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What will I learn?

Acquire the skills needed to support individuals with disabilities in early intervention, community settings, schools, recreation, and employment. You will be prepared to create, implement, assess, and modify plans to help utilize individual strengths and abilities to increase opportunities for meaningful participation in the community.

The Disability Studies program is a two-year diploma that will help you develop the skills needed to effectively work in supporting individuals with disabilities across their lifespan. Individuals with developmental disabilities need support in early intervention, community settings, schools, recreation, and employment opportunities. A skilled workforce is needed to help people with disabilities achieve their goals and effectively participate as members of the community.

Disability service workers can work in a family or community setting in teams or independently to support individuals and their families. Graduates will create, implement, assess and modify plans to help utilize individuals’ strengths and abilities to increase avenues for meaningful participation in the community and society.

Practicum/Work Experience

This program includes 400 hours of practicum and 90 hours of community support learning.

Career Potential

The program will prepare graduates for employment in a number of careers in the non-profit sector for Community Disability Sector Services, and various departments within municipal and provincial governments, including Family Managed Services (Alberta Children’s Services and Disability Services Division).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Community Studies

Study options

Full Time (4 terms (2 years))

Tuition fees
CAD$14,892.00 (US$ 11,316) per year
Total tuition: CAN $29,784; Total fees: CAN $3,405

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020, September 2021


NorQuest College

10215 108 Street NW,


Alberta (AB),

T5J 1L6, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants that have completed the high school level of education in another country must have graduated with appropriate high school documents and credentials.

ELP Requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5; no section score below 6

TOEFL iBT: 84; no section score below 21

Cambridge English Language Assessment: 180; no section score below 165

CAEL: 70; no section score below 70

PTE Academic: 59; no section score below 56

minimum of: 80% in ESLS 8000 or ESLS 8100, and 80% in ESLW 8000 or ESLW 8100; or 50% in ESLG 1898 and ESLG % in ESLG 1860 and ESLG 1861

Application deadline: Fall - June 30.

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About this uni

Students can choose certificate or diploma programs covering areas such as health, business. technology and community studies.

  • Located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city
  • Over 60 per cent of students were born outside of Canada
  • Large number of scholarships on offer
  • Many courses include work-integrated learning