Sunday, January 8, 2012

An Inclusive Environment is Offered Through Child Studies Courses

Do you feel like your needs for ESL sensitivity are not being met? Do you wish to study in an inclusive environment where the teaching staff understands your needs? Does your interest lie in learning to be active in the community, in Child Studies Training or in a volunteer management program? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Community and Child Studies Foundations program at Toronto’s Centennial College may be for you as it covers child studies courses, general English studies and more. It was created specifically with Canadian newcomers in mind to help them not only overcome communication obstacles but excel in further studies.

Taking just two semesters to complete, the undertaking is essentially a pathway for pursuing a career in the community services and child studies department. That’s because it offers the solid academic foundation students need to take on the more challenging and advanced courses of program such as Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Worker, Developmental Service Worker, Community and Justice Services, Police Foundations, Recreation and Leisure Services and Social Service Worker. When students successfully complete the program, they obtain an Ontario College Certificate and apply to a Centennial College program of their choice.

Getting you to the academic level where you are prepared for these advanced child studies courses or volunteer management courses is executed in a number of ways. Firstly, it is ensured that you have the opportunity to develop academic and professional skills and attitudes, as well as be aware of the personal requirements needed to facilitate success in your program of choice or in the varied careers within the Community Services and Child Studies fields. In addition, you will participate in reflective practice to facilitate professional skill development, while enhancing communication competence in all language strands. Faculty members who are experienced in both Community and Child studies conduct all of the courses within the program. These faculty members not only support and guide you, they also utilize ESL collaborative teaching approaches.

Specific community and Child Studies Courses topics in this program include: development of communication skills, basic overview of community and child studies, interpersonal skills, professional practice and ethics, psychology, health and first aid and others.

Applying for Community and Child Studies Foundations is simple. All you have to do is present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. You must also have completed the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent. However, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Please 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. You cannot apply directly to for admission to this program.

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