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Social Service Worker (Accelerated)

Available: Summer

Program Description

The Social Service Worker (Accelerated) (SSWA) program provides you with the knowledge and skills required to make a meaningful contribution in the human service field. You will be challenged to examine your own beliefs and values, develop interpersonal communication skills and promote social justice, human dignity and equity. Your success in this program will be measured by both your ability to grow and change and your academic performance.

This is the accelerated version of the Social Service Worker (SSW) program. The accelerated program is demanding and requires students with good academic, time management and interpersonal skills.

Accelerated Delivery Mode

This is an accelerated program for those who completed a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences or other undergraduate degree. This program consists of a 7-week intensive summer semester (Semester 1) starting in early May each year, followed by a regular academic year commencing the day after Labour Day and concluding in mid-April (Semesters 2 and 3).

Field Work

As a student in SSWA, your field work will begin in semester two. Field work provides you with a valuable opportunity to apply your learnings to the workplace. In order to be eligible for field work, you will be required to meet the criteria as set out in the "Social Service Worker Program Student Code of Conduct". In the placement, you will benefit from supervision and have specified hours, duties and accountabilities to both the college and agency representative. Field work is a mutually agreed contract for which you will be evaluated by the field placement supervisor. The minimum commitment is the successful completion of specific periods as set out in the Field Placement Student Contract.

Please note that students may be required to return to school during the Academic Advisement Week in January in order to do a block placement. The Social Service Worker program subjects are lecture and tutorial based, utilizing texts; some are practice-oriented and stress interpersonal skills and group dynamics. Students can expect to spend 20 to 25 hours each week on assignments, as well as two days per week in field placement in semester two and two days per week in semester three.

Provincial Registration

In order to practice in Ontario as a "Social Service Worker" or a "Registered Social Service Worker", graduates must apply for registration in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Graduates of the SSW program will meet the education requirement for registration. For more information, please visit ocswssw.org.

Campus

Duration

3 Semesters (35 Weeks)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

Your Career

Earn your Social Service Worker diploma in three semesters with this accelerated program. As a SSWA student, you will learn important social service work skills and be prepared to apply them to the real world. Your studies may lead you to employment in youth, women’s and 'disabled' persons' programs, as well as in housing, community development, rehabilitation, mental health and many other settings. Upon graduation, you will be eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Related Careers

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • A recognized Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from an accredited institution. Under special circumstances, graduates from other related program areas may be considered.
  • Academic equivalents for four social service or general education related credits and College English.
    • Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS.
  • English proficiency at the post-secondary level.

Prior to Field Placement:

A current Police Vulnerable Sector screening:

  • Applicants living in the city of Toronto can expect to wait a minimum of 8-12 weeks to receive a Police Check.

Program Costs

2017-18 ACADEMIC YEAR

Tuition – Domestic

$5,847

Tuition – International

$21,185

Book & Supply Costs

$1,500


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Students who successfully complete this diploma program with a minimum 3.0 GPA, may be considered for admission into the 5th semester of the Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health program, after a bridge semester in the summer.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

Admissions

Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

Domestic
Daniela Zarpellon 416.491.5050 ext. 55016 Daniela.Zarpellon@senecacollege.ca
International

Student Recruitment

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Student Recruitment
Additional Contacts

Program Coordinator

Kevin Kennedy 416.491.5050 ext. 55389 Kevin.Kennedy@senecacollege.ca

Program Chair

Biljana Bruce 416.491.5050 ext. 55002 Biljana.Bruce@senecacollege.ca

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions


Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities


Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees


A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates


Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network