Community Development Work

Program Code: 1230

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Ashtonbee Campus

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 416-289-5303

Are you passionate about social and environmental change, enjoy working with groups, wish you could help connect people to services and opportunities in their community? Then the Community Development Work Program is for you!

This program will prepare you for an interdisciplinary field working with groups experiencing marginalization. You will build skills in critical thinking in matters of social justice, anti-oppressive practice, sustainable development, community engagement, community asset-mapping, fundraising, team building, collaborative leadership, project management, research and project evaluation, and much more.

Field expert guest speakers, field trips, collaborative projects with local and international NGOs attached to students learning evaluations and assessments are all components of our dynamic program of courses and learning outcomes.

Our faculty members are experienced and passionate practitioners who come from a diverse range of local and international community development settings and educational backgrounds.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of this program is how you connect theory to practice through our field placement learning opportunities. You will engage field placement opportunities/on-the job internship experiences with organizations, institutions and social enterprises actively engaged in community work.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CDEV-112 Theoretical Foundations in CD Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-114 Sustainable Community Development Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-116 Communication Fundamentals Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-118 Fundamental for We diminution in CDW Ashtonbee Campus
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CDEV-214 Community Economic Development Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-216 Community Engagement and Participation Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-218 Group Dynamics for CDW Ashtonbee Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Ashtonbee Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Ashtonbee Campus

Semester Note

Pre-Requisite for COMM170/171: COMM160/161-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV214: CDEV112-P, CDEV118-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV216: CDEV112-P, CDEV116-P, CDEV118-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV218: CDEV112-P, CDEV116-P, CDEV118-P
C = Co-Requisite; P = Pre-Requisite
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
CDEV-312 Community Development in Action Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-314 Global Perspectives in Community Development Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-316 Community Development Policy Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-320 Placement 1 - GTA Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus

Semester Note

Pre-Requisite for GNED: CDEV212-P, CDEV216-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV-312: CDEV216-P, CDEV218-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV-314: CDEV216-P, CDEV218-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV-316: CDEV214-P, CDEV216-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV-320: CDEV118-P, CDEV216-P, CDEV218-P
C = Co-Requisite; P = Pre-Requisite
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
CDEV-420 Placement 2 - International/Domestic Ashtonbee Campus
CDEV-422 Placement Seminar Ashtonbee Campus

Semester Note

Pre-Requisite for CDEV-420: CDEV320-P
Pre-Requisite for CDEV-422: CDEV320-P, CDEV420-C
C = Co-Requisite; P = Pre-Requisite

Companies Offering Jobs

Toronto Community Housing, City of Toronto, United Way

Program Highlights

  • The Community Development Work program provides you with the opportunity to practice your acquired knowledge under the supervision of community practitioners in two separate "real world" fieldwork settings during the third and fourth semesters.
  • You are exposed to opportunities for international development placements.
  • As a student of this School of Community and Health Studies program, you work in communities to advocate for change strategies that promote social and economic justice, and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students in this program will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio and the supports available to you, please visit

Articulation Agreements

Exceptional articulation agreement with Algoma University:

  • General B.A in Community Economic and Social Development
  • Honours B.A. in Community Economic and Social Development
  • General B.A. in Community Development

Educational Partners

City of Toronto Community Development Unit, Evergreen Brickworks, Victoria Hub

Placement Partners

Local: City of Toronto, Community Development Unit, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) - Resident Engagement Unit, Council of Agencies Serving South Agencies (CASSA), For Youth Initiative, East End Community Health Centre, Working Women Community Centre, Community Outreach Canada

International: Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Ghana


Career Outlook

  • Community engagement worker
  • Community outreach worker
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Program facilitator
  • Youth development coordinator
  • Community service worker
  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Family service worker

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Led young College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Note: You will receive an invitation to attend an Community Development Work program admission session shortly after you apply to the program. It is important that you attend the session to make sure that this program is the right fit for you.

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January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $914.00 $3,681.00
International $12,400.00 $2,109.00 $14,509.00