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Are you passionate about social and environmental change, enjoy working with groups, wish you could help connect people to services and opportunities in their community? Then the Community Development Work Program is for you!
This program will prepare you for an interdisciplinary field working with groups experiencing marginalization. You will build skills in critical thinking in matters of social justice, anti-oppressive practice, sustainable development, community engagement, community asset-mapping, fundraising, team building, collaborative leadership, project management, research and project evaluation, and much more.
Field expert guest speakers, field trips, collaborative projects with local and international NGOs attached to students learning evaluations and assessments are all components of our dynamic program of courses and learning outcomes.
Our faculty members are experienced and passionate practitioners who come from a diverse range of local and international community development settings and educational backgrounds.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of this program is how you connect theory to practice through our field placement learning opportunities. You will engage field placement opportunities/on-the job internship experiences with organizations, institutions and social enterprises actively engaged in community work.
Please Note: This program is taught using a combination of modalities. Courses may be taught face-to-face, online or in a blended/hybrid combination of both online and traditional classroom teaching.
- 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 www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.
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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners
Career Options, Academic Pathways and PartnersPrinter Friendly
Companies Offering Jobs
Toronto Community Housing, City of Toronto, United Way
We are excited to announce that our Community Development Work Program and the International Development Graduate Certificate Program have established an internal articulation agreement between the two programs. Graduates of the Community Development Work Program, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 would be eligible for admission into the International Development Graduate Certificate Program, pending room in the program.
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
City of Toronto Community Development Unit, Evergreen Brickworks, Victoria Hub, Action for Neighbourhood Change
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, East Scarborough Storefront, Rexdale Women's Center, Victoria Park Action for Neighborhood Change, Art Heart.
International: Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe, Peru, South Africa, Kenya
- Community Engagement Worker
- Community Outreach Worker
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Program Facilitator
- Youth Development Coordinator
- Community Service Worker
- Crisis Intervention Worker
- Family Service Worker
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- 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.
Semester RequirementsA C Grade is required in all core courses.
How to Apply
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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 Ontariocolleges.ca. 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 Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca 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 Ontariocolleges.ca.
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 Ontariocolleges.ca.
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 Ontariocolleges.ca 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 my.centennialcollege.ca.
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.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.
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