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Social Work and Social Services Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a Social Service Worker

A career in the social services field is demanding, but also extremely rewarding. In this field, you can reach out to community members in a number of areas, including health, education, corrections and, of course, social work. Social work and social services programs at Ontario colleges prepare students to work alongside professionals in those fields, providing assessment and intervention support while promoting positive interaction and connections between parties.

If you’re interested in putting your leadership, communication and problem-solving skills to work with social services training, here’s what you need to know. More

Social Work and Social Services Courses

Ontario college social services programs teach practical skills, but they also focus heavily on a student’s personal development. Along with theory and development courses like social work and the legal system, professional practice, communications and intervention, students will take classes that teach self-awareness, stability and emotional endurance to help them prepare for intense situations they may face in the industry.

Role playing and lab work are also a big part of social service worker programs, as they allow students to practice their skills in a simulated real-world environment. Students will also complete a field placement component of the curriculum.

General Social Work and Social Services Program Requirements

Social work and social service programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, with a grade 12 English credit. Courses in family, society and human development are also encouraged.

Many colleges require a Police Records Check for admission to the program, and may also require specific immunizations and documents before allowing students to participate in a field placement.

Social Work and Social Services Jobs and Salaries

Many social service workers choose to specialize in child social services , in settings such as schools or youth homes. Others choose to work with adults in settings like correctional facilities or counselling centers. Career paths may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Counselling services in schools, hospitals or group homes
  • Community services with government agencies
  • Continued education to become a social worker

Salaries in the field vary, depending on your position and level of experience. Average starting salaries are around $30,000 per year, with the potential to increase to $45,000 or more per year.

Ontario Colleges Offering Social Work and Social Services Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of social work and social services programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details ACTIVATION CO-ORDINATOR/GERONTOLOGY GEORGE BROWN WATERFRONT CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

ACTIVATION CO-ORDINATOR/GERONTOLOGY


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: C102
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details ASSAULTED WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S - COUNSELLOR/ADVOCATE GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

ASSAULTED WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S - COUNSELLOR/ADVOCATE


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: R107
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Has An Individualized Direct Entry To Second Year Option For Eligible Students Who Have Relevant Degrees Or Diplomas.

Show details CHILD AND YOUTH CARE GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS WAITLISTED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: C133
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Also See The Fast-Track Option For This Program.

Show details CHILD AND YOUTH CARE GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: C143
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 3
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Fast-Track Program, Which Starts In January And Runs For 16 Consecutive Months, Is Designed For University And College Graduates.

Show details COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES FLEMING PETERBOROUGH OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: CJS
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES FLEMING PETERBOROUGH OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: CJS
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES HUMBER LAKESHORE WAITLISTED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 11171
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES HUMBER LAKESHORE OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 11171
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES LOYALIST MAIN OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CJSW
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES LOYALIST MAIN OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CJSW
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORK CENTENNIAL ASHTONBEE OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORK


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 1230
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY INTEGRATION THROUGH CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION (CICE) MOHAWK FENNELL (HAMILTON) CLOSED Full Time 2015 - May Visit

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION THROUGH CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION (CICE)


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 284
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY INTEGRATION THROUGH CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION (CICE) MOHAWK FENNELL (HAMILTON) CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION THROUGH CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION (CICE)


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 284
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY WORKER GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNITY WORKER


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: C101
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY WORKER - OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNITY WORKER - OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PCWOD
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details CONCURRENT DISORDERS (POST DIPLOMA) CONFEDERATION DISTANCE EDUCATION OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

CONCURRENT DISORDERS (POST DIPLOMA)


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0190
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details CONCURRENT DISORDERS (POST DIPLOMA) CONFEDERATION DISTANCE EDUCATION OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

CONCURRENT DISORDERS (POST DIPLOMA)


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0190
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details CONCURRENT DISORDERS (POST DIPLOMA) CONFEDERATION DRYDEN OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

CONCURRENT DISORDERS (POST DIPLOMA)


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0190
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details CONCURRENT DISORDERS (POST DIPLOMA) CONFEDERATION DRYDEN OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

CONCURRENT DISORDERS (POST DIPLOMA)


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0190
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details CONCURRENT DISORDERS (POST DIPLOMA) CONFEDERATION FORT FRANCES OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

CONCURRENT DISORDERS (POST DIPLOMA)


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0190
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

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