About the program
The Family Literacy Facilitation Program is offered in partnership with the Centre for Family Literacy (Edmonton AB), and Conestoga College. Referred to the many ways families develop and use literacy skills to accomplish day-to-day tasks and activities, family literacy is a process that shapes ways of thinking and is multi-faceted, and interactive. This program is designed to give practitioners the knowledge and practical skills to support parents and caregivers so that they can increase the literacy skills in their child. This will improve the health and well-being of the entire family.
Together, the six courses reflect the complex range of knowledge and skills required by adult educators, early childhood educators, educational assistants, teachers, health care practitioners, social service providers, library staff, and others who work with families experiencing literacy challenges. Consistent with the principles of an integrated and strengths-based approach to family learning and well-being, the program is designed to develop critical reflection skills that lead to continual improvement in program development, implementation and practice.
This program was developed for all levels of leadership from executive directors and board members, to practitioners and facilitators, who wish to build upon their knowledge, skills and expertise in the social and human services and related fields.
All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.
Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.
- A two- or three-year diploma or a degree from an accredited college or university OR
- Two (2) years of related full-time formal work experience OR
- Successful completion of the Introduction to Family Literacy training course developed by the Centre for Family Literacy (with a certificate of completion) AND a current letter of employment from a Family Literacy Program Employer.
Note re: admission requirements
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL 580 with a TWE of 4.5 or iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0, CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60, CAAT D at 65%; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the post-graduate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of admission requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements
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- Analyze, evaluate and apply concepts of an integrated and strengths-based approach to family learning and well-being.
- Assess the areas where changes in perspective or practice can make meaningful differences in outcomes for family literacy and support programs.
- Assess the benefits of inter-agency and community collaboration in achieving outcomes-based goals for family literacy and support programs.
- Examine family literacy across a variety of contexts and populations.
- Recommend approaches and strategies that will build and sustain family literacy.
- Reflect on personal, societal and organizations biases assumptions and beliefs to increase self and system awareness to advance practices.
- Analyze current research in family literacy in order to increase awareness of best practice.
Program related resources
The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.