- Program Description
- Program of Studies / Mandatory Courses
- Admission and Registration
- Learning Outcomes
- Next Steps
- Field Placement / Clinical
- Additional Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- College Resources
- Program Contact
Designed to meet the needs of those who wish to pursue a career as a Social Service Worker (SSW) or who are already working in the field and wish to upgrade their qualifications.
The provincially-approved curriculum has been created to develop the aptitudes, knowledge and skills an SSW needs to support individuals and families working through various types of challenges and help them enjoy more stable and fulfilling lives. Through a carefully designed program of studies that combines theory and hands-on practice in community based field placements, candidates prepare for their careers by applying their skills in a variety of competencies such as advocacy, crisis intervention, documentation, counseling and case management. You will address the challenges and limitations of individuals, groups, families and communities in real life situations.
This program is also offered through Full Time Studies. The part-time format enables students to learn while continuing with current full-time employment and/or personal responsibilities.
Continuing Education students usually complete this program in three to four years.
Courses in this program cost approximately $100 to $690 each. Textbooks are extra.
Admission and Registration
Intakes are available in the Fall (September), Winter (January), and Spring (May).
You must submit an Official Grade 12 transcript showing Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent (GED, College and Career Preparation) including Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent (70% guideline).
All applicants who do not meet or are missing the academic eligibility requirements for this program may take a pre-admission test. The pre-admission test is done on a referral-basis only. You need to indicate on your application that you require a pre-admission test, included your date of birth, and our admissions secretary will send a referral to the testing centre for you and let you know your next steps once a referral has been made. Please do not indicate that you require a pre-admission test if you plan on submitting an original transcript.
All applicants submitting prior academic history completed outside of Canada must provide confirmation of equivalence to an Ontario Secondary Diploma. This can be coordinated through any of the following:
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) (opens in new window)
- University of Toronto Comparative Education Service (CES) (opens in new window)
- World Education Services (WES) (opens in new window)
Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment
- Volunteer experience in a community or social services setting is strongly recommended
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
If you struggle with communications or your first language is not English, you are encouraged to explore upgrading options available through our Applied Communications Centre. You are also encouraged to take COMM11040 instead of COMLL041 for added understanding and support. Both meet the graduating requirements of the Program of Studies
- Computer Skills (e.g. word processing, data management, internet access).
Students should be familiar with computers, word processing, and email based systems prior to considering this blended program (a mix of online and in class learning). To upgrade computer skills, consider a CE introductory 'Computer Basics' course or a Learning Support Centre workshop before applying.
OSAP funding may be available. Learn more about Financial Assistance Options for Continuing Education Students.
For details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank (opens in new window).
Field Placement / Clinical
- Formal Police Clearance / Vulnerable Sector Screening (opens in new window) - Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter field placement.
- Communicable Disease Screening - Some placement agencies require that candidates undergo some disease screening such as tuberculosis testing.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Continuing Education FAQ
- Where can I find more information on registering?
- What is the fee structure?
- How can I apply for an exemption?
- Can I obtain credit for learning obtained outside a traditional classroom?
- Where can I find more information on online learning and exams for online courses?
- How do I apply to graduate?
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