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Family Literacy (Part-time)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1307
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services

About the Program

This program is offered in partnership with the Centre for Family Literacy (Edmonton AB), and Conestoga College. Referred to the many ways families develop and use literacy skills to accomplish day-to-day tasks and activities, family literacy is a process that shapes ways of thinking and is multi-faceted, and interactive. The Family Literacy program is designed to promote this broad understanding of the inter-related issues involved in working with families to support literacy. Together, the six courses reflect the complex range of knowledge and skills required by adult educators, early childhood educators, educational assistants, teachers, health care practitioners, social service providers, library staff, and others who work with families experiencing literacy challenges. Consistent with the principles of an integrated and strengths-based approach to family learning and well-being, the program is designed to develop critical reflection skills that lead to continual improvement in program development, implementation and practice.

This program was developed for all levels of leadership from executive directors and board members, to practitioners and facilitators, who wish to build upon their knowledge, skills and expertise in the social and human services and related fields.

Program Information

Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission Requirements

A degree or diploma in Social Sciences or Human Services field from an accredited College or University or equivalent.

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Program Information

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Program Related Resources

Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
COMM1550 Fundamentals of Family Literacy
Description: Broaden and deepen your knowledge of the goals and context for family literacy and explore family literacy from the perspective of a new conceptual framework. This course will engage you in critical reflection and introduce you to transformative practices that are inclusive and libratory.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMM1555 Literacy with Adults and Families
Description: Explore more fully a participatory approach to working with adult learners in the context of family literacy programs and challenge some assumptions about family literacy. This course will also examine demographic, social, economic and political factors that impact families.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: COMM1550
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMM1560 Child Development and Emergent Literacy
Description: Explore the principles of child development, deepen your understanding of play and reflect upon children with exceptional needs in family literacy programs. Examine oral language and reading/writing development from emergent to independent stages and focus on the role of adults in supporting children's literacy development.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: COMM1550
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMM1565 Family Literacy and the Community
Description: Learn about the principles of community development and how these impact and support family literacy, home languages and cultures. Criteria for effective partnerships and examples of successful community partnerships will be highlighted.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMM1550
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMM1575 Family Literacy Across Contexts
Description: Broaden and deepen familiarity with family literacy in a variety of contexts. Models of programs in schools, libraries and other community contexts will be examined, as will programs designed for First Nations communities and immigrant populations.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMM1550
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMM1585 Leadership in Family Literacy
Description: Explore the multitude of dynamics around leadership in the field of family literacy. Issues of sustainability, ongoing funding, administration, evaluation processes, recruitment and retention of families and staff will be examined.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMM1550
CoRequisites:
Closed

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Contact

Lorri Sauve

lsauve@conestogac.on.ca
519-748-5220 ext 8078

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