Social Service Worker (Intensive) - 955

Ontario College Diploma
One year or less
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Already have a related degree or diploma? You could be a candidate for this intensive program.

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.

Program Highlights

  • Building on previous academic work, students can complete a Social Service Worker diploma with a field placement experience in 8 months.

What you'll learn

  • Develop awareness of yourself, gain greater insight into who you are and experience personal growth.
  • Discover how Social Service Workers facilitate positive changes in the lives of others.
  • Focus on the relationships that people have with each other and the world around them as a way of supporting others and promoting community and social change.
  • Core values required to be effective and ethical social service workers such as the right to choose, the right to equality, justice and access to service.
  • Helping skills such as interviewing, assessing the needs of others, working effectively with groups and assisting communities to change.
  • Develop the ability to document, work within legal and ethical frameworks and understand the importance of respecting the uniqueness and dignity of all people.
  • Learn about anti-oppressive theory and practice as it relates to advocacy and case management.

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

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

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Program delivery

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University degree in Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Education) or college diploma related to Human Services (70% guideline) or equivalent. Please note that preference will be given to related degrees. Students must have a minimum of 1 Psychology course and 1 Sociology course.

Applicants who have completed post-secondary education in outside fields will be considered if they have multiple Psychology and Sociology courses.

Important Information 

  • 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
  • For degrees from Countries other than Canada, a course by course evaluation can be completed through: ICAS/WES/CES

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language or you have earned the equivalent of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or post-secondary education outside of Canada, you will be required to provide proof of one of the following:

  • IELT S Academic overall band of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5
  • TOEFL iBT 80, no band less than 20
  • TOEFL Paper-based, overall score 550
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment), 70
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic 58
  • CLBPT (Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test), overall score 7, no band less than 7
  • Completion of level 8 of the General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes (GAS-EAP). Placement in the GAS-EAP program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS Academic

Tuition and Fees

2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory Ancillary Fees

$704.51 $698.20
Co-op Fees N/A N/A

Compulsory Program Fees

$80.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,138.55 $2,052.24
Total 1st Year Fees $4,190.79

    2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees

    Description Semester 1 Semester 2

    Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees

    $7,879.00 $7,935.00
    Co-op Fees N/A N/A

    Program Compulsory Fees

    $80.00 $0.00
    International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
    Total International Charges Per Semester $8,409.00 $8,310.00
    Total 1st Year Fees $16,719.00

    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.

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    Financial Assistance

    When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

    As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

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    By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

    Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

    Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

    Course Overview & Descriptions

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    Experiential Learning

    How you'll gain skills

    • Through supervised field placements selected for you based on your individual learning goals and supported by experienced faculty.

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

    Field Placements

    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.

    • 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 with or outside the Hamilton region 
    • Registered students who have been convicted of an offence for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter or continue in a placement while in the program
    • 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.

    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 Workers
    • Mental Health Workers
    • Case Managers
    • Employment Counsellors
    • Community Workers

    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

    • 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

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

    Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

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