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Length of Study

1 year

Study Options

Full time (on campus)

Credential Granted



Full time:
• Fall term (September)

Workplace Learning

Field Placement


University of Calgary:
• Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies

Grant MacEwan University:
• Bachelor of Applied Human Services Administration
• Bachelor of Child and Youth Care


This program requires a Special Needs Educational Assistant (SNEA) certificate (or equivalent).

Find out more about SNEA.

This program is not accepting applications for Fall 2015 intake at this time. Contact the program for more information.


Healthy communities recognize and celebrate the contributions of every member. The Disability Studies: Leadership and Community diploma prepares students to make a positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities. The program works closely with community agencies, people with disabilities and their families, and government departments to ensure that graduates are prepared to work in the field. Our graduates build inclusive and welcoming communities that value the strengths of every member.

Students develop a solid theoretical background in disability studies through comprehensive coursework. Two field placements ensure that theoretical understanding is grounded in practice.

Boost your career with two qualifications

Admission to the Disability Studies: Leadership and Community diploma requires MacEwan University's Special Needs Educational Assistant (SNEA) certificate or an equivalent qualification. Of the 65 credits required to complete the diploma, 30 credits will be applied from the SNEA certificate (or equivalent). Earn two credentials in just two years – the time it normally takes to complete a diploma as a full time student. Your qualifications and diverse understanding of communities will open up a broad range of employment options.