Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lay the Groundwork for Your Career with Community and Child Studies Foundations

If you’re new to Canada, it is sometimes difficult to find a meaningful career due to the challenges of the language barrier. However, there are ways to overcome those challenges and become an important member of Canada’s workforce. That’s where Centennial College’s Community and Child Studies Foundations program comes in.

Taking two semesters (one year) to complete, the undertaking in Community and Child Studies Foundations acknowledges and supports the needs of ESL students. It is also designed for adult learners. That’s because program faculty are experienced, caring and supporting professionals who have an expertise in both Community and Child Studies. Not only that, but faculty also ensure that they utilize ESL collaborative teaching approaches.

To apply for the undertaking, Centennial College expects students to present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Also required is the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent. However, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants should be advised that the program is only open for admission to applicants who have been advised and assisted to register by the Centennial College Assessment and Advising Centre. Applicants cannot apply directly to ontariocolleges.ca for admission to this program.

Once you have been accepted, the program, which serves as a pathway to further education, helps students to develop academic and professional skills that will facilitate success in their program of choice. Topics that are covered in Community and Child Studies Foundations include health and first aid, an introduction to psychology, professional practice and ethics, foundations in community and child studies and others. To check out a full listing of courses in the Community and Child Studies Foundations program, visit the course outline page.

Also developed in this program is an understanding of personal and professional requirements of the varied careers within the Community Services and Child Studies fields. This ensures that students are well aware of what is needed to succeed moving forward. Lastly, students will engage in reflective practice that will help to develop their skills, communication competence and much more. When the program has been completed successfully, students obtain an Ontario College Certificate and apply to a Centennial College program of their choice.

With their solid academic foundation from the multidisciplinary Community Services and Child Studies Foundations program, students will be qualified for a very wide range of programs. These programs include: Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Worker, Developmental Service Worker, Community and Justice Services, Police Foundations, Recreation and Leisure Services and Social Service Worker.

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