- Program Length2 Years
- Location OfferedOnline
- Apply for AdmissionApplication Form
Note: Applications are not currently being accepted.
This program provides advanced-level training for working in the community living, inclusive education, disability and disability-related sectors. It builds on Vancouver Island University's Education Assistant and Community Support certificate program (previously School and Community Support Worker) or other acceptable alternatives. The program includes the following components:
- Courses which explore leadership, advocacy, social policy, citizenship, community organizing, and community development as they relate to inclusion and the disability sector.
- Engaged learning experiences by examining collaborative research methods and learning through community service.
- Elective courses drawn from a wide-ranging selection of options from different disciplines relevant to leadership and the disability field.
Graduates of the diploma program will gain and/or enhance their skills to work in a broad range of disability sector positions including supervisory/administrative roles and more specialized direct service roles with community agencies, private service providers and some government services.
The Leadership and Disability Studies Diploma is a pathway to numerous 3rd year degree options.
The Leadership and Disability Studies Diploma at Vancouver Island University will accept students into Year 2 of the program and will be delivered through distance education. Students must have access to high speed internet. Students will:
- Participate in an online orientation prior to program commencement.
- Participate in courses that have both asynchronous (online access to course materials) and synchronous (online access to course materials, audio and visual discussion, e.g. Skype) course delivery methods.
- Participate in a one week on site intensive experience in Powell River.
This program uses workplace or community-based undergraduate research projects to help students integrate and apply classroom learning in practice, while making a contribution to their home community, school or organization.
Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Vancouver Island University diploma.
Transfer Credit (from other institutions)
Vancouver Island University recognizes the academic knowledge and achievement of students who have undertaken post-secondary studies at other colleges, institutes, or universities. Credit is assigned on the basis of an official transcript, course outlines, and other supporting documentation.
Prior Learning Assessment
Prior Learning Assessments are also available for students with substantial work experience or other closely related activities.