Admission Requirements (ABS)

The following admission requirements apply to these intake terms:

  • September 2016
Required for Admission:
  • Ontario College Diploma in:
    • Child and Youth Care (Worker) or
    • Communication Disorders Assistant or
    • Developmental Services Worker or
    • Early Childhood Education or
    • Educational Assistant or
    • Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant or
    • Social Service Worker or
    • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Or: Bachelor’s Degree in:
    • Behavioural Science or
    • Child Studies or
    • Education or
    • Psychology or
    • Speech and Language Sciences or
    • Social Work or
    • Sociology
  • Or: For applicants who have studied outside of these fields of study, please submit a one-page cover letter indicating why you feel you would be successful in the ABS program, what experience you have already, and a résumé that includes your educational and work background with a current e-mail address
  • And: Two letters of reference indicating experience within disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder specific areas
  • And: Proof of English proficiency

Additional requirements for admission:

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Selection and Ranking Process

For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the highest senior level final grade available at the time of ranking. Mid-term grades are not used for ranking purposes. Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.

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Health Requirement:
  • The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) form must be completed and submitted to Student Health Services prior to start of program. Please view the current CDS form and Checklist for requirements (vaccination documentation/proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and 2 step TB testing) at Influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus diphtheria pertussis vaccinations are recommended.
  • All costs associated with vaccinations and/or verification, are the responsibility of the student.
  • A current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR level C) and Standard First Aid certification is also highly recommended by placement agencies and employers. Students are responsible for all costs.
  • Students applying to this program should recognize the physical demands involved in caring for children and may be required to lift up to 22.7 kilograms (50 pounds).
Criminal Reference Check (CRC):

Many employers have instituted a CRC with vulnerable sector screening as a requirement for appropriate field placements. The CRC will be required at the beginning of the program. All costs associated with the CRC are the responsibility of the student.

Note: Students with criminal charges or convictions will be severely limited in placements and/or employment opportunities. Those with criminal charges impending or an un-cleared criminal record (criminal convictions must be pardoned, sealed or expunged) are not eligible for a field placement experience.


Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete field placement requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.