|Study location||Canada, Ontario, Oakville|
|Nominal duration||2 years, includes 3 field placements|
|Tuition fee||CA$17,987 per year
The fees shown here are estimates only for and are subject to change. The above fee includes tuition (CA$15,734), health insurance and ancillary fees.
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|Registration fee||CA$400 one-time
The registration fee includes the non-refundable application fee (CA$100) and the refundable deposit fee (CA$300).
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|Dormitory fee||CA$12,000 per year
The above fee is an estimated amount for during the two academic semesters.
There are a lot of housing options for you to choose from depending on your needs and preferences. Be sure to find a place close to your campus and easily accessible by regular and frequent public transit.
High School / Secondary Education (or higher)
To be eligible for admission, you must possess a high school diploma including these required courses (or equivalents):
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
For direct admission, you must be from an English speaking country or, you must provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:
If your IELTS/TOEFL score does not meet the minimum English language requirement for direct entry, you may choose to enter the English Language Studies (ESL) program, offered by Sheridan College, which is an intensive, full-time academic program.
Criminal Record Check and Immunization Requirements
Sheridan field placement agencies may require a police record check for criminal offences, a vulnerable sector check and/or a current record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement and at their own expense. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities.
Sheridan’s Social Service Worker – Gerontology program will prepare you to become a leader in the care of older adults.
Learn social service work focused on a growing population
Social service workers who focus on gerontology are sought out by many organizations because of the growing senior population in Canada. This in-depth diploma answers society’s needs by teaching the foundations of social service work, while training you to specialize in work with the elderly.
Work with our faculty of community service professionals
Our faculty come from a wide range of community service roles, and includes social workers, community developers and gerontology specialists. Each professor brings their unique and valuable experience to every course, providing you with one-of-a-kind knowledge that only years in the field provides.
Get hands-on social service work experience in field placements
In Terms 2, 3 and 4 you’ll work with seniors in a field placement two days a week. This means valuable on-the-job experience and the chance to practically apply your class lessons. You’ll support older adults in different settings, and also establish valuable career connections in the community.
Things you’ll learn to do
- Advocate with government and not-for-profit agencies who provide services for older adults.
- Develop and implement therapeutic recreation and activation programs.
- Co-ordinate home support services and/or volunteer programs.
- Support persons living with cognitive impairments or mental health challenges and their families.
- Deliver a holistic service plan to improve the lives of older adults.
- Gain Professional Registration
When you graduate from the Social Service Worker – Gerontology program, you’ll be eligible for membership with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. As a member of this body, you can use the title “Registered Social Service Worker.” For additional details, visit the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers site.
Sheridan Centre for Elder Research
The Social Service Worker – Gerontology program has a unique partnership with the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research. Research at the Centre is regularly integrated into our curriculum, and students may have the opportunity to engage in applied research projects.
Sheridan provides training in fields with a bright future. When you graduate from the Social Service Worker – Gerontology program, you’ll be ready to enter a field that continues to grow with new and emerging job opportunities.
Here are some jobs you might find:
- Adult program/recreation assistant
- Case worker
- Community outreach worker
- Family resource worker
- Hospice worker
- Social service worker