Prepare for your future with an Inclusive Education program
The idea of attending college can be intimidating when you have a developmental disability, intellectual disability or other learning challenges. Inclusive Education programs (also known as Community Integration through Co-operative Education programs) at Ontario colleges give you the opportunity to experience college life and pursue postsecondary education, with courses tailored to meet your individual needs. You will learn the skills you need to be independent in your community and find employment in your chosen field.
If an Inclusive Education program feels like the right choice for you, here’s what you need to know.
Inclusive Education Courses
All Inclusive Education programs have a set of core courses, focusing on skills like communication, human relations, computer literacy, and life skills. On top of these, you can select courses in a specific area that interests you, such as Culinary Management, Law and Security, Office Administration, Social Service Work and more. The areas will vary from college to college, depending on the types of programs they offer, so make sure you check to see what’s available before you apply.
Inclusive Education students will have access to a learning facilitator for both in-class support and tutoring outside of the classroom. Many programs also offer a field placement to help students develop skills for future employment.
General Inclusive Education Program Requirements
Inclusive Education programs require an OSSD or equivalent, or Mature Student status.
Once your application is received, colleges will send a follow-up package with specific program requirements. These requirements will vary from college to college, but might include a written letter outlining your need for a modified program curriculum, or references from teachers, employers or counselors who can speak to your level of independence in learning and working.
Colleges may also request that you participate in an interview to discuss your personal goals and how an Inclusive Education program can help you.
In addition to academic program requirements, students must also be able to make their own transportation arrangements, and provide a Criminal Record Check and Health Assessment form to participate in a field placement.
Inclusive Education - Job and Salary Outcomes
Graduates of Inclusive Education programs will have a variety of employment opportunities, depending on the area they have chosen to study. For example, students who focused on Law and Security may find work as a security officer, while those who chose Office Administration could get a job as an office assistant.
Because of the diversity of fields and job offerings, salaries are difficult to predict. Most graduates will begin in entry-level positions, and can expect their salary to increase with experience and level of responsibility.
Ontario Colleges Offering Inclusive Education 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 Inclusive Education programs at Ontario colleges.