Social Service Worker (Fast-Track) is an innovative one-year program designed to guide you in developing the knowledge, value and skills to work directly with a wide range of people in need. You will have the opportunity to learn to identify and act upon many of the systemic barriers that can impede access to social and economic justice in today’s society, and be a voice for people who are never heard.
Students will examine the expanding professional roles and responsibilities of social service workers in large urban centres and within a rapidly changing society.
Apply to this program if you are a university graduate with a degree in a discipline such as:
- women’s studies
- environmental studies
- education and cultural anthropology at a university
A college graduate* with a diploma in:
- Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor/Advocate
- Child and Youth Worker
- Community Worker
- Behavioural Science Technology
- Career and Work Counsellor
- Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology
*George Brown College graduates can apply directly to the SSW fast-track program (C135) semester 2.
Find a complete list of degrees and diplomas considered for admission to the SSW C135 fast-track program.
Successful completion of a 5-week bridging program in May is required prior to entrance to the fall semester.
Additional fees will apply for the spring/summer semester. Note: Students are not eligible for OSAP for the spring/summer semester.
Your Field Study Options
Field placement is an important component of this program. Practical experience provides you the opportunity to apply classroom theory to the real world environment, allowing you to build confidence as you hone your skills.
Note: In compliance with the requirements of our student placement partners, all students in this program must have a police vulnerable sector check completed before their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” Students who are unable to provide a clear police reference check may be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program. Students will be required to provide a clear police reference check prior to placement.
Program Standards and Learning Outcomes
Program standards apply to all similar programs of instruction offered by colleges across the province. Each program standard for a postsecondary program of instruction includes the following elements:
- Vocational standard (the vocationally specific learning outcomes which apply to the program in question),
- Essential employability skills (the essential employability skills learning outcomes which apply to all programs of instruction), and
- General education requirement (the requirement for general education in postsecondary programs of instruction).
The vocational and essential employability skills components of program standards are expressed in terms of learning outcomes. Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved and verified.
View standards and outcomes by program.
Source: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website