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Social Service Worker

Credential: DiplomaProgram Code: 01221Length: 4 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Vulnerable Sector Check

  • Throughout the program, employers who provide field placement opportunities may require students to undergo a vulnerable sector check for criminal offences.
  • Mandatory bonding is a requirement for some sectors of the corrections field.

It is important for potential students to understand that the requirements noted above are beyond the control of Humber and may prevent students from completing the full program including the field placement component and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this program.

 

Note: A vulnerable sector check will be requested during your program of study. In respect of the 90-day limit on validity of checks and the types of checks required by various agencies, please do not attain a vulnerable sector check prior to being accepted to the program. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.

Fees

The 2018-2019 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,922.70
  • international: $14,964.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Additional Costs

$400 – supplies (per semester), transportation costs to and from field placement (varies).

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS WITHIN HUMBER AFTER THIS PROGRAM

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Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of seven semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

 

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$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

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Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.  Students should apply through ontariocolleges.ca and select Entry Level 5.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

 

Apply for this degree starting in Fall >   

$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

PATHWAYS OUT TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Programs:
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

PROGRAM OFFERED AT GLENDON COLLEGE. Students must successfully complete the Humber Social Services Worker Diploma program with a minimum average of 70%. Students will be eligible to receive 45 transfer credits towards one of the following BA of Sociology, Psychology or any Bachelor of Arts Degree (90 or 120 credits) offered at Glendon College, York University

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements. 

Programs:
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours - Applied Social Studies - Professional Social Care

IT Carlow will accept graduate from the Diploma in Social Work at Humber College into year 3 of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Applied Social Studies - Professional Social Care subject to graduates achieving 60% in their final exam results.

 Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Programs:
  • BBA Health Services Administration

Students who complete a 2 year diploma at Humber will be granted 60 credit hours toward the completion of a bachelor degree program at Davenport University. You will need to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (approximately two years of full-time attendance) to meet residency and program requirements and to complete your bachelor degree program. Students must complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours to earn a bachelor degree. The total credit hours will include the completed 2 year diploma classes plus any courses completed through Davenport University.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Programs:
  • Law LLB

Humber students who have successfully completed a Diploma in any field at Humber College and meet the requirements, will be considered for admission into the University of Gloucestershire's Law LLB (Hons) (2-year fast track). International students should demonstrate and must provide evidence that they have attained a level of English Equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall. Alternative acceptable English Language qualifications can be found at: http://www.glos.ac.uk/study/international/Pages/international-students.aspx

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements

Programs:
  • Bachelor of Human Service (Logan and Gold Coast)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Logan and Gold Coast)

Applicants from Humber College who meet the requirements will be eligible for admission to Griffith University (Logan and Gold Coast) with full block transfer credit, provided all other entrance criteria are met and space remains available in the related program of study.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Lisa Morris, program co-ordinator
(full-time students)
416.675.6622 ext. 2608
lisa.morris@humber.ca

Part-time Students
416.675.6622 ext. 2628
Humber.ptssw@humber.ca

communityservices.humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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Humber’s Social Service Worker diploma program prepares you to work with people in a professional helping role. Approaching your education from an individual and a community perspective, you will learn how to empower and advocate for people to meet their goals and to access needed services and programs.

Skilled, committed faculty with real-life work experience in the human services field teach with a focus on promoting equity and addressing barriers people face on the basis of race, class, disabilities, gender or sexual orientation.

You will study topics such as human behaviour and development; interpersonal, interviewing and counselling skills; family dynamics; legislation and social policy; and how to work effectively with groups and communities. You will develop the skills needed to intervene in crisis situations and to work with a broad range of people including those experiencing poverty, settlement challenges, domestic violence, mental health issues and substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, and other challenging life events.

The Social Service Worker program is also offered part time.

*International students may only apply at the Lakeshore campus.

Courses Program Standards Part Time Stream

Curriculum

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Compulsory Courses20192020
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SSW 101: Urban Sociology  
SSW 102: Human Growth and Behaviour  
SSW 103: Orientation to Human Services  
SSW 108: Interpersonal and Group Skills  
SSW 153: Counselling Skills 1  
WRIT 100: College Reading and Writing Skills  
SSW 154: Family Dynamics  
SSW 155: Cross-Cultural Skills  
SSW 157: Field Practice and Seminar 1  
SSW 210: Counselling Skills 2  
SSW 255: Case Management: Advocacy  
WRIT 200: Workplace Writing Skills  
GNED 101: An Introduction to Arts and Sciences  
SSW 208: Political Process  
SSW 209: Mental Health Foundations  
SSW 212: Community Development  
SSW 213: Crisis Intervention and Trauma  
SSW 257: Field Practice and Seminar 2  
SSW 252: Agency Administration and Fundraising  
SSW 254: Legislation in Human Services  
SSW 258: Independent Study  
SSW 259: Special Topics in Social Service Work  
SSW 267: Field Practice and Seminar 3  
Take 1 of the following electives20192020
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ANTH 202: Physical Anthropology  
ANTH 205: Cultural Anthropology  
ARTS 138: Understanding Movies: An Introduction to Film Studies  
ARTS 229: Musical Pioneers  
ARTS 246: Art and Artists: Money, Madness and Masterpieces  
CULT 120: Indigenous Perspectives on Music, Film and Media  
CULT 206: Canadian Society and Culture  
CULT 211: Conspiracy Theories and Critical Thinking  
CULT 220: News: Constructed and Consumed  
CULT 228: Popular Culture: Shaping How We Live  
CULT 229: Understanding Diversity: The World in Canada  
CULT 239: Digital Culture  
CULT 242: Culture, Technology and Identity  
CULT 243: Crossing Borders: Migration and Culture  
CULT 245: The Body: Beauty, Sex and Consumerism  
CULT 248: Women and Popular Culture  
ECON 150: Real Life Economics  
ECON 204: People, Money and Markets  
ECON 206: The History of Money  
ENGL 239: Dark Days Ahead  
GENX 001: General Education Exempt  
GEOG 211: Physical Geography  
GEOG 212: Political Geography  
HIST 217: History of War  
HIST 240: Law and Society  
HUMA 137: Art Matters: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art  
HUMA 226: The Arts and the 21st Century Imagination: Longing for Paradise  
HUMA 230: Women and Religious Traditions  
HUMA 235: World Religions: Western and Eastern Traditions  
HUMA 240: Rethinking Animals  
HUMA 242: Vampires in Film and Literature  
HUMA 250: God, Science and Religion  
HUMA 255: Death and the Afterlife: Global Perspectives  
HUMA 260: The World of Myths and Legends  
IKN 100: Original People: Culture, Knowledge and Worldview  
IKN 101: Indigenous Cultural Values: Behaviour and Identity  
IKN 200: Indigenous Family and Community  
IKN 201: Encounter, Change, Resistance and Renewal  
MILE 210: Italy: Art and Architecture  
MILE 215: Great Cities: USA  
PHIL 120: Philosophy: A History of Ideas  
PHIL 150: The Love of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy  
PHIL 217: Ethical Issues  
PHIL 222: Justice: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law  
PHIL 225: Philosophy of Love and Sex  
PHIL 226: World Philosophy  
PHIL 227: Business Ethics  
PHIL 228: Success: Philosophical Perspectives  
PHIL 229: Violence, Order and Justice: An Introduction to Political Philosophy  
PHIL 230: Environmental Ethics  
PHIL 235: Technology, Values, and Science  
POLS 150: Introduction to Politics  
POLS 206: Morality, Democracy and Politics  
POLS 219: Globalization  
POLS 220: Politics in an Apocalyptic World: Zombies, Aliens, and Killer Viruses  
POLS 223: War and Terrorism  
POLS 224: Justice, Equality and Rights  
POLS 225: Environmental Policy and Economics  
PSYC 110: Groups, Teams and Their Dynamics  
PSYC 150: Psychology: Introduction  
PSYC 210: Psychology: Developmental  
PSYC 224: Psychology: Social  
PSYC 230: Psychology: Abnormal  
PSYC 245: Personality and its Assessment: Who am I? (And how do I know?)  
SCIE 150: The Science of Everything  
SCIE 209: Water: A Life or Death Issue  
SCIE 213: Astronomy: The Evolving Universe  
SCIE 216: Origins of Life  
SCIE 218: Science Behind the Headlines  
SCIE 219: Dangerous Earth  
SCIE 221: The Environment  
SCIE 222: Big History: A Biography of the Universe  
SCIE 223: Astrobiology: Life in the Universe  
SCIE 224: Discovering Dinosaurs  
SOCE 006: Canadian Society and Culture  
SOCI 150: Sociology: Introduction  
SOCI 207: Social Entrepreneurship: Profit, People and the Planet  
SOCI 211: Sociology of the Everyday Life  
SOCI 218: Population and Social Change  
SOCI 219: Sport and Society  
SOCI 226: Health and Society  
SOCI 227: Environmental Citizenship  
SOCI 232: Gender, Power and Society  
SOCI 233: Sociology of Cultural Difference  
SOCI 234: Society and Conflict  
SOCI 236: Issues in Crime  
SOCI 237: The Sociology of Fashion  
SOCI 238: Sociology of Food  
SOCI 239: Citizenship, Immigration and Democracy  
SOCI 240: Sociology of the Family  
SOCI 246: Sociology of Emotions  
SOCI 247: Leadership  
SOCI 249: Imagining the City  
SOCI 257: Canada Today  
SOCI 277: Sexual Diversity: Contemporary Social Issues  

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships which adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work.
  • Identify strengths, resources, and challenges of individuals, families, groups, and communities to assist them in achieving their goals.
  • Recognize diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families, and communities to promote accessible and responsive programs and services.
  • Identify current social policy, relevant legislation, and political, social, and/or economic systems and their impacts on service delivery.
  • Advocate for appropriate access to resources to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and community partners.
  • Develop strategies and plans that lead to the promotion of self-care, improved job performance, and enhanced work relationships.
  • Integrate social group work and group facilitation skills across a wide range of environments, supporting growth and development of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Work in communities to advocate for change strategies that promote social and economic justice and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination.


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How will Courses be Delivered for Part-Time Diploma?

Courses will be taught at the Humber Lakeshore Campus on evenings, weekends and during intensive Summer Institutes with course work condensed into five or six days. Select courses are also delivered at the Humber North Campus. Some courses will be available online or onsite at your agency. Any agency with 20 or more staff who are interested in the program may arrange for courses to be delivered onsite. In addition to inclass courses, students are require to complete 3 work placements. Should a student already have prior experience in the Human Services field, they may be eligible for prior learning credits.

Work Placement

You will work together with a field placement co-ordinator to align two unpaid field placements with one of our community partners.

Your first-year placement begins in the January semester and your second-year placement runs throughout the academic year. Placements are two days per week. You will have the opportunity to experience a full work week in Semesters 2, 3, and 4.  

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2019OrangevilleOpenNot Available
September 2019LakeshoreWaitlistedClosed

Watch the video to find out why our graduates entered the program and how it prepared them for a career in the Human Services sector.

 

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Your Career

Prepare for work in women’s shelters, community centres, refugee centres, youth employment agencies, hostels, drop-in centres for homeless people, other social assistance agencies and group homes and in agencies in the justice system. You will deal with a range of clients including individuals with psychiatric issues, developmental delays and disabilities.

Gain skills needed to become a case manager, intake worker, residential counsellor, community/family support worker, or mental health or outreach worker.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW)

Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW).

Ontario Social Service Worker Association (OSSWA)

Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Social Service Worker Association (OSSWA).

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Advisory Committee

The advisory committee is comprised of people with extensive experience in the social service work profession, representing a variety of settings that employ Social Service Worker graduates. Many are members of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Social Services Workers.

Community Partnerships

Humber has successful partnerships with an extensive list of agencies that provide placements and/or employment opportunities for students/graduates: The Canadian Mental Health Association – Court Support, Victim Services of Peel, Bayview Community Services, Toronto Bail Program, Toronto Association for Community Living, LAMP, Probation and Parole, and Native Child and Family Services.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.

On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.