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What will I learn?

Build a rewarding career where you'll help children and adults live to their potential. This program will prepare you to support the well-being of people with disabilities. Take an active role in creating inclusive and diverse communities.

The demand for a well-educated workforce in this field is growing. Schools, companies, and communities are becoming more inclusive in their programs and services. They're looking for you as a valuable team player.

Graduates may study for an extra two terms and earn a Disability Studies Diploma.

Additional Information

The links below are examples of where you might work as a certificate or diploma graduate in Disability Studies.

Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS)

This is a province wide not-for-profit association. It supports people with developmental disabilities or brain injury.

Alberta Disability Workers Association

A professional association for workers in Alberta supporting people with disabilities.

Autism Calgary

An organization that brings hope and help to people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Children’s Link

The Children’s Link Society helps families and professionals who deal with children with special needs.

Inclusion Alberta

Inclusion Alberta is a non-profit federation that advocates for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Providence Child Care

Early childhood programs, schools, and community services helping every child reach their potential

Renfrew Education Services

Renfrew Educational Services is a leader in program development for children with special needs.

There are also positions for education assistants in classrooms for children with a disability.

Which department am I in?

School of Community Studies

Study options

Full Time (2 terms)

Tuition fees
Online start fees: CAN $13,609; Estimated Book Costs: CAN $750

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

Start date

1 September 2020


Bow Valley College

Calgary Downtown Campus,

345 - 6 Avenue SE,


Alberta (AB),

T2G 4V1, Canada

Online/Distance (2 terms)

Tuition fees
Online start fees: CAN $13,609; Estimated Book Costs: CAN $750

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

Start date

1 September 2020

Entry requirements

For international students

Credit in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent Or

Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test, that consists of five tests, with a minimum score in the following sections:

Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score Or

Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test

IELTS Academic - 6.0 with minimum band score 6.0 (Winter 2020 onward), Pearson Test of English (PTE) A 59-64, TOEFL 83.

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About this uni

Program content is designed with input from industry partners, ensuring that students graduate with the skills employers need.

  • 93% Programs with work experience component
  • 88% graduate employment rate
  • Over 2,350 international students each year
  • Alberta’s largest comprehensive college