Community, Family & Child Studies makes a difference
Using social justice principles, the Community, Family & Child Studies diploma prepares you to promote, support and strengthen the well-being of individuals and families. Graduates work as caring, ethical professionals who adapt to meet current and emergent community needs.
A career in caring
The Community, Family and Child Studies (CFCS) program leads you toward a career as a caring, ethical professional in a wide range of community and social service settings.
Working through this dynamic, professional two-year program, you'll acquire the skills and values needed to promote, strengthen and support the well-being of individuals and families.
We'll help you succeed
Our curriculum is based on contemporary research and grounded in principles of social justice, strengths-based practice, and self-determination.
The learning environment in the program is a co-operative one - all learners contribute, and all learn from one another. As you progress through courses and practicum placements, you'll become familiar with a variety of community services, and you'll gain experience supporting individuals and families.
Looking for employment?
There are many employment opportunities for you when you complete the CFCS program. You may work independently and/or as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and be accountable to individuals or community organizations.
Community and team environments could include family support services, schools and after school programs, family resource centres, life skills and recreation programs, youth services, women's services, employment training programs, community outreach, foster care and other residential settings.
Future education and transfer opportunities after graduation
Graduates from other Community, Family and Studies Department programs (Community Support and Education Assistant; Early Learning and Care; Indigenous Family Support Program; Mental Health and Addictions) can apply for transfer credit towards the CFCS diploma. See Program Leader for details.
CFCS diploma graduates may be eligible to receive block transfer (60 credits) towards the UVIC BA in Child & Youth Care. Transfer credit for related programs at other BC Post Secondary Institutions may also be available. Contact the Academic Advisor of the institution of choice for more details.
Community, Family & Child Studies
- Two academic years
- Study Options
- Full-time or part-time (four years)
- Work Experience
- Two practicum placements
- School of Health & Human Services