviour and the Social Environment

3

or PSYC 250

Introduction to Developmental Psychology  

 

Where can I find a list of courses for the program?

You can access a list of all approved and required courses for your program in two ways:

 

First time using MyGRADplan?

Visit MyGRADplan website to get login instructions and review tutorials. Specifically, you will want to learn about the 'What if' and 'Look ahead' features as they will be most helpful in your course planning.

 

Workload

 

 

Pick
4-5 courses per semester

 

Expect
15 hours per week in class

 

And at least
15 hours per week
for homework

 

You may take this program part-time, but this will create a delay in practicum and graduation.

Practicum

As part of the program, you also have one practicum to complete:

  • HSER 131 — School and Community Support Worker practicum

Note: You must complete prerequisites and submit the required documents to take practicum.

Questions about the practicum?
Visit the student practicum page or email hserinfo@ufv.ca.

 

 

Suggested course plan

Note: HSER and SOWK courses are only offered certain semesters.

Fall (Sept-Dec)Credits

ENGL 105 or CMNS 125

3

SOWK 110

3

HSER 120

3

HSER 190

3

HSER 192

3

Total credits

15

 

Winter (Jan-Apr)Credits

HSER 131 (Practicum)

7

HSER 195

3

HSER 196

3

SOWK 225/PSYC 250

3

Total credits

16

 

Orientation and welcome gathering

Practicum orientation is held in June. If you do not receive an invitation, please email hserinfo@ufv.ca.

The School of Social Work and Human Services will also have a welcome gathering in the fall for your specific program. An invitation will be sent to your UFV student email.

Make sure to check your UFV student email regularly for updates.

 

Next steps

Prepare for registration

Watch tutorials, review information on fee payment, important dates, and more.

Explore courses of interest

Find official course descriptions and outlines in the Academic Calendar.

Track your degree progress

Access your program audit & identify the requirements that are needed for graduation.

 

 
Still have questions?

Book an appointment with an academic advisor or email your questions to advising@ufv.ca.

If you are starting in the fall, book your next appointment prior to the winter registration (October).

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