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Progress toward your career goals with our co-operative education model - 2022/2023

The Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program is designed for adults with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries, intellectual disabilities and other significant learning challenges. If you've received an Ontario Secondary School Certificate of Completion or an Ontario Secondary School Diploma that includes courses in the Locally Developed curriculum, this program will give you the chance to attend college and progress toward your career goals.

Success will be a team effort. Learning Facilitators and an Employment Liaison will provide in-class assistance, weekly tutoring, and placement development designed specifically for your learning strengths. Your courses will be personalized to meet your needs by modifying content, assignments and tests to focus on your strengths. You'll even have the technology you need to make learning accessible and engaging.

Once you select the career path you're interested in, you'll take 11 courses in that program (Early Childhood Education, Photography, Culinary, Recreation and Leisure or Office Administration), six core CICE Seminar courses and complete three field placements throughout the two-year program. When you graduate, you'll receive an Ontario College Certificate in CICE and will have the hands-on experience required to pursue your desired career path.


Shadow Days: This is a day when prospective students 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.

Info Night: End of June for new students.

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

Admission Requirements - 2022/2023

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) where curriculum modification was required
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation
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.


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

  • 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

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

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.


Community Integration Through Co-Operative Education-2022/2023

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.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory courses and 3
additional courses
FLDP-1017Fieldwork A2.8
This course provides students with their first field placement experience in their concentration area. Students will demonstrate theory that was taught in the classroom and their pre-placement course. They will practice good working habits such as punctuality, attendance, following directions, completing work assignments, interpersonal communication, and overall skill development. Students will practice safe work practices and record weekly reflections for their CICE field placement journal.
BSCI-1237Self-Awareness & Advocacy4
Students will gain an understanding of the necessity of self-awareness in order to successfully advocate for themselves and to seek resources to support them in the workplace and/or community. Students will have opportunities to practice interpersonal skills across various settings, enhance professionalism, provide and accept feedback, and understand inclusion. This course will incorporate reflections on student experiences, conflict resolution strategies, advocacy strategies, and suggestions for effective participation in the workplace and/or community will be exchanged. Students will continue to learn and practice effective resiliency strategies to benefit mental well- being. Students will continue contributing to the Learner Portfolio.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory courses and 3
additional courses
FLDP-3015Fieldwork B2.8
This course will be the first part of Fieldwork B. Students will begin field placement at a new agency, to identify a higher level of goals related to placement, good working habits such as professional conversations at work with respect of diverse opinions and values from team members, communicate knowledge of the placement agency, and begin to actively participate as a team member to relate workplace policies and procedures for safe work practices. Students will record weekly reflections in their CICE field placement journal and participate in a mid-term evaluation with the employer.
BSCI-1272Personal/Professional Independence4
This course will allow students to develop goal setting practices to assist them in realizing their future vision for their life. Students will identify and discuss valuable job skills and negative work behaviours to avoid. While actively working toward their personal and professional goals, students will continue to practice resiliency skills to address mental well-being. Students will utilize their interpersonal skills learned in a previous CICE course to network with people within the college and the broader community. Group work will facilitate the learning of the necessary skills for students to effectively work in a group environment while accepting and appreciating diversity. Students will also participate in mentoring first term CICE students. Students will continue contributing to the Learner Portfolio.

Level 4
Take all of the following Mandatory courses and 3
additional courses
FLDP-3016Fieldwork C2.8
This course will be a continuation of Fieldwork B at the same agency. Students will demonstrate their final set of professional goals, interact and respond professionally to written, spoken, or visual communication at the placement agency with team members and the public, implement the importance of appropriate and safe work habits and gain further knowledge of agency roles, routines, and programs. Students will record weekly reflections in their CICE field placement journal and participate in a final field placement evaluation with the employer.
DEVL-1042Transition to Community4
Students will reflect on their skills developed to learn about agencies and services available to support them in their transition to the community. It will assist the student in developing strategies for seeking employment, networking, updating their resume, creating a cover letter, preparing for interviews, and practicing interview techniques. Students will further develop networking skills through a practical networking experience. This course will also address the topics of workplace ethics, having friends in the workplace and the importance of professionalism and a positive attitude at work. Students will identify and employ project management skills and work as a team to plan, prepare, and host an event to network with potential employers and agencies and highlight their finalized portfolio and the CICE program.

Elective Courses
Take 11 Elective Courses:
Normally taken in Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 17 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2022/2023

Career Opportunities

The graduates of the CICE program will be qualified for a variety of entry-level positions depending on their area of interest. For example:
  • A student who has focused on the Recreation and Leadership program may work at a retirement home, summer camp or resort in a support role
  • A student who has taken courses in Early Childhood Education may become a day care aide or nursery school classroom aide
  • A student who has studied Photography may become an assistant photographer or become a product photographer for online catalogues
  • A student who has focused on Culinary may become a Sous Chef or Prep Cook in a restaurant kitchen
Overall, the possibilities for employment are only limited by the creativity of the person seeking the employment. Students of the CICE program can seek out many unique vocational opportunities with their newly acquired skills and field placement experience in the area that interests them.

More Information - 2022/2023

A Two-Year Ontario College Certificate Program
Program Code: CIT2
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)

September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Community Studies: 519-452-4224

Program Description

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 11 courses in a selected area of concentration as well as 6 core CICE seminar courses, and 3 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. Examples of modifications include changing the level of learning by adjusting the course learning outcomes and tailoring assignments and tests to meet individual needs. Accommodations depend on the student's abilities and generally include note taking, scribing, extended test times and other related supports both inside and outside the classroom. 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.

The CICE program offers students with learning challenges the opportunity to complete a college program that is modified to fit their individual academic abilities and field placements that will showcase their skills and knowledge in their chosen field for potential employment.

Students starting in the September 2019 class can select from the following areas of concentration:

- Early Childhood Education
- Recreation and Leisure
- Photography
- Culinary
- Office Administration

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.

Program Pathways

For information about Program Pathways visit

Program Details

More details

2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

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

Day Time
Ontario College Certificate
60 weeks