This program will meet the requirements of individuals currently employed or seeking employment in K–12 Aboriginal education, both in public and Band-operated schools as First Nations Support Workers. This program is culturally relevant and responsive to the needs of the Aboriginal community.
The program is designed to ladder into the Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC), a 90-credit certificate designed by the local Halq'eméylem language authority, Stó:lõ Shxweli. The DSTC has been approved by the B.C. College of Teachers as a certification requirement to teach this Aboriginal language in elementary schools.
Upon completion of the ACLS program, students are able to further their education in several ways. Those who have made the decision to pursue the DSTC can do so by applying to SFU. Or, graduates of the ACLS diploma program may prefer to pursue a UFV degree in Integrated Studies, Social Work, or Arts. A third option is to pursue a Bachelor of Education program at SFU or UBC.
Note: Students may be required to attend at a group interview.
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.
Apply online at ufv.ca/admissions/apply.
Personal suitability of applicants will be assessed using a point rating system. Points are awarded for past academic education, all work or volunteer experience (social services or other), demonstrated writing ability, reference letters, personal statement, and the group interview. The group interview generally consists of four to six student applicants and two SWHS department members. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their career goals and knowledge of the field, and are expected to demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and life skills.
The Aboriginal Culture and Language Support diploma is two years in duration and is completed in a full-time capacity.
|Halq'eméylem Language I
|Interpersonal Communications for Human Services
|Stó:lõ Nation Development
|Halq'eméylem Language II
|Math for the Elementary School Teacher
|Topics in Literature
|Introduction to Aboriginal Culture and Language Education
|Intermediate Halq'eméylem I
|Supporting Students in Schools
|Intermediate Studies in Aboriginal Culture and Language Education
|Stó:lõ Communications and World View
|One lab science course (see Note 2)
|Intermediate Halq'eméylem II
|Stó:lõ Social Structure
|Contemporary Issues and Policies in Aboriginal Education
|Aboriginal Culture and Language Practicum (see Note 3)
Note 1: Some courses will be dependent upon enrolment and may be cost recovery.
Note 2: Students should choose a lab science course that is acceptable to the education program they wish to pursue. Please consult an Education Advisor.
Note 3: A program GPA of 2.00 is required for practicum placement.
Nore 4: Students who do not complete a prerequisite course may be allowed to register for a subsequent course at the discretion of the department head. UFV reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is insufficient registration.
Acceptance into the program does not guarantee practicum placement. Placement into the practicum will be at the discretion of the instructor. A program GPA of 2.00 is required for practicum placement. Students will be individually assessed during the third semester as to their readiness for the practicum in terms of skills, attitudes, and knowledge. The ability to pass a criminal record check is a prerequisite for most placements and a professional appearance is necessary. Practicum students must adhere to the host school's dress code. Practica placement in the student's home community is not guaranteed. Transportation for all practica is the student's responsibility.
Students currently working as an Aboriginal Support Worker with at least three years work experience in an educational setting may be able to challenge FNST 230. Challenge options are to be discussed, by appointment, with the department head.
A program GPA of 2.00 (C average) is required for practicum placement and graduation.
All FNST courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students who are not making satisfactory progress may be required to withdraw from the program. Unsatisfactory progress can include:
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
To be eligible to graduate, students must achieve a minimum program GPA of 2.00 (C average) and successful completion of FNST 230 (practicum).
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.