Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

  1. How many people usually apply for this programs?
  2. How many students are admitted into the program each intake?
  3. How are students usually selected for the program?
  4. How can I prepare for the interview?
  5. When are interviews held for entry to the program?
  6. If I don’t get accepted into the program this year, can I apply again next year?
  7. If I am not admitted into the program this year, can I take any classes that will give me credit in the program?
  8. What can I do to increase my chances of getting into this program?
  9. When will I hear if I have been accepted?

 

General

  1. What are the costs of the LDS program?
  2. Does this program qualify for a student loan?
  3. Does this program ladder into or from any other University or College programs?

 

Format

  1. What is a typical weekly schedule?
  2. How much homework should I expect if I am a full time student?
  3. Can I access this program on a part-time basis?
  4. Does this program offer Prior Learning Assessment?
  5. Is field work, practicum, internship, or coop available/required in this program?

 

Employment Outcomes

  1. What types of jobs will I be qualified for after I graduate?
  2. Is further training necessary in order for me to enter the job market?
  3. What are the starting wages a graduate could expect?
  4. Will I have to travel in order to find employment in this field? If so, where would this be?
  5. On average, what percentage of the class successfully complete the program?
  6. On average, what percentage of the graduates get employment in the field?

 

Admissions

1. How many people usually apply for this programs?

This program is new and responds to the demand from community organizations who are seeking well trained employees.   Therefore we anticipate a solid demand for the program of about 50-60 applicants each intake.

2. How many students are admitted into the program each intake?

The number of students admitted each year varies depending on the number of part-time students. Class size is 34.

3. How are students usually selected for the program?

Students are selected based on the status of their academic record, letters of reference, writing skills, extent of their paid and/or volunteer experience. An interview or group interview may also be required.

4. How can I prepare for the interview?

The interview is intended as an opportunity for faculty to be introduced to students and for students to become familiarized with the program. Be on time and ready to present yourself in a professional manner.

5. When are interviews held for entry to the program?

Typically in late April and early May. Depending on the number of applicants and their level of past academic achievement and experience, interviews may not be utilized in our selection process.

6. If I don’t get accepted into the program this year, can I apply again next year?

This program is offered every two years.

7. If I am not admitted into the program this year, can I take any classes that will give me credit in the program?

Yes, you could complete the English requirement if you do not already have university-level English. You could also complete the Psychology, Sociology or Management course requirements and the elective requirements. Keep in mind that 30 credits of the 60 credits must be from VIU to earn VIU's Leadership and Disability Studies diploma.

8. What can I do to increase my chances of getting into this program?

You should ensure that your application for admission is complete and current, and submitted on time.

9. When will I hear if I have been accepted?

You will be informed of your admission status within a few weeks after the close of applications, generally in April or early May.

 

General

1. What are the costs of the LDS program?

Information regarding tuition costs is available in the Vancouver Island University calendar. https://www.viu.ca/admissions/tuition-fee-schedule.   Other costs such as texts and student materials are estimated at $100 - $150 per course. You are responsible for travel costs to and from your practicum site, as well as travel costs to Powell River for the face-to-face intensive residency.  There will be a charge for accommodation and meals during the Powell River Residency.

2. Does this program qualify for a student loan?

Yes. You can apply for a student loan. See Financial Aid and Awards for details.

3. Does this program ladder into or from any other University or College programs?

Yes. If you successfully complete the program, you will receive a Vancouver Island University diploma. This diploma has the potential to ladder into the Child and Youth Care diploma, the Child and Youth Care degree and/or the Social Service Worker diploma, as well as a general Bachelor of Arts degree at VIU. Students have also laddered into the Bachelor of Social Work degree at VIU. If you have credits from another university or college program, applicable Human Services courses may be recognized towards this diploma. Please contact the program chair for more information.

 

Format

1. What is a typical weekly schedule?

Classes are offered in a variety of formats including traditional classrooms and on-line. All of the LDS courses are offered in a blended delivery, meaning that most of the work is on-line, except for the intensive, 5-day residency in Powell River at the beginning of the program (generally September, every second year).  The elective courses are genearlly offered in a traditional classroom on campus. The practicum hours will be arranged between you and your community organization placement. Your weekly schedule will vary depending on which courses are offered and which ones you enroll in.

2. How much homework should I expect if I am a full time student?

You can expect 4 – 6 hours per course per week.

3. Can I access this program on a part-time basis?

Yes, you can take this program on a part-time basis with a completion requirement within five years.

4. Does this program offer Prior Learning Assessment?

Yes, a Prior Learning Assessment is only available if you are admitted into the program. Once admitted, if you think you may qualify for a Prior Learning Assessment credit, please consult with the program advisor, coordinator or chair.

5. Is field work, practicum, internship, or coop available/required in this program?

Yes, you will have one practicum placement during your program (105 hours) at a community agency.  Please review the LDS 230 course outline for prerequisites and an outline of expectations.

  

Employment Outcomes

1. What types of jobs will I be qualified for after I graduate?

The LDS diploma will prepare you for employment in supervisory and administrative roles in the inclusive education, disability and disability-related sectors.  It will also provide the knowledge and skills necessary to provided advanced level direct services in public, governmental and private organizations serving people living with disabilities and their families.

2. Is further training necessary in order for me to enter the job market?

Some further training may be required to enter the job market, for example first aid, and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) . Other specialized skills and knowledge would certainly be an asset (i.e., Autism-specific training, Braille, Sign Language Interpreter training, Class IV Drivers License).

3. What are the starting wages a graduate could expect?

The starting wages are approximately $25-35 an hour for a new management trainee.

4. Will I have to travel in order to find employment in this field? If so, where would this be?

It is likely that graduates will find work in the mid-island region. However, this certification is recognized throughout British Columbia.

5. On average, what percentage of the class successfully complete the program?

This Program has a very low dropout rate. Students may take the program on a part-time basis and are allowed up to five years to complete the requirements.

6. On average, what percentage of the graduates get employment in the field?

Most graduates who have completed the program in the last three years have found employment in the field, unless they chose to go on to further studies.

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