Program Overview

The Community Integration Through Co-Operative Education is a program designed for students with with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries and other significant learning challenges. Learning Facilitators provide support and modifications to students in courses while focusing on the student’s strengths. Students will select one of five areas of interest to study and complete three field placements in their area of interest. Successful students will receive a Certificate in CICE upon graduation.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Certificate
60 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

Your Learning Experience

The Community Integration Through Co-operative Education program (CICE) is a two-year, post-secondary, modified college certificate program designed for adults with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries, intellectual disabilities and other related learning challenges. The program provides students with an opportunity to enhance their academic skills through typical college classes, while developing vocational abilities through career related field placement opportunities.

Students choose an area of concentration from one of the following areas: Culinary, Photography, Recreation and Leisure, Early Childhood Education and Office Administration. Students take eleven courses in a selected area of concentration as well as six core CICE seminar courses, and three field placements distributed throughout their two academic years. Upon completion of the program, a student receives an Ontario College Certificate in CICE from Fanshawe College. They will have field experience in an area of interest that may assist them in locating employment in that vocational field upon graduating.

A team of Learning Facilitators provide students with in-class assistance and weekly tutoring outside the classroom. Learning Facilitators are responsible for designing and implementing any modifications or accommodations in course work that students may need based on their individual strengths. A Field Placement Coordinator will work with students to locate and develop work placements that are best suited for a student's strengths and goals.


Virtual Information Night

CICE Info Night is for everyone who is interested in the program to attend. Whether it is prospective students, families, friends, everyone is welcome! Join us for the virtual session via the link below. 


Shadow Days: A day in the life of CICE

This is a day when prospective students, their teachers and Educational Assistants (EAs) can get an idea of what College life is really like when attending the CICE program. During this day attendees will shadow a CICE student as well as a Learning Facilitator during classes (CICE and mainstream) and tutor sessions. Please email us at to book a Shadow Day.


I chose Fanshawe College because I heard that it offered an amazing Social Services Worker program. I was introduced to my program by my support worker as an outlet to overcome the challenges and obstacles I have faced in my life living with a disability.

Candace Blanchette
Social Services Worker
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Demonstrate skills to participate successfully in modified college programs and activities;
  2. Employ self-management, interpersonal skills and ongoing personal development strategies to enhance opportunities for potential employment;
  3. Develop and use effective communication skills with peers, instructors, co-workers, supervisors, colleagues and where appropriate, customers and/or clients;
  4. Interact confidently, positively and with increased independence with others both inside and outside the college community;
  5. Demonstrate organization, time management and task completion practices appropriate to successful completion of college-level programming;
  6. Demonstrate academic and vocational skills necessary to create enhanced pathways for work, life and learning;
  7. Identify and utilize resiliency tools to maximize potential for independence and mental well-being.


Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Robin Frkovic, M.Ed., B.Sc.


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) where curriculum modification was required, or equivalent, or mature applicant.


Completion of an Advocate Reference Form, Resume and Independent Interview*


The Advocate Reference Form, Resume and Independent Interview is a two-stage process:

Stage 1:

Apply to Fanshawe's Community Integration Through Co-Operative Education (CICE) program (Program Code: CIT2) using the online Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) at

Apply to Program Code CIT2, do not apply to the program of your Area of Interest.

Stage 2:

Once Fanshawe receives your eligible electronic application, we will email you a package with information on the next steps in the application process.

International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Ability to check and reply to emails
  • Ability to use the telephone independently
  • Understand verbal instruction
  • Capable of interacting with others and participating in group work
  • Ability to accept and understand change
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback 
  • Accountable for completing homework and following instructions
  • Ability to use public transportation or arranged transportation independently
  • Understand the importance of keeping scheduled appointments and take responsibility of  scheduling their own appointments.
  • Ability to follow a schedule and navigate independently  
  • Can sit in a classroom for at least 50 minutes
  • Practices independent learning by preparing for tutoring sessions (completion of required readings, draft assignments, questions) when given appropriate tools for success (templates, software, etc.)
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Practices acceptable and respectful behaviour
  • Ability to accept and understand change
  • Practices proper personal hygiene daily
  • Basic understanding of sexual health and relationships
  • Ability to communicate thoughts, feelings and needs
  • Utilizes free time effectively
  • Ability to be independent and responsible without constant supervision
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  4. Assessment of Applicant’s skill set relevant to the program based on an Advocate Reference Form, Resume and Independent Interview;
    a) the applicant’s combined score on the advocate reference questionnaire and the independent interview
    b) the applicant’s performance on two comprehension exercises during the independent interview

After the reference form and interview are complete, students who have passed both the film and reading comprehension exercises and whose combined scores are 70 or higher out of the 100 possible points are recommended for admission.
The top scorers (depending on number of spaces available) are offered admission first. Those scoring above 70 who are not offered admission will be placed on a waiting list for the program.

Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database

Please Note: Required documentation and associated fees for placement will vary based on the program area chosen by the student.


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory courses and 2
additional courses
BSCI-1271Preparing for Fieldwork4
This pre-placement course will prepare students for their upcoming CICE field placements, related to each student's area of concentration. In this course students will identify professional verbal and non-verbal interpersonal skills, apply basic resume tips, be exposed to the London Transit Bus System online schedules, describe health and safety prerequisites for safe work guidelines and complete the application process to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Screening. Students will identify the importance of teamwork and attitude in the workplace. Students will also complete interviewing with Fanshawe College partners to secure each student's first field placement.
SKLS-1029Skills for College Success4
This course is designed to provide skills that will promote success in the college environment and beyond. The rights and responsibilities of being a student in the CICE program will be discussed. Students will be instructed on study skills, time management, problem solving, resiliency strategies, positive interpersonal skills, mind-set and reflection practices. The development of these skills will be accommodated in a group learning environment that encourages diversity and promotes individual strengths. Students will also be introduced to the services and activities that are available at the college. Students will create a Learner Portfolio of their skills and assessments that highlight their strengths to support their success. This portfolio will be an active document that other CICE courses will build upon in future terms.
COMP-1552Technology for Learning3
This course is designed to foster the transition of the student into a post-secondary learning environment using available assistive technology to enhance learning outcomes across the CICE program. Using CICE designated laptops, the student will have opportunities to demonstrate their ability to access and utilize Fanshawe Online and technology to accommodate their individual strengths and needs. Students will be oriented to word processing, keyboarding, and basic computing skills necessary to be successful within their core courses. Internet safety will also be discussed.
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Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.