1 year (2 semesters)
1 year (2 semesters)
Trafalgar Road Campus
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Help students with diverse learning needs achieve academic and social success.
Fast-track your career
This program was designed specifically for those who have completed university or college programs. It is also open to those already working in the school system as Educational Assistants who wish to further their understanding of exceptionalities in Ontario classrooms and obtain an Ontario College Diploma.
Outstanding career preparation
This program will equip you with competencies to support students with disabilities and/or Individual Education Plans while maintaining a safe and professional environment that promotes students' well-being.
Things you'll do and learn
- Support students with academic, behavioural, and personal care needs in educational settings from kindergarten through high school
- Use Universal Design for Learning principles
- Foster social inclusion
- Work as part of the special education team
- Accurately report information related to student learning
In Semesters 1 and 2, you'll be placed in a school where you'll support students with special needs in the classroom. Sheridan arranges the field placement experience for you. During your placement experience, you'll encounter students with a range of exceptionalities including physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, behavioural disorders, visual or hearing impairments and autism.
In this program, you'll also:
- Use assistive technology and other educational resources to implement individualized educational goals.
- Report information related to the learning environment.
- Maintain a safe and professional environment that promotes the well being of the student with special needs.
- Support inclusion of the student to aid his or her social development and sense of belonging.
You’ll learn from professors with specialized graduate degrees and who are highly experienced in the field of special education. Your Educational Support classroom activities will include:
- Group seminars and cooperative learning.
- Reflective practice linked to field placement experiences.
- Lectures combined with activity-based learning that incorporates the laptop.
The Educational Support – Intensive program uses laptop computers for in-class work and home assignments. All course materials are web-supported, with materials available to you 24/7 through your laptop and the Internet. Your learning opportunities will be greatly enhanced by having increased access to the Internet, learning resources and your classmates.
The Educational Support – Intensive program offers course-based registration, which allows you to create your own timetable (based on course availability) by selecting the days/times that work best for you. You can choose to take a full-time course load or study part-time during the day or evening.
Please note that the courses offered in the part-time option are identical to those in the full-time option, and the graduation requirements are the same. However, it will take you longer to complete the diploma on a part-time basis and there may be financial implications to consider. If you are unsure of the financial or academic consequences of attending part-time, you should contact the Program Academic Adviser, the Office of the Registrar or the Student Advisement Centre for more information.
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS EDUC 25738 Educational and Assistive Technology 4 EDUC 18081 Teaching and Learning Strategies 3 FLPL 20102 Intensive Orientation, Seminar and Placement 5 COMM 24049 Working with Teams 3 PSYC 28823 Challenging Behaviours and Discipline 4 EDUC 15586 Physical Exceptionalities and Personal Care 3
Total credits: 22
CODE TITLE CREDITS EDUC 15436 Intellectual, Sensory and Learning Disabilities 4 EDUC 16859 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 EDUC 20123 Foundations of Education 3 EDUC 19599 Disability Issues 3 EDUC 27370 Assessment in Education 3 EDUC 26048 Communication Disorders 3 FLPL 26367 Field Seminar and Placement 3 4
Total credits: 23
Courses subject to change.
Current students should refer to their Academic Requirements in myStudentCentre to track their academic progress and outstanding course requirements.
- Postsecondary diploma or degree.
- Demonstrated competence through related work and/or educational experience.
Note: The Educational Support student must have the energy and stamina to respond to the physical demands associated with the role of the assistant.
Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of previous academic achievement and related courses, and/or demonstrated experience.
Postsecondary transcripts, indicating courses completed to date, must be submitted to ontariocolleges.ca at the time of application.
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program may be advised individually regarding other related programs.
Criminal Record Check and Immunization Requirements
Field placement agencies will ask students to submit a police record check. This includes a vulnerable sector screen. Field placement agencies may also request a current record of immunization. This may include COVID-19 vaccines.
Students will submit these records directly to their field placement agencies before they begin placement, and at their own expense.
Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities. This may impact their progression in or completion of the program.
English Language ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.
When you complete your Educational Support diploma program, you'll be ready to seek employment in a public or private school as an Educational Assistant* supporting students with diverse learning needs, or in a social-or health-based program with a special education component.
*Please note some school boards use the term Teaching Assistant or Educational Resource Worker.
Advanced Entry Challenge Exams
Get credit for what you know
Sheridan recognizes and appreciates that advanced learning doesn’t always require standard classroom instruction, and that opportunities to advance skills and learn new technologies are everywhere.
If you have significant knowledge and experience in programming, web development, database and/or networking, you may choose to complete Advanced Entry Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (AEPLAR) Challenge Exams for academic credit towards your Sheridan Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma.
How do Challenge Exams work?
AEPLAR Challenge Exams are administered by and through the Sheridan College Assessment Centre or through an approved Test Centre. There are fees to write each exam (an Assessment Centre fee and a Challenge Exam fee).
Your completed Challenge Exam(s) will be evaluated to determine whether you’re eligible for credit in one or more courses within the identified program streams.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and Advanced Standing credits are subject to Sheridan’s policies and procedures. Learn more about Sheridan’s Credit Transfer policies and procedures.
I have previous postsecondary education. Should I write a Challenge Exam?
No. Challenge Exams are designed for applicants with knowledge and experience gained outside of formal education. If you have previous postsecondary education, we encourage you to apply for Advanced Standing instead — you may be eligible to apply your previously earned credits towards your new program at Sheridan.
What subjects can I complete Challenge Exams for?
Challenge Exams for applicants to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program are designed to test skills in specific knowledge streams within this program:
- Programming – Introductory
- Programming – .NET
- Programming – Advanced Java
- Web Development
- Operating Systems
- Software Design
- Mobile App Development – Android
- Mobile App Development – iOS
- Game Development – UNITY
You can also choose to complete Challenge Exams for specific individual courses within the Computer Systems Technology program.
Complete a free self-assessment test to help you determine whether Challenge Exams are a good option for you.
How do I apply to complete a Challenge Exam?
Step 1: Make sure you meet the program admission requirements
You must meet the program admission requirements to be eligible for admission and PLAR.
Step 2: Complete a free self-assessment
Complete a free self-assessment test for each knowledge stream you wish to challenge. This will help you determine whether your current skills will enable you to succeed in the Challenge Exam(s).
Step 3: Apply to Sheridan's Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma program
To be eligible to complete Challenge Exams for this program, you must select "Advanced Entry" as the level of the program on your application.
Step 4: Follow the instructions to complete your Challenge Exam(s)
Once Sheridan receives your application, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to register and pay for your Challenge Exam(s). Follow those instructions.
Once you’ve completed your Challenge Exam(s), subject matter experts in Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology will evaluate them within 10 business days. The Faculty will forward your results to the Office of the Registrar, and any approved credit transfers will be posted in your Credit Transfer centre. Exam feedback will not be provided.
Step 5: Accept your offer of admission and pay your program fees
If you receive an offer of admission to Sheridan, please follow the instructions to confirm your offer and pay your fees by the due dates indicated in order to reserve your spot in the program.
We wish you success in this process and look forward to seeing you at Sheridan!
Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees shown here are for the 2023–2024 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.
Fees for Canadian students$4,688.50
Fees for International students$18,447.50
Financial Aid & Awards
Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:
- Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
- Scholarships, awards and bursaries
- Work Study Assistance Program
International Entrance Scholarship
All new international students beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (ESL and programs with tuition reduction excluded) in Spring 2023, Fall 2023 or Winter 2024 semesters in Year 1 (Semester 1) will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000.
- Provide educational support in compliance with pertinent education-related legislation, standards, regulations and policies, health and safety legislation and regulations, as well as organizational policies, practices and procedures.
- Develop and implement strategies to promote and support positive school climates that contribute to a safe, caring and secure educational setting.
- Collaborate with members of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team by assisting in the development and revision of the IEPs of learners with exceptionalities.
- Implement components of educational support programs of instruction under the direction and support of the IEP team and/or relevant members of the school community.
- Lead by example to promote empathetic, positive, and pro-social behaviour in all learners to facilitate the development of social competence in learners with exceptionalities in accordance with their IEPs.
- Promote the development of independence in, and provide assistance to, learners with exceptionalities in their performance of routine activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) in accordance with their IEPs.
- Develop and implement strategies to support learners with exceptionalities in the appropriate use of assistive technologies and daily living aids in accordance with their IEPs.
- Monitor, document and report on the behaviour, performance and progress of learners with exceptionalities in accordance with their IEPs.
- Prepare and present a plan for engaging in ongoing personal and professional development to promote competence in the educational support field.
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Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design curriculum and its delivery are designed to address current social issues pertinent to the design industry. This enables students to broaden their understanding of their place within the world.
Fundamental to the vision of the program is the balance of creative and conceptual thinking with the technical and business aspects of the profession. Courses follow a logical sequence with the degree of difficulty building vertically from first year to fourth year.
The various streams provide a range of design problems building in size and scope, from simple to complex in various design sectors. The curriculum builds on fundamental introductions that ensures a strong foundation for students to apply additional more complex learning and skills developed later in the program.
Studio projects are designed to mimic professional practice and require applied theory, creativity and strong technical knowledge. Curriculum is also connected horizontally across each semester to help support the learning in courses happening simultaneously. This demonstrates the inter-connected knowledge and skills required to practice in the industry.
The program provides many opportunities that expose students to practicing professionals and professional practice. Industry leaders and representatives from professional associations like ARIDO and IDC are invited into the classroom as jurors and guest speakers throughout the four years. The internship also provides professional design work experience for students before they enter their final year of study.
The curriculum is student-centric and designed to equip students with the skills that are required for entry-level design positions and advanced study. Manual skills such as drafting, drawing and model making are developed alongside digital skills using current software. Students are also well-versed in the applicable building codes and regulations required to practice in Ontario. Students are exposed to valuable research skills and encouraged to continue their learning past graduation.
Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program aspires to:
- Develop confident, creative and critical thinkers that can solve a variety of problems thoughtfully, improving the quality of the built environment and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.
- Equip students with the tools to think independently and ethically to ensure technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision-making.
- Deliver current and relevant curriculum that incorporates equity, diversity and inclusion. This encourages students to create spaces that foster inclusivity and look at design from various perspectives within diverse communities, involving numerous stakeholders.
- Inform students regarding the various facets of the profession, engaging them with designers and industry affiliates.
- Encourage continuous professional and personal growth, instilling a desire to contribute to the profession and society at large. The program encourages students to become active participants in the design community, become members of their local Association, write their NCIDQ exams, give back to the community and become progressive leaders in the profession.
- Prepare graduates for entry-level design positions, equipped with the required knowledge and skills for employment in the diverse design industry, ensuring they possess the body of knowledge necessary to respond to social and environmental issues, while designing interior spaces that are technically proficient, code-compliant, conceptually strong, sustainable and all-inclusive.
- Provide enhanced opportunities for students to pursue post-graduate studies, employment, research and/or further their academic studies and/or credentials.
Pathways from Athletic Therapy and Kinesiology
If you've graduated from a health-science degree other than athletic therapy or kinesiology, your application will be assessed on an individual basis.
Get your Osteopathy degree in less time
This bridging program will be available in Spring/Summer 2024.
How to apply: Submit an application using the program code PBHSB.
Bridging courses (Spring/Summer Semester)
- OSTP 17927D: The Science of Osteopathy (3 credits)
- OSTP 14859: Theoretical Pathways to Osteopathy (5 credits)
- OSTP 16333: Practical Pathways to Osteopathy (1 credit)
After successfully completing the assigned bridging courses, you'll be admitted into Year 2 (Semester 3) of our Osteopathy degree. In order to earn your Osteopathy degree, you'll need to complete all courses in the remaining three years of the program, with the following exceptions.
You will additionally take:
- Year 2: OSTP 11271D: Clinical Methodology (3 credits)
- Year 2: SCIE 22437D: Human Physiology for Allied Health (2 credits)
- Year 3: SCIE 31116D: Pathophysiology for Allied Health (3 credits)
You will not need to take:*
- SCIE 26661D: Pathophysiology 1 (3 credits)
- OSTP 24645D: Structure & Function 2 – Lower Cervicals, Thorax & Upper Extremity (3 credits)
- OSTP 22482D: Applied Clinical Practice 2 (1 credit)
- FLPL 21839D: Internship Prep (1 credit)
- SCIE 39622D: Pathophysiology 2 – Systemic Interactions (3 credits)
- RESE 37626D: Statistical Methods in Health Sciences (3 credits)
- RESE 42279D: Applied Research Methods for Health Sciences (3 credits)
- BUSM 44956D: Business Entrepreneurship for Clinical Practitioners (3 credits)
- 6 Degree Breadth Electives (3 credits each)
*Athletic Therapy graduates are also exempt from the following course:
- OSTP 20782D: Clinical Experience 2 (0.5 credits)
Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.
Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.
Critical Performance Statement
Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.
Each year, Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing (CW&P) program hosts a Writer-in-Residence. The 8-month residency is awarded to a writer who embodies the distinctiveness and dynamism of the & in our program name.
In addition to working on at least one specific writing project of their own during their tenure, the Writer-in-Residence is responsible for creative leadership, mentoring and public outreach in the area of creative writing and/or publishing.
How our Writer-in-Residence supports Sheridan students
Students in our CW&P program benefit from the work and mentorship of our Writer-in-Residence, who:
- shares their expertise and experience as a creative professional and working writer;
- performs public readings from their recently published work and/or current work-in-progress;
- organizes public lectures and/or workshops; and
- works with faculty to augment existing curriculum in the area of creative writing, publishing and/or creativity.
Award-winning fiction writer, playwright and poet Kate Cayley is joining Sheridan as the 2023–24 CW&P Writer-in-Residence.
Cayley has published two short story collections and three collections of poetry, and her plays have been performed in Canada, the U.S. and the UK. She has won the Trillium Book Award, an O. Henry Prize and the Mitchell Prize for Poetry, and been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, the ReLit Award for both fiction and poetry, and the K.M. Hunter Award for Fiction.
Her writing has appeared in such literary publications as Brick, Electric Literature, Joyland, Best Canadian Poetry and Best Canadian Stories, and she has been a writer-in-residence at McMaster University and the Toronto Public Library.
"Kate’s diverse work plumbs meaning, strangeness and beauty from the spaces we inhabit, even in our domestic lives, while tackling some of the big philosophical questions we all face," says Dr. Genevieve Amaral, Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Creativity. "Our Sheridan community welcomes her capacious intellect, limpid style and wonderful mentorship with full hearts, open ears, and pens, paper and keyboards at the ready!"
From ideas to impact: a masterclass in applied creativity and innovation
Are you a business lead who's looking to level up your company's culture of creativity and entrepreneurship?
Sheridan offers FREE, one-hour masterclasses on topics such as:
- Creative Strategies for an EDI-driven World
- The Science of Creativity and Innovation
- Intra- and Entrepreneurial Thinking, and
- Creative Team Leadership
These masterclasses will catalyze your climate of innovation and give your team an exclusive look into Sheridan’s one-of-a-kind graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation.*
*Advance further with our Applied Creativity and Innovation graduate certificate
Our new graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation is a great professional development (PD) opportunity for many company teams. The program teaches complex problem-solving, creativity, innovation and negotiation skills — competencies that make companies more resilient and adaptable as they face the unique challenges presented by the future of work.
Why this program is a great choice for PD:
- Flexible hours — your employees can complete their graduate certificate online, at their own pace.
- Relevant coursework – they can choose electives that are most applicable to their position at your company.
- Award-winning faculty – they’ll learn from instructors who are on the cutting-edge of creativity and innovation research.
- Practicum project – they’ll work alongside our team of experts to resolve an issue that your business is facing today — whether it’s how to leverage artificial intelligence technology, advance your sustainability efforts, update your marketing strategies, address supply chain inefficiencies or another challenge.
This new graduate certificate is currently accepting applications for Fall 2023.
Apprenticeship Exemption Test
The Apprenticeship Exemption Test (AET) provides a chance for students who are learning a skilled trade to bypass in-class studies.
In most cases, you need to score 70% or higher to pass the AET. If you score lower than 70%, you'll need to wait three months before you can try again (with some exceptions for certain exams).
Apprenticeship Exemption Tests are administered at the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, through Sheridan's Assessment Centre.
Learn more about the AET, including eligibility criteria, available tests and how to register.
Sheridan is a Ministry-approved Apprenticeship Exemption Test centre, authorized through the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training & Skills Development (MLITSD), for both apprentices and non-apprentices.
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