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What to expect from a career as a Social Service Worker

A career in the social services field is demanding, but also extremely rewarding. In this field, you can reach out to community members in a number of areas, including health, education, corrections and, of course, social work. Social work and social services programs at Ontario colleges prepare students to work alongside professionals in those fields, providing assessment and intervention support while promoting positive interaction and connections between parties.

If you’re interested in putting your leadership, communication and problem-solving skills to work with social services training, here’s what you need to know.

Social Work and Social Services Courses

Ontario college social services programs teach practical skills, but they also focus heavily on a student’s personal development. Along with theory and development courses like social work and the legal system , professional practice, communications and intervention, students will take classes that teach self-awareness, stability and emotional endurance to help them prepare for intense situations they may face in the industry.

Role playing and lab work are also a big part of social service worker programs, as they allow students to practice their skills in a simulated real-world environment. Students will also complete a field placement component of the curriculum.

General Social Work and Social Services Program Requirements

Social work and social service programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, with a grade 12 English credit. Courses in family, society and human development are also encouraged.

Many colleges require a Police Records Check for admission to the program, and may also require specific immunizations and documents before allowing students to participate in a field placement.

Social Work and Social Services Jobs and Salaries

Many social service workers choose to specialize in child social services , in settings such as schools or youth homes. Others choose to work with adults in settings like correctional facilities or counselling centers. Career paths may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Counselling   services in schools, hospitals or group homes
  • Community services with government agencies
  • Continued education to become a social worker

Salaries in the field vary, depending on your position and level of experience. Average starting salaries are around $30,000 per year, with the potential to increase to $45,000 or more per year.

Ontario Colleges Offering Social Work and Social Services Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of social work and social services programs at Ontario colleges.

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Social Work - BSW

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Is it for you?

Social workers strive to advance social justice and equity for individuals, families, groups and communities. This program includes 700 hours of field experience through placements at local or international organizations and opportunities to work on community projects.

You’ll learn how processes of marginalization and oppression shape people’s experiences and access to resources, power, and social and health services, and be ready to contribute to transforming practice by promoting social justice upon graduation.

 Accreditations: 

  • Canadian Association for Social Work Education

Program info

Faculty:  Faculty of Community Services

Program format(s):  Full time: 4 Year, Advanced Standing to second year

Part time: Advanced Standing to third year

Degree:  Bachelor of Social Work

Grade range:   Mid 80s 1

Requirements: Grades-Only Grades-Plus 2

Experiential learning:  Mandatory field placements

  • Tuition and fees

Your future

Tuition and fees 2023-2024.

For detailed fees information, visit tuition and fees by program.

Full-time format 2023-2024:

Ontario students fees range:  $7,280 - $7,753 Out-of-province students fees range:  $7,996 - $8,661 International student fees range:  $33,423 - $34,665

Part-time format (one to eight or more courses):

Ontario students fees range:  $928 - $5,420 Out-of-province students fees range:  $1,013 - $6,095 International students fees range:  $3,467 - $25,730

First-year courses

Here is a preview of first-year courses based on the available undergraduate calendar information.

1st & 2nd Semester

  • POL 101 Canadian Political Institutions
  • POL 102 Political Processes in Canada
  • PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology I
  • PSY 202 Introduction to Psychology II
  • SOC 111 The Social World I
  • SOC 112 The Social World II
  • SWP 132 Critical Social Work Foundations
  • SWP 331 Social Work Theories of Practice

LIBERAL STUDIES: Two courses from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies .

As a skilled advocate and collaborator, you will work to advance social justice and equity for individuals, families, groups and communities in fields such as:

  • Child and youth welfare
  • Immigrant and settlement services
  • Social action groups
  • Health and social services
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Policy analysis
  • Wellness therapy
  • Crisis care management
  • Behavioural support work
  • Community support work
  • Field education coordination 
  • Graduate studies in a master of social work (MSW) or a master’s degree in other areas such as early childhood studies, immigration and settlement studies or public policy and administration at TMU

Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications .

Requirements

Academic requirements.

Toronto Metropolitan University's School of Social Work strives to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion in the student body and aims to respond to community needs. The admission committee provides opportunity for special consideration for those applicants who wish to have their application reviewed in this light. Applicants may provide details regarding experiences that should be viewed within the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion. Applicants can include this information on a Special Consideration Form available on the  applications and related forms  page.

Please note:  Applicants are only eligible to apply to one of the three programs below based on their education and work experience. Please read through the requirements carefully to determine which program is your best fit.

Find your requirements 

  • Ontario secondary school students
  • Out-of-province secondary school students
  • International secondary school students
  • University and college transfer students
  • Other applicants

Full-time, 4-year program (entry to first year)

 OUAC Program Code: SSE

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements. Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70 % or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available on the  admission requirements  page.

Important Note: Applicants with Social Service Worker or Human Service(s) Counsellor diplomas (or any diploma from a public Canadian college that is eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers  (external link, opens in new window)  ) will not be considered for admission to the four-year program and should apply to the Advanced Standing program that best fits their work experience.

Full-time, Advanced Standing to second year

 OUAC program code: SWT

Social Service Worker or Human Service(s) Counsellor Diploma (or any diploma from a public Canadian college that is eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers  (external link, opens in new window)  ), with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 ('B') or higher, and less than two (2) years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field.

Important notes :

  • Applicants must submit a summary of paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the Social Services field, in order to confirm that eligibility criteria have been met (less than two years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the Social Services field). This summary must be included in the Activities/Employment section of the online application form (OUAC or Toronto Metropolitan University Applications) or the Non-Academic History section of the Supplementary Form .
  • Successful applicants are required to complete two (2) additional courses from first year as part of their degree requirements, as follows: One (1) lower level liberal studies course, and SWP 331 (Social Work Theories of Practice).
  • Successful applicants will receive transfer credit for SWP 36A/B (Field Practicum) at the time of admission.
  • Due to competition, applicants will normally be required to present academic averages significantly higher than the minimum.
  • Holders of college diplomas with two years or more accumulated paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field, must apply to Part-Time, Advanced Standing to Third Year.

Part-time, Advanced Standing to third year

 OUAC program code: SDG

Consideration for admission to the program will be given to applicants who have the following qualifications; A and C or B and C:

A. Holders of a baccalaureate degree in the humanities or social sciences from an accredited Canadian university (or equivalent), who have at least (2) years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field.

B.  Graduation from one of the following eligible diplomas from a Canadian public college:

  • Assaulted Women/Children’s Counsellor/Advocate
  • Child and Youth Care / Child and Youth Worker
  • Community & Justice Services
  • Addiction & Mental Health Worker Program
  • Native Child & Family Services Program
  • Human Services Counsellor
  • Human Service Counsellor
  • Community Worker
  • Social Work Diploma
  • Social Service Worker
  • Community Worker Outreach & Development

With a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 ('B') or higher, plus at least two (2) years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field.

AND C.   Completion of a prerequisite course, CVSW15A/B Foundations of Social Work II, with at least a 'B' level grade. Registration in this course is by invitation only. Applicants will be invited to complete this course based on their post-secondary academic performance and employment in the social services field. The course runs from May to June each year. Selected applicants will receive this invitation letter in their ChooseTMU portal account.

Applicants not invited to enrol in CVSW15A/B are required to apply for admission once again the following year.

Note: Applicants who hold a diploma from a public Ontario college (or the equivalent) or a baccalaureate degree from an accredited Canadian university (or equivalent) that is not listed above, and who have at least (2) years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field, may be considered on an individual basis.

Important notes for college diploma applicants:

  • College diploma applicants with less than two (2) years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field will not be considered and should apply to the full-time Advanced Standing - Second Year Entry option.
  • Successful college diploma applicants are required to complete four (4) courses, in addition to the third and fourth year curriculum, as part of their degree requirements, as follows: Three (3) liberal studies courses, one (1) lower level and two (2) upper level, and SWP 331 Social Work Theories of Practice.
  • Successful college diploma applicants will receive transfer credit for SWP 36A/B Field Practicum at the time of admission.

Important notes for baccalaureate degree applicants:

  • Baccalaureate applicants with less than two (2) years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field will not be considered and should apply to the full-time four-year program.
  • Baccalaureate degree holders approved to this program are not eligible to receive further transfer or challenge credits.

Non-academic requirements

For part-time, advanced standing to third-year applicants only.

This is a Grades-Plus program. In addition to meeting competitive academic requirements, you are required to submit the following non-academic requirements. Your ability to follow and adhere to the requirements is part of the assessment of your application. 

Fall 2024 non-academic requirement due date: February 1, 2024 or 10 business days from your application submission date, whichever comes later.

Reference letters

Submit two letters of reference (one academic and one professional, or two professional). The letters of reference should speak to your potential for success in the program (e.g. your suitability for the program, strengths, etc.)

 Please save a copy of each letter and upload them. Submission instructions can be found below.

Submit a current resumé. For each job you list, please indicate:

  • Name of the organization
  • Your position/title
  • Primary responsibilities
  • Start date (month/year)
  • End date (month/year)
  • Number of hours worked per week
  • Whether it was paid or voluntary
  • Name of a person who can verify this information (with phone and/or email information)

 Please save and upload your resume as a .pdf file.

Employment letter(s)

Submit a letter(s) from your employer(s) confirming date(s) of paid employment and responsibilities. You need only provide enough letters to confirm two years’ worth of relevant, full-time employment.

 Please save a copy and upload your employment letter. If you have more than one employment letter, please save them as ONE document (.pdf file) and upload the one file. Submission instructions can be found below.

Statement of intent

Please submit a Statement of Intent (500 to 700 words) addressing the following:

  • Why Toronto Metropolitan University?
  • Why Social Work?

 Please save and upload your Statement of Intent as a .pdf file.

Submission instructions

Applicants are required to submit all components of their non-academic requirements via the  ChooseTMU Applicant Portal . Due to the volume of applications received and our system performance, we strongly encourage you to submit your documents well in advance of the noted deadlines.

Here’s how to access your ChooseTMU Applicant Portal account:

  • Get your TMU Student Number in the email acknowledgement of your application
  • Activate your TMU Online Identity. Fill in the Activation Form on the Accounts website. When asked for your Student/Applicant ID, enter your nine-digit TMU Student Number. Keep a record of your user name and password
  • 24 hours after activating your TMU Online Identity, visit the ChooseTMU Applicant Portal

Applying for readmission or reinstatement?

If you are applying for readmission or reinstatement, you are not required to submit the above non-academic requirements. Only a completed application and Supplementary Form are required.

Student spotlight

Meet a social work graduate.

Keneisha Charles (Class of 2023) spent an academic year in placement with SKETCH Working Arts, an enterprise that connects marginalized and homeless youth to the transformative power of the arts. “The placement gave me real-world experience with creative activism, which I want to do more of to support Black, queer and disabled communities.”

Read more:  Celebrating Black excellence among new TMU grads

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  • Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2024 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. TMU reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.
  • For part-time, Advanced Standing to third year only

Disclaimer: 

While every effort is made to ensure accuracy on this site, in the event of a discrepancy, TMU's current Undergraduate Calendar is the official reference.

Master of Social Work

Expand your career opportunities with a health specialization master of social work.

The School of Social Work is proud to offer Canada’s first health-focused Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The MSW program is housed at Renison, and is part of the Faculty of Health at the University of Waterloo. The MSW will build on your Bachelor of Social work degree and prepare you for leadership in health-related practice areas including clinical, community, health promotion and advocacy, program evaluation, policy, and research settings.

Waterloo’s online MSW degree will advance your understanding of, and practice skills needed to be responsive to, the social and structural determinants of health in relation to individual, community, and global well-being. You will also develop an advanced understanding of social work’s unique commitment in interprofessional health settings to address structural sources of injustice and inequity as they relate to health and health services access.

The MSW is delivered primarily online, allowing you to continue to participate in family and community life while pursuing a graduate degree in social work. The MSW program offers a rich and highly interactive learning environment where you will gain knowledge and skills in advanced social work practice within a focus on health, research/scholarship, professional leadership, and social work supervision.

On-campus attendance is mandatory on ONE occasion for a 5-day (Monday to Friday inclusive) block course offered as an intensive Summer Institute in August at the start of the program.  The 5 days will be preceded by preparatory learning activities and an assignment, and followed by activities that will wrap up the course learning. This on-campus experience will give you an important opportunity to meet face-to-face with your peers, faculty members and staff to build and strengthen teaching and learning relationships. The second Summer Institute occurs in August of the graduating year and is offered as a three-week long, intensive, online course with daily synchronous components in the second week. 

Renison's MSW program takes a holistic approach to social work

Why pursue an MSW at Waterloo?

  • Canada's first health-focused MSW program
  • Advance your understanding of, and practice skills needed to be responsive to, the social and structural determinants of health in relation to individual, community, and global well-being
  • Gain knowledge and skills in advanced social work practice with a focus on health, research/scholarship, professional leadership, and social work supervision
  • Get the best of both worlds - the flexibility of online learning with the personal connections made during the on-campus summer institute.

Program Options

Your MSW degree can be completed in one year (full-time; 3 terms) or in two years (part-time; 6 terms). Whether you pursue the full-time or part-time option, you will participate in:

  • Six core courses. Two of these are offered as 'Summer Institute' intensive courses: the first is an on-campus, 5-day course in August at the beginning of the program. The 5 days will be preceded by preparatory learning activities and an assignment, and followed by activities that will wrap up the course learning.  The second Summer Institute is an on-line, 3-week course (with daily synchronous learning periods during the middle week) in August of the student's graduating year. The remaining four core courses are completed as 12 week online courses.
  • Two online elective courses.
  • 462 hour practicum (see Field Education )
  • Field Integration Seminar (online) (see Field Education ) and Masters Seminar Presentation (Capstone)

Note: There is no research/thesis option. This is a course-based Master's program, and meets all University of Waterloo post-graduate degree requirements.

Full details:

  • MSW Full-time Option
  • MSW Part-time Option

Core Courses

  • SWK 600R - Health, Equity Social Justice ( on-campus , 5-day, intensive Summer Institute course in August at the beginning of the program. The on-campus course will be preceded by preparatory learning activities and an assignment, and followed by activities that will wrap up the course learning.)
  • SWK 601R - Health Policy
  • SWK 602R - Social Work Practice in Health
  • SWK 603R - Social Work Leadership in Health Care (on-line, 3-week-long Summer Institute course, with daily synchronous learning periods during the middle week, 1-21 August at the end of the program)
  • SWK 606R - Advanced Social Work Research
  • SWK 608R- Health Issues and Ethics

Elective Courses (2 only)

  • SWK 609R - Clinical Practice in Mental Health Addictions*
  • SWK 610R - Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency* (not offered in 2023-2024)
  • SWK 651R - Relational Practice with Families in Oncology 
  • SWK 653R - Grief and Palliative Care in Social Work
  • SWK 654R - Indigenous Health and Social Justice
  • SWK 680R - Critical Topics in Social Work and Health

* Anti-requisites. You may take SWK 609R or SWK 610R. 

When will I take each course? For detailed program schedules:

  • MSW Full-time program schedule
  • MSW Part-time program schedul e

Field Placements

Field education (i.e. the practicum) is the key method of instruction and learning through which Social Work prepares you to become a practitioner, and is often considered the 'heart' of social work education. The practicum is intended to provide you with opportunities to integrate knowledge into your practice, and develop competence through a supervised social work experience related to your learning goals. Field education is comprised of two milestone requirements, the Practicum and the Integration Seminar.

The location of the placement is determined through consultation and agreement among you, the MSW Team Lead of the School of Social Work, and the practicum agency/organization. All placements must be located in Canada.

More details about MSW field education

Admissions Requirements

Full MSW admissions criteria

Are you a French Canadian Citizen?

Canadian citizens with qualifications from French-speaking universities in Canada are not required to submit an English Language Proficiency (ELP) certificate. However, we are an English speaking institution and as such you need to ensure that your English speaking/comprehension skills are at a level that you would succeed in our program.

Did you complete your BSW degree outside of Canada?

International applicants, and applicants educated outside of Canada, are eligible to apply to the MSW program.

Further details .

“I really liked the MSW’s focus on the social determinants of health. I am able to see policies through multiple lenses – we can structure policies around those social determinants and really make a positive impact on our community. I’ve learned how to mobilize resources from different sources to best support the people I am working with.” Msenwa Oliver Mweneake, MSW graduate

How to Apply

The application process for the MSW program includes two steps:

Please note:  During the admission process you may be called for an interview.

For full details on how to apply, please see the MSW How to Apply page .

Career Options

Your MSW degree will lay the foundation for leadership in a range of settings related to health, including:

  • public health and health promotion programs
  • primary care and long-term care
  • health-related governmental agencies
  • community-based health services
  • health advocacy groups.

Practicing in this field involves working with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations on issues such as health disparities and inequities, health promotion and education, treatment and rehabilitation, building community partners and social support, and/or health reform promotion.

Further Education

Graduates from the MSW program often pursue a PhD in Social Work as well as Public Health, Health Systems, and Social Justice Education, among other doctoral degrees.

Common Questions

1. What are the tuition fees for the Master of Social Work Program?

  • Please find information about the tuition fees (charged per term, not per course), on the:  Graduate Finance Fees web page
  • (Search by: term - home/international - Online Professional Graduate Programs - Master of Social Work)

2. What funding is available for MSW students?

If you are accepted into the MSW program, you are not guaranteed funding. We encourage you to investigate the possibility of scholarships, bursaries, or other awards for which you may be eligible at your home institution/organization or the appropriate government office.

Funding opportunities

3. What is the deadline for applications?

  • Applications open every fall for admission to the MSW program. Full details . 

For more, visit Frequently Asked Questions

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MSW programs at FIFSW are highly recognized locally, nationally, and internationally. Our aim is to graduate students with foundational social work knowledge and skills, who demonstrate competencies in specialized fields of study in order to navigate increasingly complex service systems.

FIFSW graduates demonstrate the capacity to integrate theory and research into their professional practice. They are trained to develop an evidenced-based approach to practice with diverse populations in both community and institutional settings.

FIFSW offers the following MSW programs:

  • Two-Year Program (students entering without a BSW)
  • Advanced Standing Program (students entering with a BSW)
  • Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency
  • Combined Degrees Programs

Learn more about Simulation-Based Learning.

View a PDF of our MSW Program Booklet.

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The MSW at King's is a Direct Practice (non-thesis) program designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and practice skills of social work professionals.

The MSW Program is not offered online or through Distance Studies.

MSW Program Objectives

  • Educate social workers for advanced direct practice roles with individuals, families and groups.
  • Develop social work administrative supervisory competence.
  • Consolidate community based responses to social need influenced by social planning and social policy knowledge.
  • Enhance research based competency in a direct practice context.

Graduates should have the ability to: 

  • Explain the unique social work perspective on helping others.
  • Practice ethically.
  • Effectively communicate their ideas both verbally and in writing.
  • Assess situations and individuals effectively.
  • Develop and implement effective interventions.
  • Explain the theoretical foundations of their work.
  • Critically evaluate claims to knowledge and truth.
  • Confidently engage in discussion and practice with other allied professionals.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of and ability to apply one or more models of social work practice.
  • Situate their intervention within a "person-in-environment" framework
  • Conduct research that examines the efficacy of social work practice at the case and program level.
  • Utilize a supervisory relationship to further develop social work skills.
  • Advocate effectively at the individual case and social policy level
  • Critically examine the policies and practices of their agencies and workplaces
  • Take leadership in the field and promote the values and ethics of the profession
  • Participate in the training and education of future social work students.

MSW Program Information

The 1-year MSW program is designed for students who have completed a BSW degree. This program is structured to deliver graduate courses in three academic terms: Fall, Winter and Summer. Students are enrolled for 12 months although course work is normally completed by the end of June.

The 2-year MSW program is designed for students who have completed a 4-year degree in a different discipline. This program is structured to deliver foundational social work courses during the three terms of the first year and advanced social work courses during the three terms of the second year. This program is 24 months in length.

Learning opportunities are aimed at preparing individuals to work with:

  • Individuals
  • Groups and Communities

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Your graduate studies at King's will include:

  • Kick-start your year with a week dedicated to an orientation to the program including the key areas of study and an opportunity for self-evaluation led by the faculty who will be teaching you.
  • Focused on thematic practice areas, you will have the opportunity to study alongside field instructors and current social work practitioners. A great opportunity for both learning and networking.
  • During your practicum you will have an opportunity to reflect on a real-world program or practice evaluation related to your field setting.
  • Your graduate studies will culminate in an Integrative Capstone Experience (ICE). Students working in small groups will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their MSW program by engaging in a major case study exercise.
The Bachelor of Social Work program at King's led to immense personal and professional development. I finished the program feeling confident and prepared for the many opportunities available to me within and beyond my community.

Ariel Seale, '22 Social Work, Four Year (Honours) Bachelor of Social Work - Honours Specialization Social Work

Be ready to jump in, be ready to sink your teeth into a really fast, really intense, really exciting learning experience, because that's exactly what it is.

Brianna Murphy BSW 2014 SW Students' Association President

The diversity of experience and expertise offered by the faculty made King's the best choice for a Master's education. The skills I acquired from this array of professionals prepared me to transition smoothly into the field.

Leah Marshall BSW 2014, MSW 2015

I came to King's because I absolutely love the community feel, it is such a small little tight knit community. The class sizes are very small and intimate so your learning experience is just amplified by that.

Kara Gavigan BSW 2014, MSW 2015

If you are thinking now is a good time to come back for your Master's it's really a great program and you get great support. Life is really fast and while there is never really a right time to come back take that leap of faith because it really worked out for me.
My field placements have given me the confidence I need to enter the field of social work feeling prepared to support my future clients.

Tonya Salomons BSW4 2016

There are lots of diverse placements and I loved both of mine.

Nicole Turner BSW4 2016

My field placements were the best part of the program for me.

Kai Brooks BSW4 2016

Being part of the King's University College Social Work program is being part of a unique community. You find at its foundation, faculty members who not only offer a wealth of knowledge, but genuine support and encouragement. You experience the intensity of the connection and deep level of understanding that is shared with your classmates. You realize that you're not simply here to learn, but to take social work theory out into the world and experience it. The Social Work program offered at King's reflects a true understanding that it’s not just about academics - it's about people, it's about relationships, and it's about life.

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College Pathways

Block transfer agreement: ssw and cyc diplomas.

Graduates from accredited Canadian college Social Service Work (SSW) and Child and Youth Care (CYC) diploma programs can apply as transfer students to Laurier’s Bachelor of Social Work program.

To be considered for admission, graduates from SSW or CYC programs must achieve a minimum of 60% in a 4U English course or equivalent, as well as a minimum overall average of 75%. This is a competitive-entry program and a higher overall average for admission may be required.

Note: Applications to the BSW program by transfer students from programs other than Ontario college SSW and CYC diploma programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A minimum overall average of 80% in previous postsecondary studies is required.

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Child and Youth Care Pathway

Social service worker pathway.

Graduates of an approved Social Service Worker (SSW) diploma program will be granted 10.0 transfer credits and be required to earn another 10.0 credits at Laurier to graduate with their Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).

Throughout your Social Work degree, you will take courses in topics such as social policy, Indigenous perspectives on family and reconciliation and critical issues in individual, group and family social work contexts, in addition to practical field experience. Once you have accepted your offer, please consult Academic Advising and our Course Registration Guide to determine the specific courses you'll need to take during your time at Laurier.

Below is a list of transfer credits you will receive in your offer letter if you are admitted into Social Work from any Social Service Worker college program:

Transfer Credits

  • SK111: Introduction to Social Welfare
  • SK121: Introduction to Social Work: Values, Ethics and Practice
  • SK211: Human Behaviour and Environment
  • SK224: Communication and Interviewing Skills
  • SK313: Practice with Groups
  • SK321: Community Practice
  • SK399 1.5 credits: Field 1
  • HR100: Human Rights and Human Diversity
  • HR260: Introduction to Human Rights
  • 1.0 credit: Interdisciplinary (100 level)
  • 3.5 credits: Interdisciplinary (200 level)

Graduates of an approved Child and Youth Care (CYC) diploma program will be granted 9.5 transfer credits, and be required to earn another 10.5 credits at Laurier to graduate with their Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). 

Throughout your Social Work degree, you will take courses in topics such as social policy, human behaviour, Indigenous perspectives on family and reconciliation, and critical issues in individual, group and family social work contexts, in addition to extensive practical field experience. Once you have accepted your offer, please consult Academic Advising and our Course Registration Guide to determine the specific courses you'll need to take during your time at Laurier.

  • SK314: Practice with Families and Children
  • 1.0 credit: Human Rights (200 level)
  • 1.0 credit: Health Studies (200 level)
  • 1.5 credits: Youth and Children's Studies (200 level)
  • 2.0 credits: Interdisciplinary (100 level)
  • 2.0 credits: Interdisciplinary (200 level)

Learn More About Transferring to Laurier

If you have additional questions about your transition to Laurier, financial aid for transfer students or transfer credit evaluation, visit our transfer students website . If you are interested in transferring into this program with an academic history different than what is outlined above, apply using the undergraduate application form and your transfer credits will be assessed on an individual basis and reported to you, along with your offer letter, upon admission to Laurier.

Note: Not all program requirements are reflected in these pathway descriptions. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all academic program and course requirements have been met. Refer to regulations in the academic calendar and connect with an academic advisor once you have accepted your offer.

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  • Program has the highest placement hours in the province with three placements totaling almost 700 hours completed in a variety of settings
  • Role play, case studies, and interviewing exercises, applied research projects and direct practice opportunities prepare students for work on the front line of social services
  • Graduates are eligible to register as a Social Service Worker through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

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  • Scheduled or volunteer experiential learning opportunities intended to enhance student's work and personal development by bringing them together with community partners to address local public social issues and community needs.
  • Activities in which college staff indirectly or directly supervise students and for which college staff undertake one or more of the following activities:
  • Ensure that assignments given to students and the work being done by students are suitable for the program.
  • Monitor the students’ progress in the service-learning project activity.
  • Help address problems encountered by students in the service-learning project activity.
  • Evaluate student’s performance in the service-learning project activity.

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  • Scheduled hours of activities intended to give student hands- on experience in the workplace and for which the students do not typically receive a regular salary or wage from the employer; this instructional setting is characterized by:
  • Activities that are an integral component of the curriculum of the program and are necessary for the completion of the program.
  • Activities in which college staff do not directly supervise students and for which college staff undertake one or more of the following activities:
  • Make periodic site visits.
  • Monitor the students’ progress in the field placement activity.
  • Help address problems encountered by students in the field or work placement activity.
  • Evaluate student’s performance in the field or work placement activity.

In the two-year Social Service Worker Ontario College Diploma program, you gain the skills and knowledge to work effectively with individuals, groups and communities dealing with personal and social problems.

Through theory and practical experiences, the program prepares you to support a wide range of client groups and communities who are in the process of change or growth, including those impacted by issues such as:... (read more)

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with virtual learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

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Social Welfare in Canada

Students study the historical progress of the social welfare system in Canada. In addition, the fundamentals of inequity, poverty, homelessn... + Read More

Social Service Worker Ethics

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Communication for Social Service Workers

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Crisis Intervention

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Mental Health

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Community Development

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All applicants must satisfy both College Eligibility and Program Eligibility requirements.

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Vicky Green is an alumni of  the Social Service Worker program( 1991) and went on to complete her Bachelor of Social Work (1995) and Masters of Social Work (2007) from Carleton University. She has been teaching at the college since 1999 on a part time basis. In 2014 she was hired on as full time member of the Social Service Worker faculty team. She has coordinated both the intensive and two year Social Service Worker program since 2014. Vicky has over 27 years of experience in the social service field . She has worked as a child protection worker with the Children’s Aid Society as well as in the volunteer sector at Citizen Advocacy . Vicky left her role at St. Mary’s Home in July 2014 having functioned in the roles of Residential Director and Director of Client Services at St. Mary’s Home and Community Outreach Centre to join the college on a full time basis. Vicky has a passion for teaching, an intense curiosity to know why things work the way they do and a desire to mentor and impart the knowledge she has gained over her career with her students.

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Yvan Trottier completed Bachelors of Psychology and Criminology (1995) and a Masters of Social Work (1997) from the University of Ottawa. He has been teaching at the college since 2020 on a part time basis. In 2023, he was hired on as full-time member of the Social Service Worker faculty team. Yvan has over 25 years of experience in the social service field. He has worked in front line and management roles in child welfare (Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa), medical social work (CHEO), psychotherapy (University of Ottawa), all while being an active member of his community. Yvan perceives it as a remarkable opportunity, following several years of professional experience, to impart his acquired knowledge and expertise to a new cohort of aspiring social service professionals. By bridging theoretical concepts with practical experiences in the field, he endeavors to equip students with comprehensive preparation for a rewarding vocation in a helping profession.

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Social Service Worker Program (C119)

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George Brown College has been preparing Social Service Worker graduates to be agents of and allies for change and social justice in diverse communities for nearly 20 years.

Program Overview

The Social Service Worker diploma program combines in-class learning with field experience to teach theoretical models, approaches to practice, group facilitation, mental health supports, social innovation, and anti-oppressive practice.

This is an approved education program by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) . 

Full Description

Develop the knowledge, values and skills to work directly with a wide range of people confronting the full breadth of social issues and challenges with the two-year Social Service Worker (C119) diploma program.

If you have strong interpersonal skills and are committed to working toward a more just and equitable society and examining the dynamics of power, oppression, and social location, this program is for you. Graduates are prepared for roles in a variety of agency settings, including mental health, homelessness, poverty, substance use and addictions, long-term care, criminal justice, crisis supports, and settlement and immigration.

You will examine social service workers' expanding professional roles and responsibilities in large urban centres and other communities. In addition to learning the theoretical models, methods, and skills of social service work practice, you will study and develop skills in the following:

  • group facilitation
  • allyship and anti-oppressive practice
  • counselling
  • substance use and addiction
  • social change and proposal development
  • values, ethics and professional practice
  • mental health well-being

You will also gain real-world experience with a supervised year-long field placement. In preparation for the field or clinical placement, students will be required to work in multiple small and large groups within classes and community settings.

Many Social Service Worker program faculty have professional experience in the following areas:

  • marginalized communities
  • institutional health and social service organizations
  • federal, provincial, and municipal governments
  • research and initiatives in social innovation
  • a range of not-for-profit organizations and agencies
  • direct practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities

ACCELERATED SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER PROGRAM OPTION

George Brown offers a full-time, one-year accelerated Social Service Worker (SSW) program to university graduates with a degree in a related field, such as psychology, sociology, women’s studies, environmental studies, education, and cultural anthropology.

Students with degrees from other disciplines may be considered if they successfully completed a minimum of six relevant social science courses.

This SSW accelerated program option is also open to college diploma graduates, including:

  • Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor/Advocate
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Community Worker
  • Behavioural Science Technician
  • Recreation Management in Gerontology
  • Early Childhood Education

Find a complete list of degrees and diplomas considered for admission to the Social Service Worker (Accelerated) (C135) program .

SSW Pathways to BSW and MSW

George Brown College is a signatory of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s Indigenous Education Protocols, which reaffirms the importance of structures and approaches required to address Indigenous peoples' learning needs and support the self-determination and socio-economic development of Indigenous communities.

In response to this and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, the Social Service Worker program is committed to developing the capacity of its students to work with Indigenous individuals, families, groups, and communities. The faculty acknowledges the support of Indigenous Education and Services at George Brown College and the Negahneewin Council at Confederation College, who have helped them with this process. The Indigenous Learning Outcomes guide the integration of Indigenous learning into the curriculum.

Your Field Education Options

As a student in this program, field education will provide you with a significant learning opportunity. In year two, you will have the chance to participate in a  year-long field experience with a community agency for approximately 600 hours. While in placement, you will be supervised by qualified professional practitioners. 

George Brown maintains relationships with agencies operating in a wide range of institutional and community-based settings throughout the Greater Toronto Area.  Assisted by our field placement co-ordinator, field faculty and GBC career services, students are supported to secure their own placement experience that reflects their interest

NOTE : In compliance with the requirements of our field partners, all students in this program are encouraged to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check before commencing their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary by region and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” The Social Service Worker (SSW) program will assist students in applying for the vulnerable sector check once they begin the program.

Students without a clear Vulnerable Sector Check may find that their choice of placement is limited. Students in this situation are encouraged to work with the field education coordinator to identify placement opportunities that do not require the Vulnerable Sector Check. Students are also encouraged to inquire and apply for Suppression and Destruction of Record or Record Suspension (formerly known Pardon) at their specific regional police services in order to prepare for their future career or employment. For more information, please visit the Clinical  Pre-placement website.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career options.

George Brown SSW graduates meet the educational requirements for registration as a Social Service Worker in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Additional fees apply.

Our Social Service Worker graduates have found employment in a variety of agency settings, including:

  • mental health 
  • homelessness
  • substance use and addictions
  • long-term care
  • criminal justice
  • crisis supports
  • settlement and immigration

Educational Pathways

Graduates of this Social Service Worker (SSW) program may leverage this diploma to complete a second George Brown College diploma in a related field in a reduced time frame. Related programs include:

  • Child and Youth Care [Accelerated]
  • Early Childhood Education [Fast-Track]  
  • Community Worker [Accelerated]  
  • Assaulted Women and Children's Counsellor/Advocate [Accelerated]  
  • Career Development Practitioner

SSW graduates who successfully complete this program may qualify for advanced standing in the following programs:

  • the  Professional Communications B.A. and Justice Studies B.A. at Royal Roads University
  • the Community Economic & Social Development B.A. at Algoma University
  • Toronto Metropolitan University
  • York University  
  • Lakehead University
  • Algoma University

For further information, see the Transfer Guide . For details, please follow the links above to program websites.

Required Courses

* COMM 2000 is a prerequisite to be able to enrol in semesters 3 and 4 of the SSW program. Students who do not take and pass COMM 2000 in semester 1 are responsible to ensure they take and pass it prior to beginning semester 3 of the program.

** For their General Education Electives, SSW students may take up to 1 GSSC; 2 GHUM; 2 GSCI. Please note, that at least on of the Gen Ed Electives must be a GHUM or GSCI.

PROGRAM SPECIALIZATION COURSE (FOR SEMESTERS 3 AND 4)

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM 1000 (Introduction to College Communication) before progressing to COMM 1007. COMM 1000 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit the Assessment Centre page for more information.

General Education Electives

Program Learning Outcomes

The following Ministry of Colleges and Universities’ program standards apply to all social service worker diploma programs delivered by Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Develop respectful and collaborative professional and interpersonal relationships that adhere to professional, legal and ethical standards aligned to social service works.
  • Record information accurately and communicate effectively in written, digital, verbal and nonverbal ways, in adherence to privacy and freedom of information legislation, in accordance with professional and workplace standards.
  • Integrate a practice framework within a service delivery continuum, addressing the needs of individuals, families and communities at micro, mezzo, macro and global levels, and work with them in achieving their goals.
  • Plan and implement accessible and responsive programs and services, recognizing the diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities and meeting these needs.
  • Examine current social policy, relevant legislation and political, social, historical and/or economic systems and their impacts for individuals and communities when delivering services to the user/client.
  • Develop strategies and approaches that support individual clients, groups, families and communities in building the capacity for self-advocacy, while affirming their dignity and self-worth.
  • Work from an anti-oppressive, strengths-based practice, recognizing the capacity for resilience and growth of individuals and communities when responding to the diverse needs of marginalized or vulnerable populations to act as allies and advocates.
  • Develop strategies and approaches to implement and maintain holistic self-care as a member of a human service profession.
  • Work with individuals, groups, families and their communities to ensure that service provider strategies promote social and economic justice, and challenge patterns of oppression, discrimination and harassment, and sexual violence with clients, coworkers and communities.
  • Develop the capacity to work with the Indigenous individual, families, groups and communities while respecting their inherent rights to self-determine, and to identify and address systemic barriers that produce ill effects, developing appropriate responses using approaches such as trauma-informed care practice.

Note: The learning outcomes have been numbered as a point of reference; numbering does not imply prioritization, sequencing, nor weighting of significance.

Domestic Tuition

International tuition, additional costs.

* Amounts listed are the estimated total of tuition, materials, student service, and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2023 . Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2024 and at later dates. This fee does not include books, which are to be purchased by the student separately.

** Amounts listed are the estimated total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall  2024 . Tuition fees are subject to board approval. Material, student service and ancillary fees are estimated based on prior years. All fees are subject to change without notice. This fee does not include books, which are to be purchased by the student separately.

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Visit the  International Fees and Related Costs page  for more information. 

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • grade 12 English (C or U) – minimum grade of 60 per cent required

** Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature students may take the Admissions Assessment for English  OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English .

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

Visit the  International Admissions page  for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

Special Requirements

Vulnerable sector check requirements and program policy.

In compliance with the requirements of our field partners, all students in this program are encouraged[SM1]  to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check before commencing their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the vulnerable sector check vary by region and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” The program will assist students in applying for vulnerable sector check once they begin the program. Students without a clear vulnerable sector check record may find that their choice of placement is limited. Students in this situation are encouraged to work with the field education co-ordinator to identify placement opportunities that do not require the vulnerable sector check. Students are also encouraged to inquire and apply for Suppression and Destruction of Record or Record Suspension (formerly known as Pardon) at their specific regional police services, in order to prepare for their future career or employment. For more information, please visit the  Clinical Pre-placement Office website .

Our field placement partners may require students to show proof of vaccination. It is your responsibility to ensure all Pre-placement requirements are met.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

Visit the  How to Apply page  for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the  George Brown College Online Application System .

School of Social & Community Services

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To contact one of our Social Service Worker Program Coordinators, please email [email protected]

International Students: Please contact the International Centre by visiting: georgebrown.ca/international/contact-international-centre

If you require accommodations, please contact Accessible Learning Services by visiting:  georgebrown.ca/current-students/services/accessible-learning-services

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George Brown College has been preparing Social Service Worker graduates to be agents of and allies for change and social justice in diverse communities for over 20 years.

George Brown College's Social Service Worker (C119) is an innovative program that provides students with an opportunity to learn theoretical models, approaches to practice, group facilitation, mental health supports, social innovation and anti-oppressive practice. This two-year program combines in-class learning with field placement.

This is an approved education program by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) .

George Brown College's Social Service Worker (SSW)  is an innovative two-year program designed to guide you in developing the knowledge, values and skills to work directly with a wide range of people confronting the full breadth of social issues and challenges.

You will learn to identify and understand systemic barriers that can impede access to social and economic justice in today's society, and work with those most affected to break down those barriers.

As a student in this SSW program, you will examine the expanding professional roles and responsibilities of Social Service Workers in large urban centres and other communities within a rapidly changing society.

In addition to learning the theoretical models, methods and skills of social service work practice, you will study and develop skills in:

  • social innovation
  • mental health

Apply to this SSW program if you:

  • have strong interpersonal skills and are comfortable working with people and groups
  • are committed to working toward a more just and equitable society
  • are committed to examining the dynamics of power, oppression and social location
  • are seeking to work with a wide range of individuals, groups and communities

Many of George Brown's Social Service Worker faculty have professional experience with:

  • federal, provincial and municipal governments
  • direct practice with individuals, families, groups and communities

In preparation for the field placement, SSW students will be required to work in multiple small and large groups within classes and community settings.

George Brown offers a full-time, one-year accelerated Social Service Worker (SSW) program to university graduates with a degree in a related field such as psychology, sociology, women’s studies, environmental studies, education and cultural anthropology.

George Brown College is a signatory of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s Indigenous Education Protocols, which reaffirms the importance of structures and approaches required to address Indigenous peoples' learning needs and support self-determination and socio-economic development of Indigenous communities.

In response to this and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, the Social Service Worker program is committed to developing the capacity of its students to work with the Indigenous individuals, families, groups and communities. The faculty acknowledge the support of Indigenous Education and Services at George Brown College and Negahneewin Council at Confederation College, who have helped them with this process. The Indigenous Learning Outcomes guide the integration of Indigenous learning into the curriculum.

Field education provides students in George Brown's Social Service Worker program with a significant learning opportunity. In year two, you will have the chance to participate in a year-long field experience with a community agency for approximately 528 hours. While in placement, you will be supervised by qualified professional practitioners. 

George Brown maintains relationships with agencies operating in a wide range of institutional and community-based settings throughout the Greater Toronto Area and will support you in making connections to secure a placement.

Note:  In compliance with the requirements of our field partners, all students in this program are encouraged to complete a Police Vulnerable Sector Check before commencing their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary by region and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” The SSW program will assist students in applying for the police vulnerable sector check once they begin the program.

Students without a clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check may find that their choice of placement is limited. Students in this situation are encouraged to work with the field education coordinator to identify placement opportunities that do not require the Police Vulnerable Sector Check. Students are also encouraged to inquire and apply for Suppression and Destruction of Record or Record Suspension (formerly known Pardon) at their specific regional police services, in order to prepare for their future career or employment. For more information, please visit the Clinical Pre-placement website.

Graduates of this SSW program may apply to complete a second George Brown College diploma in a related field in a reduced time frame ( Child and Youth Care [Accelerated] , Early Childhood Education [Fast-Track] ,  Community Worker [Accelerated] , Assaulted Women and Children's Counsellor/Advocate [Accelerated] , Career Development Practitioner) .

SSW graduates who successfully complete this program may qualify for advanced standing in the Professional Communications B.A. and Justice Studies B.A. at Royal Roads University, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs at Toronto Metropolitan University , York University , Lakehead University  and Algoma University . The Community Economic & Social Development B.A. at Algoma University  also welcomes graduates of the Social Service Worker program. These are some examples of where graduates can pursue future study options.

For further information, see  Transfer Guide . For details, please follow the links above to program websites.

* COMM 2000is a prerequisite to be able to enrol in semesters 3 and 4 of the SSW program. Students who do not take and pass COMM 2000 in semester 1 are responsible to ensure they take and pass it prior to beginning semester 3 of the program.

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM 1000 (Introduction to College Communication) before progressing to COMM 1007. COMM 1000 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit Assessment Centre  for more information.

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2022 . Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2023 and at later dates.

** Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2023 . Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2024 and at later dates.

  • grade 12 English (C or U) – minimum grade of 60 per cent required

Mature students may take the Admissions Assessment for English , OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English .

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit Transfer Guide for more information.

Note: In compliance with the requirements of our field partners, all students in this program are encouraged to complete a vulnerable sector check before commencing their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary by region and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” The program will assist students in applying for the police check once they begin the program.

Students without a clear police reference check may find that their choice of placement is limited. Students in this situation are encouraged to work with the field education coordinator to identify placement opportunities that do not require the vulnerable sector check. Students are also encouraged to inquire and apply for Suppression and Destruction of Record or Record Suspension (formerly known Pardon) at their specific regional police services, in order to prepare for their future career or employment.

Please visit the Clinical Pre-placement website for more information.

Our field placement partners may require students to show proof of vaccination. It is your responsibility to ensure all pre-placement requirements are met.

Email: [email protected] . Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To contact one of our Social Service Worker program co-ordinators, please email [email protected]

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To care for the needs and well-being of others is a high calling. How can Christians shape the social policies, services and resources in ways that respect all people as made in God's image? To see the dignity and worth of all people? The Social Work program at Redeemer looks at how individuals interact with different social systems, actively studying social justice, anti-oppressive practice and cultural pluralism as ways to seek justice and transformation in communities.

Social Work is a Bachelor of Arts degree. It is offered as an honours major and as a minor.

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Right from the start, small class sizes and dedicated faculty mean more opportunities to practice, research, and apply what you've learned as you seek to develop and communicate an understanding of our place in the social world and our responsibility to social transformation.

First-year classes are an introduction to the patterns and connections in human society, social relationships and the complex problems that can occur. Starting with the purpose and levels of social work practice and process, fields of practice, and social policy context.

Social Work The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and get you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Social workers provide better care when they understand the diverse stories and histories of their clients.
  • Program managers have a greater impact when they understand how policies are made.
  • Support workers have a deeper sense of compassion when they ground themselves in a biblical understanding of caring for their neighbours.

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Learning Experiences

In the classroom.

To promote different perspectives and conversations in the classroom, panel discussions and listening to a variety of experts and researchers, are an integral part of the classroom experience. Courses like Social Work Practice with Communities , Social Welfare Policy and Process , and Child Welfare encourage students to develop their capacity for critical Christian reflection and response to issues impacting society.

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Regular opportunities to visit correctional institutes, indigenous centres , as well as opportunity to participate in disaster relief, inner-city missions, and volunteer trips give students the opportunity to put that they're learning to practice and have real personal experience to draw on.

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Senior students have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in community-based or governmental organizations as part of a 120-hour internship, where they both observe and participate in a job-related capacity under the supervision of experts in the field.

Alumni of Redeemer’s social work program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

is seeing lives transformed through justice and the transforming power of the gospel in her work at International Justice Mission.

is the ministry partner program coordinator with World Renew where she focuses on missions work in Mexico and with churches in Ontario.

  • Adoption worker
  • Child welfare worker
  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Developmental service worker
  • Drop-in centre program manager
  • Intake counsellor
  • Mental health worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Shelter/group home worker
  • Victim/patient advocate
  • Case manager
  • Community development specialist Counsellor/therapist
  • Family/marriage
  • Refugee/newcomer support
  • Gerontologist
  • Group home manager
  • Hospital social worker/discharge planner
  • Police officer
  • Professor Researcher
  • Social worker
  • Administrator
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion assistant
  • Human resources officer
  • Labour relations researcher
  • Market researcher
  • Public relations
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Conduct research related to human development and behaviour
  • Design research, evaluation projects, and tools (e.g., assessments, surveys, interviews, etc.)
  • Documentation/record keeping
  • Interacting with people of different backgrounds in different situations
  • Knowledge of the influence of society and social issues (e.g., poverty, trauma, violence, oppression, etc.) on individual, couple, family, group, and community functioning
  • Listening, clarifying and responding skills
  • Mediation skills
  • Planning and assessing social policy
  • Understanding individual, group, and community functioning and dynamics
  • Understanding of human development (and developmental stages), psychology, and behaviour
  • Concern for justice and welfare
  • Cooperation/collaboration
  • Creative/critical thinking
  • Empathy as well as concern for and sensitivity to others
  • Engagement in ethical practice
  • Formulating and defending positions
  • Maintaining composure in stressful or traumatic situations
  • Self-awareness/self-reflection
  • Setting boundaries
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Global Social Work Alliance
  • International Federation of Social Workers
  • Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies
  • Ontario Association of Social Workers
  • Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Workers
  • The National Association of Social Workers (USA)
  • Mental health counsellors
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  • Resettlement managers
  • Program coordinators
  • Autism therapists
  • Social workers
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  • Foster care workers
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
  • Registered Social Worker (RSW)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • MA in Public Administration
  • MA in Social Policy
  • MA in Urban Planning
  • MSW in Gerontology

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Social Work Courses

Honours major : applied social sciences – social work (20 courses).

  • APS-101 , 120 , 201 , 215 , 223 , 235 , 236 , 241 , 245 , 321 , 329 , 332 , 342 , 351 , 380 , 428 , 435 , 480 ;
  • Two of APS-432 ,  441 , 455 , 470 , 471

Minor : Social Work (6 courses)

  • APS-101 , APS-215 ;
  • Two of  APS-236 , 332 , 342 ;
  • Two of APS-245 , 329 , 351

Note: At least two courses must be at the 300-level

Course Details

Introduction to social work and social welfare aps-101.

This course identifies and critically examines the foundations of social work, its mission, purpose, knowledge, and value base, and the levels of social work practice and process, fields of practice, and social policy contexts. These topics will be examined with an emphasis on integrating theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as a Christian perspective.

Introduction to Sociology APS-120

Research methods: statistics aps-201, prerequisites:, antirequisites:, introduction to social work practice aps-215, sociology of canadian society aps-223, sociology of marriage and family aps-235, social work practice with communities aps-236, sociology of crime and deviance aps-241, social work practice with families aps-245, social research methods aps-321, social work practice with individuals aps-329, diversity in canada: implications for social work aps-332, social welfare policy and process aps-342, social work practice with groups and teams aps-351, social work internship and integrative seminar i aps-380, poverty: problems and perspectives aps-428, disability and society aps-432, selected theories of social work practice aps-435, advanced issues in criminal justice aps-441, canadian indigenous studies aps-455, crisis intervention aps-470, child welfare aps-471, social work internship and integrative seminar ii aps-480.

The Social Work program does not have program-specific admission requirements.

Applicants from Ontario will be considered for general undergraduate admission based on the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of Grade 12 U English
  • Five additional Grade 12 U or M level courses
  • Minimum grade average of 65%
  • No O-level courses or Co-op courses used

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Are you passionate about social equity and want to have a meaningful impact on disadvantaged individuals, groups and communities in a variety of social service settings?

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  • Credential Awarded: 2 Year Diploma
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As a Social Service Worker, you assist clients in dealing with personal and social problems by delivering counselling, community services and social support programs.

Graduates are prepared for membership in the Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Work. This regulatory body established the vocational learning outcomes for the program. The Social Services Worker program is structured through a group supervision model that requires regular attendance and engagement in on-campus classes.

Over 600 hours of practical field placement experience, supported by a field placement officer and often leading to employment.

Hands-on experiential learning through case studies, video simulations and small group discussions.

Program responds to changes in the social services field using an anti-oppressive approach.

Certification in non-violent crisis intervention is available.

Dual admission agreement with Niagara University to Bachelor of Science in Social Work. See: Pathways tab for more information.

Attend an information session to meet and greet with current students, learn about articulation agreements, and the types of activities that the program features.

Career Opportunities

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  • Community mental health agency
  • Correctional facility
  • Child welfare agency
  • Department of health and human services
  • Hospital or medical clinic
  • School or youth setting
  • Seniors’ home

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This program grants preferred admission to qualified graduates from :, pre-community services.

For detailed information, requirements and eligibility visit niagaracollege.ca/pathways/ .

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Program Outcomes Term: 1244

Develop respectful and collaborative professional and interpersonal relationships that adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work.

Record information accurately and communicate effectively in written, digital, verbal and non-verbal ways, in adherence to privacy and freedom of information legislation, in accordance with professional and workplace standards.

Integrate a practice framework within a service delivery continuum, addressing the needs of individuals, families and communities at micro, mezzo, macro and global levels, and work with them in achieving their goals.

Plan and implement accessible and responsive programs and services, recognizing the diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities, and meeting these needs.

Examine current social policy, relevant legislation, and political, social, historical, and/or economic systems and their impacts for individuals and communities when delivering services to the user/client.

Develop strategies and approaches that support individual clients, groups, families and communities in building the capacity for self-advocacy, while affirming their dignity and self-worth.

Work from an anti-oppressive, strengths-based practice, recognizing the capacity for resilience and growth of individuals and communities when responding to the diverse needs of marginalized or vulnerable populations to act as allies and advocates.

Develop strategies and approaches to implement and maintain holistic self-care as a member of a human service profession.

Work with individuals, groups, families and their communities to ensure that service provider strategies promote social and economic justice, and challenge patterns of oppression, discrimination and harassment, and sexual violence with clients, coworkers and communities.

Develop the capacity to work with the Indigenous individual, families, groups and communities while respecting their inherent rights to self-determine, and to identify and address systemic barriers that produce ill-effects, developing appropriate responses using approaches such as trauma informed care practice.

Admission Requirements

Important: admissions dates and deadlines, ontario secondary school diploma (ossd), or equivalent including the following required course(s):.

  • English – any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent

Recommended Courses and/or Skills:

These courses and skills may help you succeed academically in this program, but they are not required for admission.

  • Related volunteer and or cooperative/work experience
  • Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice – Grade 12 (C) or (U)
  • Families in Canada – Grade 12 (C)
  • Contemporary Indigenous Issues and Perspectives in a Global Context – Grade 12 (C) or (U)
  • Canadian and World Issues – Grade 12 (U)
  • Dynamics of Human Relationships – Grade 11 (O)
  • Human Development Throughout the Lifespan – Grade 12 (C) or (U)
  • Challenge and Change in Society – Grade 12 (U)

Selection and Ranking

Applications are evaluated based on the published admission requirements . When the applicant provides proof of meeting the requirements, an offer of admission can be issued, provided space is available in the program.

In the event the number of qualified applicants exceeds the available seats in the program, selection will be based on Ontario residency and the most senior level final grade available in required courses at the time of ranking.

Learn more about admission decisions for competitive programs .

Program Requirements

Professional responsibility.

  • A significant number of field placements require students to be at least 19 years of age in order to assume a beginning level of professional responsibility.
  • The professional responsibility applies to matters identified in the Code of Ethics of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. The code describes a social service worker’s responsibilities related to confidentiality, conflict of interest, personal boundaries and other areas. The code is available at ocswssw.org .
  • Those who are below 19 years of age could have their field placement options limited, which in turn could delay graduation.

Criminal Record Check

  • A Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (CRC-VSS) which is less than 6 months old is required at the beginning of Term 2.
  • Students with criminal charges for convictions will be significantly limited in placement, clinical, and/or employment opportunities in this field. The decision of whether a student with criminal charges or convictions is eligible to secure a field placement ultimately lies with the field placement agency.
  • Field placements must be completed in order to graduate.

Students will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) in order to be cleared for placement/clinical. Please note, in order to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS), students must be 18 years of age or older. If a student is not 18 years of age or older at the start of this program, they will experience delays in progression through the program.

Communicable Disease Surveillance

  • The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) Form must be completed and submitted to Student Health Services prior to the start of the program.
  • Please view the CDS Form and Checklist for health requirements at niagaracollege.ca/cdsform/ .
  • This process may take up to 10 weeks or more and requires a visit to your personal physician and/or a Public Health Department.
  • If the CDS process is not completed your placement, clinic or co-op opportunity will be denied.

Transportation

  • Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete program requirements which may not be readily accessible by public transportation.
  • Program requirements could include co-ops, placements, volunteer requirements, practical labs, field projects, assignments, clinicals, or any other off-campus visits required as part of the program’s curriculum.
  • Many placements require students to visit clients at home or in other locations to carry out their placement work. Therefore, provision of transportation for work placement will require access to a private vehicle.

Computer/Technology Requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have a Microsoft Windows 10 based desktop or laptop system that meets or exceeds the following general personal computer technology requirements:

  • A desktop or laptop system running on an updated Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.
  • Minimum 256GB SSD storage and 8 GB memory.
  • An integrated or peripheral video camera, microphone and speaker system.
  • Reliable internet connectivity with Broadband capabilities (a minimum download speed of 5 Mbps) is recommended.

Niagara College will not be able to provide support for systems different than the above specifications. Any provided software may not operate properly. Academic software for your courses (supported under the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system) will be made available for download and remote use. Access will also be provided to remote high performance computer labs if software downloads are not feasible.

Note: There is no support for Chromebooks or Apple products for this program. ( learn more )

The technology requirements indicate there is no support for Chromebooks or Apple products. Can I still take my program if I have a Macbook or Chromebook?

For most programs, the recommendation is to have a MS Windows 10 computer (as outlined in the "Computer/Technology Requirements" section on this page) for an optimal experience and for ease of downloading academic software. The reliability of remote connections to college computers and software cannot be guaranteed for Macbook and Chromebook users.

The Microsoft Office suite products that are available free to Niagara College students though Office 365 do have versions that work with Macbooks and Chromebooks, and the majority of internet-based applications will work as well. However, some program-specific software is designed to run on Windows 10, and the successful download of these applications cannot be guaranteed. Our Learning Management System (LMS) at Niagara College is Blackboard, and while students can access Blackboard through an internet browser, for some assignments and tests there is a layer of security that uses a proctored browser. The proctored browser will not function on Macbooks nor Chromebooks.

Students assume the risk of a compromised virtual experience if they choose to participate without the recommended technology.

Computer/technology requirements may be subject to change without notice.

All costs associated with program requirements are the responsibility of the student.

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Program Outline

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This two-year Ontario College Diploma pro­gram prepares students to work as practical front-line service providers in a variety of social service settings.

The SSW program gives you the opportunity to learn to work supportively with many different populations, such as persons experiencing mental health issues, substance dependence, settlement challenges, poverty, education challenges, homelessness, abuse and trauma.

Program Details

Comm 110 communications for college comm 110 communications for college.

This course is designed to help students develop and practice the communication skills needed to succeed in college and workforce environments. Emphasis is placed on improving foundational communication strategies-reading, writing, listening, and speaking—and on developing research and critical thinking skills. 

PSYC 25 Developmental Psychology PSYC 25 Developmental Psychology

Sswo 1 introduction to social service practice sswo 1 introduction to social service practice, sswo 8 addictions sswo 8 addictions, sswo 9 social welfare sswo 9 social welfare, sswo 13 interviewing and counselling sswo 13 interviewing and counselling.

 Appropriate and sensitive communication and interview skills are the foundation for effective helping and supportive relationships. Students learn to identify their strengths and weaknesses by practicing, applying and interpreting their basic skills within a counselling framework.

GENE General Education Course GENE General Education Course

Case 4 introduction to field placement case 4 introduction to field placement, psyc 3 mental health and practical pharmacology psyc 3 mental health and practical pharmacology, sswo 15 community resources and case management sswo 15 community resources and case management.

The ability to access relevant community resources is critical to meeting clients’ needs. In this course, students become familiar with key resources in the social service system and the continuum of care for clients. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, independent learning, and case studies, students gain skills fundamental to client-centered case management.

Prerequisite(s): SSWO9

SSWO 16 Diverse Populations SSWO 16 Diverse Populations

Writ 5 documentation and professional communication writ 5 documentation and professional communication.

This course helps students communicate professionally in both spoken and written formats. The functions and structure of documentation in various worksites is demonstrated through case examples. Students gain practice in various record keeping and report writing formats related to Social Service work. Students develop professional writing skills related to documentation through practice and feedback from both classmates and he instructor. Students also learn how to write a grant proposal for fundraising purposes.

Prerequisite(s): COMM 110 (Excluding Fast Track students)

GENE Online General Education Online GENE Online General Education Online

Beha 5 non violent crisis intervention beha 5 non violent crisis intervention, sswo 2 group work sswo 2 group work.

This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of group work and examines the elements that are required for its successful practice. Students study the theory and practice of group work as a social work intervention. Specific skills - such as assessment, planning, and organizing - required for group facilitation are discussed and practiced.

Prerequisite(s): SSWO13

SSWO 3 Intervention Strategies SSWO 3 Intervention Strategies

In this course, students explore interpersonal skills and intervention strategies within a variety of interviewing and counselling approaches. Students apply interpersonal skills in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and learn specific intervention skills to assist clients in achieving their goals. Intervention skills are studied within a multicultural framework.

Prerequisite(s):  SSWO13

SSWO 10 Legislation SSWO 10 Legislation

This course will explore the structure, administration and the service delivery of community organizations and social services that operate within and adjacent to the Social Service System. Specifically, the student will examine federal and provincial statutes and legislation present in Social Services and Welfare Policy and their social, legal, and humanitarian origins. The Federal, Provincial, and Municipal implementation and policy implications of these services and polices will be reviewed and analyzed. Consideration of future policy issues and initiatives will also be introduced and evaluated, including funding, service delivery, service responsibility and legislative trends and their impact upon Social Services.

BEHA 86 Family Violence BEHA 86 Family Violence

Sswo 5 community development sswo 5 community development, case 7 social service worker seminar 2 case 7 social service worker seminar 2.

This course is designed to accompany students' final placement and to help them develop personal and professional strategies for use in employment settings. Students reflect on their field experiences in the context of their prior theoretical and practical learning. An emphasis is placed on solidifying metacognitive and self-care skills in preparation for entry into employment in the field.

Prerequisite(s): CASE6 + INTN3

Co-requisite(s):  INTN4

INTN 4 Social Service Worker Field Placement 2 INTN 4 Social Service Worker Field Placement 2

Field placement is an opportunity to integrate the knowledge gained in the classroom with current practices in the field. It is designed to allow a supervised immersion in to the work world where you can develop clinical, professional, and interpersonal skills that demonstrate your ability to incorporate sound social service work principles into the realities and pressures of a day to day operation.

Prerequisite(s):  CASE6 + INTN3

Co-requisite(s): CASE

CASE 6 Social Service Worker Seminar 1 CASE 6 Social Service Worker Seminar 1

This seminar course is designed to promote the discussion of issues and concerns that arise from the students increasing knowledge of work in the social service field. Students reflect on their field experiences in the context of their prior and current theoretical and practical learning. An emphasis is placed on developing metacognitive and self-care skills.

Co-requisite(s):  INTN3

INTN 3 Social Service Worker Field Placement 1 INTN 3 Social Service Worker Field Placement 1

Field placement 1 provides the initial opportunity to integrate the knowledge gained in the classroom with current practices in the field.  It allows a supervised immersion into the work world where students begin to develop clinical, professional and interpersonal skills that demonstrate an ability to incorporate sound social service work principles into the realities and pressures of a day to day operation.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC25 + SSWO1 + SSWO8 + PSYC3 + SSWO13 + SSWO15 + SSWO16 + WRIT5 + CASE4

Co-requisite(s):  CASE6

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements .

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older.

Health Requirements

Immunization - Communicable Disease Requirements

Completion of the Immunization - Communicable Disease Form is mandatory  for your clinical/practical placement. THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Download your  Immunization - Communicable Disease Form

Questions regarding the completion of this form can be submitted to  [email protected]

Note: As a Full-time SLC student, you are automatically enrolled in a student insurance plan. To learn more about how this applies to your immunization requirements please visit  www.wespeakstudent.com  (domestic) or  www.guard.me  (international).

Other Requirements

Prerequisites.

Criminal Background Check: Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

Complete SLC Placement requirements

  • 6 Training Modules
  • Student Declaration/Oath of Confidentiality
  • Student Covid 19 Waiver
  • CPIC - VULNERABLE SECTOR
  • Immunization

Program Specific – will be noted on Student Placement Blackboard Hub

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Field Placement Experience: Practical training is provided through field placement opportuni­ties. Field placement choices are made with the students’ professional growth in mind. Some examples are placements with:

  • Programs supporting persons experiencing poverty 
  • Mental health services
  • Employment assistance 
  • Elementary/high schools 
  • Residential programs
  • Long Term Care
  • Seniors outreach

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Social Service Worker (Two-Year Ontario College Diploma)

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Program Description

The Social Service Worker program combines academic study with practical experience to provide graduates with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to work in the diverse and complex field of community and social services. The program focuses on the development of front-line interviewing and counselling skills that will prepare students to work with individuals and groups in a variety of social service settings, including group homes, women's shelters, addiction and mental health facilities, employment programs and services for seniors. In addition to theoretical models, methods and skills of social service work practice, you will receive extensive training in community organizing and development, crisis intervention, group work, and life skills methodology.

As a graduate of the Social Service Worker program, you will be eligible to register as a social service worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers: www.ocswssw.org

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or  Mature Student Status , AND
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

For information about meeting the grade 12 (C or U) English requirement please visit the  English Language Proficiency Requirement page .

Program Admission Notes:

  • Equivalent secondary school diploma from another province or territory in Canada (Please note: A recognized equivalent to an OSSD may be accepted if you meet the levels, subjects and overall averages required for admission to the college. Generally the requirement is successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma except in Quebec where the equivalent is Secondary V) OR Equivalent secondary school diploma from outside of Canada. Applicants who have been educated outside of Canada must have their documents evaluated by a credential assessment service (ICAS) and submit proof of educational qualifications in order to determine if their level of achievement is equivalent to an OSSD. To obtain a Credential Assessment Report visit either  ICAS  (1.800.321.6021) or  WES  (1.866.343.0070)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office recommended
  • This program has a field placement component which requires a clear criminal reference check with vulnerable sector screening. Without this, you may not be accepted for field placement by a field placement agency and may be unable to complete the requirements of the program.
  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Admission

  • Only original or certified copies of academic records will be accepted. In order for transcripts to be considered official, they must bear an original seal/stamp and/or official signature from an appropriate signatory. We do not accept photocopies or photos as this will make them unofficial as the school seal will not show.
  • Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution via email or an official credit service such as MyCreds™ – a secure digital credential platform that allows you to access and share the documents from anywhere in the world and at any time.
  • You can learn more about MyCreds™, including privacy and security, at MyCreds™.ca
  • For more information on admissions click here .

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This form must be submitted and an Admission Acceptance Letter received prior to registering for any courses.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at [email protected] or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

General Education Electives: This program requires the completion of General Education Elective (GNED) courses in addition to core program courses.

Click to access General Education Elective Course Options

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some programs may have restrictions on the specific GNED courses that students are able to take to fulfill their program requirements. For Professional and Part-Time Learning students, these restrictions are identified on the link above. For those in full-time, day school programs, please consult your academic school for confirmation of any GNED restrictions for your program before registering.

Field Placement

This program contains three field placement courses. For details, including paperwork submission deadlines, please visit the Field Placement Page . For additional, program-specific field placement questions, please read the Social Service Worker Field Placement FAQs .

Please also be advised of the following:

  • Seat availability for field placement courses are limited. Please visit the field placement page for further details.
  • Registration for all SSW Field Placement courses will show as "closed" on our website. Permission from the placement officer is required to register for these courses. Approval is based on the successful, on-time submission of all pre-placement/observation paperwork.
  • Students are required to research and secure their own placements. Please note that you cannot complete your placement where you are also employed, or where there may be a conflict of interest.
  • Students are encouraged to secure the same agency for placement levels two and three, but it must be a different agency from their level one placement.
  • Students must complete all prerequisite courses prior to applying for each field placement, and have a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

Pathway Opportunity

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College's partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

Related Credentials and Courses

Graduates interested in further professional development may be interested in the following courses/programs:

Qualified graduates can apply to Durham College's:

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

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College program standard: Social Service Worker

Read the approved program standard for Social Service Worker programs delivered at public colleges in Ontario. (Ministry code 50721)

The approved program standard for Social Service Worker programs of instruction leading to an Ontario College Diploma delivered by Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology.

October 2018

Inquiries regarding specific  programs offered by colleges of applied arts and technology in Ontario should be directed to the relevant college.

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Your Learning Experience

The Social Service Worker (Fast Track) program provides an opportunity for university graduates (Psychology, Sociology or Social Work related) and community college Community Studies diploma graduates to complete the requirements for graduation from the Social Service Worker program in three levels.

Over 10-months, you will build a sound knowledge of human behaviour and psychology, individual and social problems, and learn proven techniques to prepare you for social service work in social agencies and social welfare programs. You’ll work with supportive, friendly and experienced faculty and advisors who are committed to help you succeed, and you’ll take part in role-plays, counseling labs and case studies, and take in presentations from professional social workers and clients. You’ll gain invaluable experience in a variety of field placements in London, with its extensive social service and health community resources. When you graduate, you will begin your career with the practical skills and hands-on experience required to be successful in this in-demand field.   

  • Graduates from the Social Service Worker program are eligible for admission to The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and must be members of this regulating body to use the professional title "Registered Social Service Worker".
  • Students who graduate from this program and wish to transfer to another Community Studies program at Fanshawe College, may qualify for some internal credits that have already been achieved.

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Social Service Worker program have found employment in many settings from group homes and shelters to health care clinics and youth programs. as well as a wide variety of other social agencies and government departments. The search for social work positions is competitive and the graduate must be prepared to search diligently on his/her own behalf. Additional job search assistance is provided by the College's Career Services Department.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Social Service Worker program:

Mental Health Worker Provide short-term support to ensure the safety of individuals in need, encouraging empowerment and crisis resolution while maintaining a calm and respectful environment.

Caseworker Respond to inquiries providing program information to a diverse clientele, the public, advocacy groups and agencies.

Youth Shelter Team Leader

Provide leadership while overseeing activities of the shelter, including case management, recruitment and selection, professional development and monthly statistical reporting.

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I left the program feeling fully prepared to enter the field and, most importantly, confident that I was ready to best support the most vulnerable people in our community. I carry and constantly refer to the lessons I learned from my time at Fanshawe College in my everyday work.

Program coordinators:

London campus:.

Robert Owens Phone: 519-452-4430 x4182

Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus:

Larry Cavan Phone: 519-426-8260 x245

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Develop respectful and collaborative professional and interpersonal relationships that adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work;
  • Record information accurately and communicate effectively in written, digital, verbal and non-verbal ways, in adherence to privacy and freedom of information legislation, in accordance with professional and workplace standards;
  • Integrate a practice framework within a service delivery continuum, addressing the needs of individuals, families and communities at micro, mezzo, macro and global levels, and work with them in achieving their goals;
  • Plan and implement accessible and responsive programs and services, recognizing the diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities, and meeting these needs;
  • Examine current social policy, relevant legislation, and political, social, historical, and/or economic systems and their impacts for individuals and communities when delivering services to the user/client;
  • Develop strategies and approaches that support individual clients, groups, families and communities in building the capacity for self-advocacy, while affirming their dignity and self-worth;
  • Work from an anti-oppressive, strengths-based practice, recognizing the capacity for resilience and growth of individuals and communities when responding to the diverse needs of marginalized or vulnerable populations to act as allies and advocates;
  • Develop strategies and approaches to implement and maintain holistic self-care as a member of a human service profession;
  • Work with individuals, groups, families and their communities to ensure that service provider strategies promote social and economic justice, and challenge patterns of oppression, discrimination and harassment, and sexual violence with clients, coworkers and communities;
  • Develop the capacity to work with the Indigenous individual, families, groups and communities while respecting their inherent rights to self-determine, and to identify and address systemic barriers that produce ill-effects, developing appropriate responses using approaches such as trauma informed care practice.

Academic School

Program coordinators:.

Robert Owens

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Admission Requirements

- An Ontario College Diploma from the School of Community Studies with a minimum 2.0 GPA from Fanshawe College

- A University Degree in Psychology, Sociology, or a related Social Sciences area

- An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College

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Applicant Selection Criteria

  • Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  • Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  • Achievement in the Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement

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Additional information about International Student Program reforms

Ottawa, February 5, 2024— Further information is being provided to clarify the announcement of an intake cap on new international study permit applications and other changes . International students make important contributions to Canada’s campuses, communities and economy; however, we have seen unsustainable growth in the International Student Program in recent years. These recently announced reforms will support sustainable population growth in Canada and improve system integrity, while helping to ensure that international students have a positive experience in Canada.

1. Cap and provincial attestation letter

As of 8:30 a.m. ET on January 22, 2024, most new post-secondary international students at the college or undergraduate level must provide a provincial attestation letter (PAL) from a province or territory with their study permit application. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will return any application received that does not include a PAL, unless otherwise exempt.

This attestation will serve as proof that the student has been accounted for under a provincial or territorial allocation within the national cap. Provinces and territories have been asked to have a plan in place for issuing PALs by March 31, 2024. The Government of Canada is working with the Government of Quebec to determine how the certificat d’acceptation du Québec pour études could serve as a PAL.

International students whose applications were received by IRCC before 8:30 a.m. on January 22, 2024, as well as those who have already been approved for a study permit and intend to travel to Canada for an upcoming program, do not need to take further action as a result of the cap.

Who needs a provincial attestation letter?

  • most post-secondary study permit applicants
  • most non-degree granting graduate programs (for example, certificate programs and graduate diplomas)
  • anyone else not included in the exception list below

Who doesn’t need a provincial attestation letter?

  • primary and secondary school students
  • master’s or doctoral degree students
  • visiting or exchange students
  • in-Canada study permit and work permit holders (includes study permit holders applying for an extension)
  • in-Canada family members of study permit or work permit holders
  • students whose application we received before 8:30 a.m. ET on January 22, 2024

2. Post-graduation work permit (PGWP) update for graduates of master’s degree programs

In recognition that graduates of master’s degree granting programs are excellent candidates to succeed in Canada’s labour market and potentially transition to permanent residence, we have made a change to the length of the PGWP, so that they have the opportunity to meet the required Canadian work experience in order to apply for their permanent residence.

Starting on February 15, 2024, a longer, 3-year post-graduation work permit will be available to those who are graduating from a master’s degree program that is less than 2 years and who meet all other PGWP eligibility criteria.

The length of PGWPs for programs other than master’s degrees will continue to align with the length of the study program, to a maximum of 3 years.

Who is eligible for a longer post-graduation work permit (PGWP)?

  • Graduates of programs that are at least two years in length at PGWP-eligible designated learning institutions are eligible for a 3-year PGWP, as are graduates of master’s degree programs less than 2 years in length.

3. PGWP eligibility for public-private partnership college programs

Some provinces allow public colleges to license their curriculum to be delivered by an affiliated private college. In these cases, students physically attend a private college, but graduate with a diploma from a public institution. Concerns have been raised with regard to the quality of education provided by these institutions, as well as the lack of sufficient student supports. The Auditor General of Ontario has also raised concerns about a lack of oversight into program quality and student services at these institutions.

As such, IRCC has made a change to restrict PGWPs for these institutions, anticipating that without the ability to apply for a PGWP, there will be a reduction in the number of international students enrolling in them.

Who is eligible for a PGWP after graduating from a public-private partnership college program?

  • International students currently enrolled will remain eligible for a PGWP if they meet other program eligibility criteria.

Who is not eligible for a PGWP after graduating from a public-private partnership college program?

  • New students enrolling in this type of program will not be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.

4. Changes to open work permit eligibility for spouses

In the coming weeks, eligibility for open work permits for the spouses and common-law partners of international students will be updated.

Who can get an open work permit?

  • Eligibility is limited to the spouses and common-law partners of students in graduate (master’s and doctorate) and professional degree–granting programs only.
  • Once these changes are in effect, spouses and common-law partners of international students seeking to extend their existing work permit will continue to be eligible under this stream.

Who will not be eligible for an open work permit?

  • The spouses and common-law partners of international students in other levels of study, including undergraduate and college programs, will no longer be eligible for an open work permit unless they already hold an open work permit under this stream.

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Foster Parent Mentor Program Q&A: Empowering New Foster Parents

Foster Parent Mentor Program Feature

  • Published February 16, 2024
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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Foster Parent Mentor Program (FPMP) at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work specializes in one-on-one, intensive coaching relationships, which provide newly approved foster parents emotional encouragement, skill reinforcement, and parenting strategies.

During National Mentor Month, mentor Diane Anderson, along with her mentee Kya Johnson, took the time to answer a Q&A about their experiences in the FPMP.

CoSW: How long have you been working with your mentor and what has been the most beneficial part of working with her?

KJ: I have been working with my mentor since August 2023. The most beneficial part has been having not only someone to provide foster care resources, but having a mother who understands me and can relate on a lot of things.

CoSW: How did you become a mentor in the Foster Parent Mentor Program and what do you enjoy most about it?

DA: I had been a foster parent for many years and my Recruitment and Certification Worker asked if I would think about becoming a mentor.  I love meeting new foster parents and helping them to navigate things.

CoSW: In what ways has your mentor helped you in your fostering journey?

KJ : She’s helped me feel more confident and provided lots of resources.

CoSW: How do you approach helping your mentees with issues they are facing as new foster parents?

DA : Usually share stories about similar situations and assure them there are no dumb questions.  It’s just a learning experience.

CoSW: How did your mentor prepare you for what to expect at placement?

KJ : She gave me her personal experience and helped me relate to her.

CoSW: Why is having a mentor as a new foster parent so important?

DA : Things are constantly changing and workers are changing.  There’s lots of real-life experiences that can’t be taught in initial training.

CoSW: What has been the most rewarding part of being a foster parent so far?

KJ : Being able to give a child a loving home and give them a sense of normal.

CoSW: What is the most rewarding part of being a foster parent mentor?

DA: Seeing people navigating the foster journey and advocating for their kids.  

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Pitt State to offer new Master’s in Social Work degree option 

  • 12 February 2024

There is now a huge demand for social workers with advanced degrees in Southeast Kansas, and a new degree option to be offered by Pittsburg State University will help fill that gap.  

“Bringing a Master’s degree in Social Work program to Pitt State will benefit students, our community, and our region,” said Kristen Humphrey, professor of Social Work and director of the program. “There is a demand for social work professionals here and a growing demand for services addressing social problems."  

Those problems include poverty, homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of social workers will grow 11 percent in coming years — faster than average for most occupations — leading to more than 81,000 new job opportunities in the field.  

Career s including mental health and counseling centers; addiction treatment; hospitals, hospice, and home health; K-12 schools; colleges and universities; child welfare; corrections; probation and parole; nursing homes and assisted living centers; crisis centers; governmental agencies; and non-profit social service agencies.  

Area agencies and students themselves have asked for an MSW program, Humphrey said. Eighty-five percent of current Social Work students have said they plan to pursue an advanced degree.  

But the closest universities offering such a degree are the University of Kansas – Edwards Campus (111 miles away), the University of Arkansas (114 miles away), and (the University of Missouri at Kansas City (124 miles away). The Pitt State program will keep students in the SEK region and will be the least expensive of the closest options.  

In 2020, Pitt State and KU partnered to develop a cooperative program on the Pitt State campus in which those seeking an advanced degree could attend KU classes locally to prevent having to move and/or end their local employment.  

Enrollment over the past four years provides compelling evidence of the demand for an MSW program at Pitt State: in total nearly 100 students were admitted and will graduate from the outside program.    

"Starting our own advanced degree option will keep more of these professionals in Pittsburg and the Southeast Kansas region,” said Chris Childers, director of the School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences. “We’re proud to be able to eliminate the two greatest hurdles students face — distance and cost — while at the same time finding a way to help directly address a critical workforce shortage.”  

According to the Kansas Health Institute, Southeast Kansas has the lowest ratio of clinical social workers per resident in the state, with just 35 licensed and credentialed social workers in a 16-county area.  

The program will have two courses of study: a one-year program for students who have a Bachelor’s in Social Work (“Advanced Standing”), and a two-year program for students who have a degree in something else (“Traditional Plan of Study”). For students in the two-year program, the first will be considered their generalist year and the second their clinical year. Students in the one-year program will proceed directly to their clinical year.  

Students will complete practicum placements during the generalist and clinical years thanks to partnerships with agencies such as Crawford County Mental Health Center, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, the Kansas Department for Children and Families, Guest Home Estates,  Addiction Treatment Center of Southeast Kansas, Choices Early Childhood Center, Mosaic, Children's Advocacy Center, Safehouse Crisis Center, and Ascension Via Christi Hospital all in Pittsburg; Labette Health in Parsons; Four County Mental Health Center in Independence; and Rapha House, Ronald McDonald House, Head Start, and Refugee and Immigrant Service Education in Joplin, Missouri.  

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Jacquelyn Burt Earns 2024 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

Department of Computer Science & Engineering Undergraduate Academic Advisor Jacquelyn Burt was awarded the 2024 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Named in honor of John Tate, Professor of Physics and first Dean of University College (1930-41), the Tate Awards serve to recognize and reward high-quality academic advising, calling attention to the contribution academic advising makes to helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals.

“I thought it was a trick when I got the email that I was being nominated,” said Jacquelyn. “Within the advising field, this award is a big deal; I described it to my parents as ‘the advising Grammys’. Part of what makes it so cool is the nomination process, which involves several letters of support from students and colleagues as well as putting together a kind of portfolio of some of the programs and resources I’ve helped develop. So many different people contributed to that on my behalf, so it was really powerful to be reminded of the impact of my work and the amazing colleagues and students I get to love!”

Jacquelyn is a lifelong Gopher, earning her B.S. in business marketing education in 2014 and her M.Ed. in education policy and leadership in 2019. She joined the CS&E student services team in 2019, where she quickly developed a reputation as a staunch ally and advocate for her students. In 2021, Jacquelyn received the Gopher Spirit Award , recognizing the U of M advisor who contributes to a positive office culture, is inclusive, and brings others up. “I feel the most useful when a student or colleague is misunderstanding something, or experiencing a lot of stress, and I am able to help separate it into smaller pieces or come up with a different way of looking at it,” said Jacquelyn. “If I can shine light on something, help shift a lens or perspective, or give an idea or experience a bit of breathing room, I’m doing my job.”

When asked about what inspired her to work in advising, Jacquelyn replied, “When I first came to the University of Minnesota as a freshman, I was a family and social sciences major - I love relationships and helping, and so figured a career in marriage and family therapy sounded good. However, I’ve also always loved education and felt most at home at school - when I finished my undergraduate degree, I didn’t want to leave college because I loved it so much! Student advising seemed like a cool sweet spot between classroom teaching, advocacy, and being in a helping role. Ultimately, I’ve really come to see advising as facilitation work: I help students identify and navigate barriers to their goals, experiences, and personal development.”

As an undergraduate advisor, Jacquelyn manages a caseload of over 450 students in multiple majors, minors and other departmental programs. On top of her advising duties, Jacquelyn has undertaken a number of projects to better the undergraduate student experience, including establishing a weekly newsletter; designing, promoting, and executing departmental events and programs; and developing and teaching students through a variety of training and credit-bearing coursework. Most notably, Jacquelyn created and now facilitates mandatory implicit bias training for all 200+ undergraduate teaching assistants, as well as teaching CSCI 2915: Teaching Methods in Computer Science (a leadership and communication skills seminar) each semester.

“Within our student services team, we’ve developed a great culture of initiative and problem-solving: like, if you identify a problem and have or can create tools to help address it, amazing - you go get it!” said Jacquelyn. “We all believe that students deserve to have positive and supportive experiences while they are here, and we’ve built an advising team that trusts each of us to help bear that belief out. I definitely could not do my job without the collaboration, encouragement, and love of the whole team.”

On top of her work within CS&E, Jacquelyn has personally designed advising resources that have made an impact for undergraduate students across the entire university. Her “Explore & Expand” tool (originally developed for the college’s major/minor expo) is used widely throughout the entire University, particularly within the Center for Academic Planning and Exploration office. Additionally, her “Academic Progress Audit System Guide” resource (originally used within the departmental “Welcome to the Major” workshops) has been used in advisor training and onboarding. Above all, Jacquelyn has a keen eye for making connections, and for communicating things that can be overwhelmingly complex with both clarity and compassion.

“When I applied for this job, I had to come up with an ‘advising philosophy,’” said Jacquelyn. “What I landed on is anytime a student leaves an interaction with me, I want them to feel a little bit more seen, supported, and celebrated. I am a naturally celebratory person, which I’ve learned to embrace - and this award is a wonderful way to celebrate the work of advising!”

Learn more about the John Tate Award at the Provost website . 

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  18. Social Service Worker Program

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  21. College program standard: Social Service Worker

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  23. Additional information about International Student Program reforms

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