Community Development Work

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Program Code: 1230

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Ashtonbee Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5303

Centennial College's Community Development Work program prepares you for an interdisciplinary field that incorporates politics, economics, research and an understanding of cultural diversity. If you are interested in this offering, you should have a strong desire to build healthy communities and make a difference in the lives of others, have excellent teamwork skills and be willing to continuously learn.

This Community Development Work program — grounded in the belief that there is no one road map to community development practice and that the community itself is "organic by nature" — covers different theoretical approaches and ideas related to community development, considering ecological, social and economic constraints and possibilities.

Guest speakers, group work, problem solving and development of communication skills are features of Community and Development Work courses. Additionally, you have an opportunity to connect theory with practice — and local issues with global citizenship — through a domestic and/or international field placement.

Faculty members in this School of Community and Health Studies offering are experienced practitioners who come from a diverse range of fields. As such, you are encouraged to practice reflexive, rigorous, critical and creative thinking that informs interpretations, processes and policies in the wider society.

As an interdisciplinary field, community development practice strives to enhance the social and economic well being of people living in various contexts. It has emerged as a participatory, holistic and inclusive process that leads to positive and concrete changes in communities by creating employment, reducing poverty, restoring the health of the natural environment, stabilizing local economies, and increasing community autonomy.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CDEV-112 Theoretical Foundations in CD Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-114 Sustainable Community Development Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-116 Communication Fundamentals Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-118 Fundamental for Success in CDW Ashtonbee Campus
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CDEV-214 Community Economic Development Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-216 Community Engagement and Participation Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-218 Group Dynamics for CDW Ashtonbee Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Ashtonbee Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Ashtonbee Campus

Semester Note

Pre-Requisite for COMM170/171: COMM160/161-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV214: CDEV112-P, CDEV118-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV216: CDEV112-P, CDEV116-P, CDEV118-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV218: CDEV112-P, CDEV116-P, CDEV118-P
C = Co-Requisite; P = Pre-Requisite
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
CDEV-312 Community Development in Action Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-314 Global Perspectives in Community Development Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-316 Community Development Policy Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-320 Placement 1 - GTA Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus

Semester Note

Pre-Requisite for GNED: CDEV212-P, CDEV216-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV-312: CDEV216-P, CDEV218-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV-314: CDEV216-P, CDEV218-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV-316: CDEV214-P, CDEV216-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV-320: CDEV118-P, CDEV216-P, CDEV218-P
C = Co-Requisite; P = Pre-Requisite
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
CDEV-420 Placement 2 - International/Domestic Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-422 Placement Seminar Ashtonbee Campus

Semester Note

Pre-Requisite for CDEV-420: CDEV320-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV-422: CDEV320-P, CDEV420-C
C = Co-Requisite; P = Pre-Requisite

Companies Offering Jobs

Toronto Community Housing, City of Toronto, United Way

Program Highlights

  • The Community Development Work program provides you with the opportunity to practice your acquired knowledge under the supervision of community practitioners in two separate "real world" fieldwork settings during the third and fourth semesters.
  • You are exposed to opportunities for international development placements.
  • As a student of this School of Community and Health Studies program, you work in communities to advocate for change strategies that promote social and economic justice, and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students in this program will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio and the supports available to you, please visit

Articulation Agreements

Exceptional articulation agreement with Algoma University:

  • General B.A in Community Economic and Social Development
  • Honours B.A. in Community Economic and Social Development
  • General B.A. in Community Development

Educational Partners

City of Toronto Community Development Unit, Evergreen Brickworks, Victoria Hub

Placement Partners

Local: City of Toronto, Community Development Unit, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) - Resident Engagement Unit, Council of Agencies Serving South Agencies (CASSA), For Youth Initiative, East End Community Health Centre, Working Women Community Centre, Community Outreach Canada

International: Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Ghana


Career Outlook

  • Community engagement worker
  • Community outreach worker
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Program facilitator
  • Youth development coordinator
  • Community service worker
  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Family service worker

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Note: You will receive an invitation to attend an Community Development Work program admission session shortly after you apply to the program. It is important that you attend the session to make sure that this program is the right fit for you.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,935.50 $1,025.00 $3,960.50
International $13,283.00 $2,308.00 $15,591.00