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Overview

This online graduate certificate (8 course) program has been designed to meet the needs of individuals who have already received their Early Childhood Education Diploma (or equivalency granted by the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario, AECEO), and who wish to pursue professional specialization. It provides early childhood educators with the knowledge and techniques necessary to promote the inclusion of children with identified barriers to learning.

The RTI online part-time program emphasizes the ability of the adult learner to plan and carry out a professional course of study. The learning process is aimed at developing competent professional members of a transdisciplinary team. Faculty act as resource persons to facilitate the student's progress through the program.

In addition to six (6) academic courses there are two (2) field placements totaling of 210 hours of placement experience. Field work experiences take place in integrated settings, with families and community agencies and are a required component of the certificate program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employed in integrated and community based programs, consultative services and specialized settings serving children with special needs. Models of service delivery and roles of resource teachers vary.

Entry Requirements

Step 1 - Admission into RTI Program.
The following documentation must be emailed to Kailah.Rubin@senecacollege.ca and approved by the program coordinator before enrolling in the program.

  1. Early Childhood Education Diploma and transcript or equivalency granted by the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO) or copy of College of ECE registration card.
  2. Documentation stating previous experience (minimum 105 hours) with children who are developmentally handicapped/delayed, as defined by the Day Nurseries Act. This experience can have occurred in a supervised field placement during the applicant's early childhood education training, through volunteer work or work experience following graduation.
  3. Documentation stating one post-diploma year working as an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in a licensed daycare centre.
  4. Waiver Re: Freedom of Information

Note: Students in the Bachelor of Child Development (BCD) at Seneca who have completed module 7 can speak to the program coordinator regarding starting selected RTI courses.

Step 2 - Admission to Field Placements.
Placement must be approved prior to students enrolling into placement courses. (Note: Students must be enrolled in the theory course and corresponding field placement course concurrently. For example, FLD103 and RTI103). Block placements for field are not permitted. There is no Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for Field Placement.
The following documentation must be e-mail to Kailah.Rubin@senecacollege.ca and approved before registering or starting in any field placement.

  1. Valid Standard First Aid/CPR Certificate.
  2. Current Medical Form (completed by their physician).
  3. Current Police Reference Check (PRC).
    Students are to call coordinator/parttime coordinator for a City of Toronto application form.
    Students living outside the GTA & York Region can contact their local station directly for a PRC form. If a letter from the College is required please contact the program coordinator.

Note: Signed copy of the Work/Education Placement Agreement Form will be mailed out after student has registered into the field placement course.

Note:

  1. Students must have access to settings in which they can fulfill assignments and must find a resource teacher to supervise their placements.
  2. Although College approved work place settings may be used in place of one of the required field placements, students should be prepared to arrange the time required to complete fieldwork placements outside of their workplace.
  3. Students, or professionals in related fields, who wish to take specific courses may be considered on an individual basis.
  4. Potential registrants must read the Online information section for program eligibility.
  5. Students must have access to a computer with a minimun of the following features:
    • Pentium 2 or higher
    • Windows 95
    • Netscape 7.0 or higher, or Internet Explorer 6 or higher
    • Full internet access including access to discussion groups and valid E-mail address including an activated Seneca E-mail address. No other Email address will be accepted. Office Suite Software (including Word Processing and Spreadsheet) and presentation software is recommended.
  6. Students must possess computer skills level equivalent to ICA001 and possess knowledge with Windows Operating System (Win 9x, Win NT or Win 2000, Win XP or Win Vista).

Prerequisites

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.

Note:

  1. Students are responsible to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites are met.
  2. Students who lacks appropriate prerequisites will be asked to withdraw or transfer to an appropriate course with potential risk of financial and academic penalty.
  3. Please check course prerequisites and corequisites before registering. Both fieldwork courses have a co-requisite. Students must register for both academic fieldwork co-requisite courses.

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Curriculum

RTI101
Introduction to the Field of Early Intervention
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Prerequisite(s):

Successful completion of a post-secondary diploma in Early Childhood Education, or its equivalent. RTI101 and RTI102 may be taken together

This course provides the student with a historical overview of the field of early intervention, including models of service delivery, levels of prevention, current issues and trends. Key terms and concepts and the roles and responsibilities of the early intervention team are also explored.




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RTI102
Introduction to the Assessment Process
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Prerequisite(s):

RTI101 - Introduction to the Field of Early Intervention. Student must successfully complete RTI101 before registering in RTI102 or take RTI101 + RTI102 together.

This course examines research methodologies and introduces the student to various screening tools and the assessment process. Students have opportunities to interpret findings and utilize this information in their role as a Resource Teacher/Interventionist.




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RTI103
The Inclusive Learning Environment
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete RTI101 and RTI102 before entering RTI103. Registering in courses without completing the prerequisites will result in a student being asked to withdraw from the course. Students are required to complete all required documentation including a Seneca Medical Form and apply for a Police Reference Check, Vulnerable Sector Screening, before they register for field placement. Please consult the entry requirements link, step 2 on the Resource Teacher / Early Interventionist website for full details on pre-registration requirements.

Corequisite(s):

FLD103 (prior to registering in either RTI103 and FLD103 you need to have your placement preapproved to avoid potential financial loss)

This course introduces the student to elements of the inclusive learning environment in terms of people, space, materials and time. Adaptive programming for children with specific ceptionalities is the focus of this course. Strategies that enable students to guide the learning of children who require additional support are examined.




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FLD103
Fieldwork 103
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete RTI101 and RTI102 before registering in RTI103 and FLD103. Students can only register in one field placement at a time. No block placement time. Students are required to complete all required documentation including a Seneca Medical Form and apply for a Police Reference Check, Vulnerable Sector Screening, before they register for field placement. Please consult the entry requirements link, step 2 on the Resource Teacher / Early Interventionist website for full details on pre-registration requirements.

Corequisite(s):

RTI103 - The Inclusive Learning Environment. Students must register in, and successfully complete both courses in the same time period (prior to registering in either RTI103 and FLD103 you need to have your placement preapproved to avoid potential financial loss).

Students integrate theory and practice while working in an inclusive Early Childhood Education setting for 105 hours of supervised field placement. They are expected to plan, implement and evaluate adaptive programming strategies for children who require additional support. Students must also reflect on their personal development as Early Childhood Interventionists.




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RTI201
Understanding and Working with Families
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Prerequisite(s):

All level 1 courses. Students must successfully complete all Module 1 courses before registering in RTI201. Registering in courses without completing the prerequisite will result in the student being asked to withdraw from the course.

This course focuses on diverse family systems and the impact that a child with special needs has on family dynamics. Principles and elements of family centred practice are explored. Students examine the skills required in order to develop partnerships with families. In addition to informal support systems, students identify community services that families can access for support.




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RTI202
Individual Family Service Plan
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must successfully complete all Module 1 sourses and RTI201 before registering in RTI202 & FLD202 or take RTI201 together with RTI202/FLD202. Registering in courses without completing the prerequisites mentioned will result in the student being asked to withdraw from the course(s). Please consult the entry requirements link, step 2 on the Resource Teacher / Early Interventionist website for full details on pre-registration requirements and documents that must be current prior to registration.

Corequisite(s):

FLD202 - Field Placement. Students must register in, and successfully complete both courses in the same time period. (prior to registering in either RTI202 and FLD202 you need to have your placement preapproved to avoid potential financial loss)

This course focuses on the development and implementation of an Individual Family Support Plan. Included in this process, students discover how the child's individual program plan is incorporated into the child's daily life.




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FLD202
Field Work
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Prerequisite(s):

All level one courses and RTI201. Students can take RTI202 and RTI202/FLD202 at the same time. Registering in courses without completing the prerequisites will result in the student being asked to withdraw from the course(s). Please consult the entry requirements link, step 2 on the Resource Teacher / Early Interventionist website for full details on pre-registration requirements and documents that must be current prior to registration.

Corequisite(s):

RTI202 - Individual Family Support Plan (prior to registering in either RTI202 and FLD202 you need to have your placement preapproved to avoid potential financial loss)

This final placement enables the student to continue to integrate theory and practice by applying the accumulative knowledge and skills developed throughout this program. During this 105 hours of supervised placement, the student will implement components of the Individual Family Support Plan in the child's home and/or group setting.




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RTI203
Advocacy, Practice and Reflection
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Prerequisite(s):

Students must have successfully completed all Module 1 courses as well as RTI201, RTI202 & FLD202 before registering in RTI203. Students registering in this course without completing the prerequisites will be asked to withdraw from the course.

This course prepares the students to become effective advocates on behalf of children, families and the field of inclusive early childhood education. Students develop an understanding of the process of empowerment that assists families when advocating on their own behalf. Current elements of best practice and personal reflection and development are integral components of this course.




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There are six academic courses offered online and two field work practicums (total of 210 hours). Courses must be taken in a specific order and prerequisites and co-requisites are an integral part of the program.

Program Outcomes

The learning outcomes of the Resource Teacher / Early Interventionist Program are:

  1. To provide the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and implement a program that helps children with special needs and their families to lead a full, more productive and independent life in the community.
  2. To enable students to plan programs while consulting with resource teachers and families in an effective and supportive way while respecting their skills and knowledge.
  3. To enable students to operate as members of a transdisciplinary team.

Fieldwork Placement

You must register for Fieldwork FLD103 or FLD202 at the time you register for the co-requisite course RTI103 or RTI202. (The fee for practice teaching covers the cost of teacher /student responsibilities and evaluation.) Failure to register in both academic and fieldwork courses may result in financial penalty.

You must also ensure the appropriate documentation has been submitted (E-mailed) and approved by the coordinator. If not received, you will not be credited with the fieldwork and course. You will be asked to withdraw from both courses with potential loss of tuition fees paid.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit (Advanced Standing)

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.

Delivery

This certificate program is only available in an "Online" format.

Please visit the Centre for Flexible Learning for complete information, including hardware/software requirements as well as course descriptions.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I enroll in the ONLINE part-time Resource Early Childhood/Early Interventionist Certificate program?

In order to register in the online part-time Resource Teacher certificate program, you will need to review the general information and special admission requirements in the program information package (PIP) prior to registering in the program. Dates and times to register are in the Faculty of Continuing Education & Training calendar distributed in the Fall, Spring/Summer and Winter semesters located on our website or Centre for Flexible Learning.

2. What is the RTI admission requirement?

An ECE Diploma, ECE work experience and experience with children with special needs is required. Prior to registering in the RTI program the following documents must be e-mailed to Kailah.Rubin@senecacollege.ca - Attention: RTI Program Coordinator. The applicant must receive approval from the coordinator before enrolling in the RTI program. Approval will be sent by email. An email account is necessary in order for us to contact you with a decision on your eligibility. Before enrolling in the RTI program, the student must also have completed ICA001 - Introduction to Computers and Applications or an equivalent course in basic computer fundamentals and have experience with Windows Operating System (Win Vista, Win XP, Win 9X, or Win NT) prior to registering for online courses which require a working knowledge of computer software.

Required Documentations Prior to Admission into the RTI Program:

  1. A copy of your ECE Diploma or Equivalency granted by the Association of Early Educators of Ontario (AECEO).
  2. A copy of your ECE transcript or copy of College of  ECE Membership
  3. A letter from your Employer or another authority who can authentic you have previous experience of a minimum of 105 hour working with children who are developmentally handicapped/ delayed, as defined by the Day Nursery Act. This experience can have occurred in a supervised field placement during the applicant's early childhood training, through volunteer work or work experience following graduation.
  4. A letter from employer or other authority that can verify that you have (1) One year as an ECE working with children in a day-care setting, after graduating from an ECE program. (2 & 3 can be combined into one letter)

Admission to Field Placements

  1. Proposed placement site must be emailed to Kailah.Rubin@senecacollege.ca (Attention: RTI Program Coordinator) prior to registering into FLD103 and FLD202. Block placements for field work are not permitted. There is no Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for Field Placement.
  2. The following documentation must be received prior to placement commencement to Kailah.Rubin@senecacollege.ca. Placement cannot start until the documents are available.
  3. Valid Standard First Aid/CPR Certificate
  4. Medical Form (completed by their physician)
  5. Current Police Reference Check
    Note: Signed copy of the Work/Education Placement Agreement Form will be mailed out after student has registered into the field placement course.

3. How does Online Delivery work?

No more traveling to class. Distance Barriers removed. Do your course at home and participate on-line without ever leaving your home. Work within a more flexible schedule, while still adhering to preset start and end dates for each course and reading and assignments due dates. Online learning is appealing to students who need to schedule flexibility which means you can access your course at any time that is convenient for you. All work is completed online. The face to face interaction that is enjoyed in a traditional classroom-based course is replaced with discussion forums, chats and online group work is required. You can direct questions to your instructor and fellow classmates and submit completed assignments electronically. Online courses have lecture notes posted that further enhance by weekly reading requirements, individual assignments and group work. Scheduled time frames established by faculty. For additional information online visit Centre for Flexible Learning.

4. What do I need to get started on an online course?

You will require an Internet Service Provider and a computer with the following.

  • Pentium 200 or higher
  • Windows 95 or higher
  • Netscape 7 or higher or Internet Explorer 6 or higher
  • Full internet access including an activated Seneca email address.
  • Office Suite Software (including Word Processing and Spreadsheet). Presentation software is recommended.

5. What are the online part-time RTI Certificate requirements?

The online part-time RTI certificate program requirements are the completion of 2 Modules consisting of 8 full credits, 6 theory courses and 2 supervised field placement practicum courses ( FLD103 & FLD202) with a valid certificate in Standard First Aid/Basic Rescuer CPR, Level C. Students must complete all Module 1 courses before they can proceed into Module 2 courses.

6. What does an RTI Certificate qualify me to do?

The online part-time RTI Certificate program qualifies graduates to work with the staff, parents and children that provide a positive learning experience which is specific for each child's needs and developmental level. Graduates work with infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age children with special needs in a variety of settings including: childcares, nursery schools, and community programs.

7. How many classes may I take each term?

All online part-time RTI courses are sorted into 2 Modules that need to be taken in order. You may decide how many courses you would like to take; however, due to course workload, we recommend 2 courses each semester. Some courses can be taken concurrently. How fast you would like to complete the requirements for RTI Certificate program part-time depends on you.

Prerequisites: It is your responsibility to ensure the program and course requirements and course prerequisites as outline in the course outline are met. If you are lacking appropriate prerequisite you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic /financial penalty.

8. What time and how long do the classes operate during the week?

The RTI classes operate on-line providing you the flexibility to work at your own pace to complete the course. The only restriction is the start and end date that you need to be aware and the specific due dates for assignments. The duration of each course is 14 weeks in length from the start to the end of the course.

9. How many times a week do I need to go to class?

Online courses remove the barriers to come to class. You schedule the time to fit your schedule at the comfort of your home. You have 14 weeks to complete the course from the start date.

10. How can I obtain credit for courses that I have taken in other post secondary institutions? What is Advance Standing?

You will need to apply for advanced standing. Advanced Standing forms are available at the Registrar's Office and can be downloaded from the website. Applications for advanced standing need to be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and detailed course outlines. A calendar description of the course you are submitting will not be acceptable. A minimum grade of 60% is required for a course to be considered for advanced standing. The completed advance standing form along with the transcript and course outline from your educational institution are mailed to the Registrar's Office- ATTENTION: Resource Teacher Advance Standing Submission - 1750 Finch Ave East, Toronto, Ontario M2J 2X5. There is no fee charged for Advance Standing.

11. I work in the RTI field. Will my working hours be counted towards field placement hours? What is PLA (Prior Learning Assessment)?

Since the RTI program is totally offered on line, students must complete both field placement practicum in order to graduate. There is no exemption from the field placement and PLA is not applicable in this situation. Previous working hours are not considered; however, you may (at the Instructor's discretion) use your RTI workplace as the site to complete your mandatory field placement course hours. If you have worked for many years in the RTI profession, you may apply for PLA - Prior Learning Assessment. Prior Learning Assessment is a method used to assess and recognize learning that has been gained outside of the traditional classroom (work experience, volunteering, etc.). You will need to prove that the knowledge gained matches the outcomes of a specific Seneca RTI course. The "challenge" process can be measured in a variety of methods that includes tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, work samples, and demonstrations. There is an assessment fee charged for both Advanced Standing and PLA. You must be 19 years or older to apply for PLA.

12. Do I have to find my own field placement site?

Yes, you will have to find your own field placement which must be approved by the course faculty. Your faculty can assist you in determining the appropriate field placement site such as: nursery schools, childcare centers and various community agencies.

13. How many field placement hours do I need to complete for each course?

All RTI field placement courses require that students complete 105 hours out in an RTI approved setting. There are 2 field placement courses in total. The part-time RTI certificate program requires that all students must complete a minimum total of 210 supervised fieldwork practicum hours.

14. How many times a week can I go to the field placement site to complete my hours?

You will be required to attend the chosen field placement site one day or two days a week. Block placements for fieldwork practicum are NOT permitted.

15. When can I begin my field placement?

Before beginning your field placement, you will need to complete submit the assigned fieldwork documentation that includes a Seneca Medical Certificate completed by your physician, a Freedom of Information form, Standard First Aid/Basic Rescuer CPR, Level C, and a police check. Police checks can take up to 6 weeks to complete and are valid for 1 year. When you have all of the documentation you must e-mail it to the RTI Coordinator and wait for an approval. Prior to placement contact the RTI Co-ordinator about the police checks.

16. Where can I obtain the field placement course forms?

On the first on line class, you will be directed to a site where you will be asked to review the package of related field placement forms.

CHANGE TO POLICE RECORD CHECK PROCESS

Students need to get a Vulnerable Sector Screening through their local Police station. Toronto and York Region students can request a blank form signed by the college representative to fill in & submit to their local police station.
If a signature is required for outlying regions, please submit the blank form to the RTI Coordinator including return address information.
The process can be lengthy and should be started 6 - 8 weeks prior to classes beginning.

17. When is graduation?

Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Request to Graduate forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).

18. What Happens If I Run Into Technical Problems?

There is 24 hour 7 day per week live technical support. Through a toll free number you will speak to a support professional who will assist you with any difficulties, questions or issues regarding the delivery of your on line course.

19. How do I Register for the on line RTI courses?

To register for the RTI certificate program you must ensure the documentation required as been submitted to the RTI Program Coordinator and you have received an email stated that you are eligible to register. On receiving the approval to register in the RTI program, you can call Registration at 416.493.4144 or refer to our website and register over our secure registration system.

20. How much does each course cost in the RTI program?

The cost is subject to change and currently runs at $336.00 of which there is a $65.00 non-refundable lab fee. We try to ensure that we provide the most accurate information to the student at the time this was developed.

21. How much do Text Books and Supplies Cost?

Some of the RTI courses require the purchase of books which are not included in the course cost but are extra charges. You can order the book online.

22. What is the Work /Education Placement Agreement/ Post-Secondary Form?

Completion of Ministry of Education Work/Education Placement /Post-Secondary Form

It is a requirement of the Ministry of Education and Seneca College that All Students Must Complete the WEPA Form in case of an injury occurring during field placement. They will be covered. The WEPA Form must be signed by a College representative, the Agency Representative and the Student before a student can begin their field placement. A copy of the signed WEPA Form must be returned to the College and filed. No student can begin their field placement without the form been completed and the pink copy returned to the College.

Procedure: Students must complete a WEPA form for each field placement they are registered.

  1. C: Workplace Safety & Insurance Board Coverage
    • C-1
      Workplace Safety & Insurance Board coverage will be provided at the work placement:
  2. D: Private Insurance Coverage
    • D-1
      Completed if Agency is not covered by the Work Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Coverage.
  3. Signatures of Parties to the Agreement:
    • The WEPA form MUST be signed by the following individuals:
    • Training Participant: Student
    • Work Placement Employer Agency Field Placement Supervisor
    • Post-Secondary Institution: Chair, Community Services & Health Sciences
    • Distribution of WEPA Form:
    • Student - White Copy
    • Agency Field Placement: Canary Copy
    • Post Secondary Institution: Pink Copy

Graduation

If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registration Office by completing a Request to Graduate form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.

Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Request to Graduate forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).

Minimum Performance for Graduation

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the courses required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade. (Academic Policy: 8.9)

City Wide Training

City Wide Training Early Childhood Professional, visit regularly for postings of professional development opportunities available across the city including Seneca College.

Program Contacts

Georgina Ioannou
Program Assistant
Georgina.Ioannou@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22946


Kailah Rubin
Part-Time Program Coordinator
Kailah.Rubin@senecacollege.ca


Ann Hersch
Program Coordinator
Ann.Hersch@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22528