Social Service Worker (Mississauga Campus - International Only) - 690

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Support individuals, groups, families and communities to become stronger, healthier and happier.

Program Highlights

  • A focus on experiential learning opportunities.
  • Complete 600 hours of supervised field placement.
  • Advocate for and get involved in social justice opportunities. 
  • Meet like-minded people and network with current professionals.
  • Dedicated staff and faculty.

What you'll learn

  • Current ideas, theories, and interventions that social service agencies use to create good and positive relationships in communities. 
  • The function of self-awareness and how to develop the necessary skills to work with a wide variety of people. 
  • Social Service Worker (SSW) values such as the right to risk, the inherent worth of everyone, and the power of social justice.
  • To recognize the importance of Indigenous ways of knowing in practice.
  • Practical skills for helping, such as how to talk to people, figure out what they need, work well with groups, and help communities make positive changes. 
  • Documentation guidelines in the social service field.
  • Ethical decision-making models to help work through challenging problems.
  • Canadian policies and laws which affect the people that receive social service work services.

Potential applicants need to be aware that the agencies working with our placement students are requiring placement students to be fully vaccinated by Health Canada approved vaccines. Please consider your vaccine status when considering this program as it will have a significant impact on your ability to participate in field placement.


Program Length

2 academic years (period of 8 months)


Language Requirements for International Students:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition and Fees

2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2

Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees

Co-op FeesN/AN/A

Program Compulsory Fees

International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester$8,918.00$8,730.00
Total 1st Year Fees$17,648.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Note: HIST 10015 History & Ethics of Social Work will be delivered as follows:
Lecture 2 hours: First 7 weeks of program
Lab 2 hours: Second 7 weeks of program

Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Field placements

  • Field placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending field placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to field placements within or outside the Hamilton region
  • Agencies require a recent Vulnerable Sector Check from placement students. Convictions under the Criminal Code can be a barrier to placement
  • Students may be required to complete various Immunizations and Disease Screening protocols required by some field placement agencies
  • Students will receive individual and group feedback to further their skills through the use of interactive simulated patients, virtual reality scenarios and case studies.
  • The social work field unpaid placement provides students with an opportunity to expand on their knowledge and skills with firsthand experience. It offers students an opportunity to deepen their reflective practice and grow their understanding of the social service work profession. At Mohawk College our Field Placement team develops each placement, working with agencies and supervisors to offer a supportive learning environment. Students are expected to be active learners during their internships and gain beneficial experiences. Placements are an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, take initiative, and emerge as a strong leader!
  • New students should note that the majority of our community's social service agencies require updated COVID vaccinations (a minimum of 2 doses), except when exemptions are applicable under the Human Rights Act.

Become an Agency

If you would like to become an Agency that takes students on placement from Mohawk College's Social Services & Justice Studies programs, please visit the Community Services Field Placements page.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

  • Social Service Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Employment Counsellor
  • Community Worker

Where you could work includes:

  • Community Agencies
  • Ontario Works and Ontario Government
  • Recovery Homes, Residential, and Community Mental Health Services
  • Addiction Services
  • Youth, Seniors and Women's Shelters

Opportunities for grads

  • Become a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn a degree:

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Additional Information

  • Attendance at program orientation is strongly recommended
  • Significant volunteer experience is recommended
  • Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment
  • Access to or use of a laptop with audio and video capabilities for virtual simulation scenarios required to facilitate the student-learning experience.

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