NOTE: This course is NOT taking applications at this time

About the Leadership and Disability Studies diploma

The Leadership and Disability Studies Diploma is a unique career and academic pathway that may be just what you have been looking for whether you want to advance your career, or your vision for a better world. You'll gain advanced-level training for working in the community living, inclusive education, disability and disability-related sectors from this diploma program. 

 “In its social constructionist view of disability and its curricular focus on advocacy and social change, [the diploma] is aligned with the most progressive education offered in the field. The students graduating with the diploma are impressive and the leaders of tomorrow” (Melanie Panitch, Associate Professor and Founding Director of the School of Disability Studies, Ryerson).


For second year admission to this program, you will have completed Vancouver Island University's Education Assistant and Community Support certificate program (formerly School and Community Support Worker) https://pr.viu.ca/eacs/index.asp#outline 

Applicants with a substantive background will be eligible to complete a Prior Learning Assessment.

We are also interested in receiving applications from individuals who have completed similar programs in other provinces or with substantive work experience combined with other professional development or academic training including Health Care Assistant.  For example,  we welcome applications from graduates of the following articulated programs as an acceptable alternative.

  • Community Support and Education Assistant Certificate, Camosun College
  • Education Assistant Certificate, Capilano University
  • Education Assistant Certificate and Community Support Worker Certificate, College of New Caledonia
  • Education Assistant Certificate, College of the Rockies
  • Classroom and Community Support Certificate or Diploma, Douglas College
  • Education Assistant Certificate, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Education Assistant Certificate, Langara College
  • Human Services Certificate, North Island College
  • Education Assistant Certificate or Diploma, Northern Lights College
  • Human Service Worker Diploma, Okanagan College
  • Education Assistant and Community Support Worker Certificate, Selkirk College
  • Education and Community Support Certificate, Thompson River University
  • Community Support Certificate, University of the Fraser Valley
  • Education Assistant, Yukon College


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Emily Elgie (right) and Glenys Patmore (left) represent leadership in the disability sector. Emily is a self-advocate who attends Clay Tree. She is often asked to be a guest speaker at conferences and special events. She is confident in front of an audience because of her involvement with toastmasters and Special Olympics. Emily enjoys volunteering at the Home Arts during the VIEX and considers herself a world traveler. Having 30 years’ experience both as a General Manager and as a Director, Glenys has embraced many challenges. Glenys has worked in the public sector in local Government and more recently as Managing Director for a manufacturing company with plants both in the UK and the USA.Glenys was hired in the spring of 2014 as Clay Tree Society’s Executive Director. She brings with her invaluable skills and experience which has been instrumental in moving Clay Tree forward.

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