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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Education Certificate

The online Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Education Certificate prepares you to provide quality care for individuals with FASD. One of the unique challenges of FASD is the different ways it can impact individuals due to the variety of ways alcohol effects brain development. The range of conditions includes increased risk for mental health issues, addictions, school difficulty, and difficulties maintaining employment. To help you develop the skills to help those with FASD, you will study addiction, the justice system, teaching and learning in the classroom, family support, job support, mental health, and more. This program is highly suitable for graduates of BVC’s diploma programs in Practical Nurse, Early Learning and Child Care, Educational Assistant, Disability Studies, Addiction Studies: Aboriginal Focus, and Justice Studies.

The focus on FASD is growing, as is the demand for those with the knowledge to support it. This is the only program offered at this level in Canada, uniquely preparing you to assume responsible roles in the fields of health care, education, social and addiction services, judicial services, and supports for persons with disabilities.

This program is offered on an online basis. Students have up to 3 years to complete online courses and practicum (most students complete in 2 to 3 years). Students have a maximum of 4 months to complete each course.

Prospective learners who live outside of Alberta and will be completing their practicum outside of Alberta, are required to speak to the Program Coordinator prior to applying for the program to discuss insurance regulations. Contact 403-410-1650 to speak to the Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit

Students that have completed post-secondary diplomas or degrees may be granted some advanced credit on a case-by-case basis. Please see the Transfer Credit & Prior Learning page for more information.

Need more info?

For more information about this program, please call 403-410-1402

Courses in Program

Curriculum Subject to Change

Courses in program

DAST1202 - Disability Work Management and Supported Employment (3 credits, 45 hours)

This course is an introduction to the historical and contemporary models of services and supports for those who face barriers in employment. It will introduce practices that engage people to discover their personal and professional potential through employment and community contribution. An emphasis will be placed on the importance of creating and sustaining valued roles for marginalized people in society.
Prerequisites: None

DAST1301 - Health and Wellness (3 credits, 45 hours)

This course is an introduction to the general principles and strategies of mental health and mental wellness for people with developmental disabilities. Key strategies in promoting health and wellness with and for persons with disabilities will be examined.
Prerequisites: None

FASD1201 - Family and Caregivers for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (3 credits, 45 hours)

The various challenges families and caregivers for members with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder include - divorce, death, poverty, violence are critically reviewed.  Approaches are given to working in partnership with parents, and caregivers, across the cultural diversity in Canada today. 
Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: FASD1301

FASD1301 - Brain Function and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (3 credits, 45 hours)

This course offers an introduction to the challenges faced by individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, their families, support workers, and the community. Topics include terminology, assessment/diagnostic processes, and primary and secondary characteristics as they present across the lifespan. Emphasis is on components and functions of the brain and the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on attention, memory, cognition, language, sensory perception, social emotional behaviours and impulsivity. 
Prerequisites: None

HMSV1102 - Aboriginal History, Identity and Culture (3 credits, 45 hours)

This course is an overview of Canada's First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.  Historical and current issues are covered, including languages, stories of origin, different band treaties, and current issues of ownership over land, water and governance. 
Prerequisites: None

FASD1999 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Studies (6 credits, 180 hours)

This practicum and associated seminars provides learners with the opportunity to begin integrating theory and practice in the provision of support services to people with FASD. Learners are placed in community and agency settings and supervised by agency staff. Weekly seminars provide opportunity for reflection and the integration of theory and practice.
Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: 12 credits of FASDE program

FASD1302 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Addiction (3 credits, 45 hours)

This course looks at various types of addictions and their impact on individuals.  It looks at substances and their impact on body mind and behavior, and addresses substances by category and by individual addiction to understand their history, appeal risks and impact.  Emphasis is given on addictions treatment theory and services.
Prerequisites: FASD1301

FASD1401 - The Justice System and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (3 credits, 45 hours)

This course offers an examination of the various types of prevention and intervention initiatives at the regional, provincial and national judicial levels. Emphasis is on strategies that create holistic community supports including those that address safety issues, sexuality, abuse and interactions with the legal/justice systems. 
Prerequisites: FASD1301 

FASD1402 - The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Learner in the Classroom (3 credits, 45 hours)

This course examines instructional and behavior support techniques that are used in classrooms where students may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.  It focuses on assessment, and individual program planning and the role of the educational assistant and teacher in the team. 
Prerequisites: FASD1301

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Credit in English 30-1 or 65% or better in English 30-2 or equivalent


  • Successful completion of the General Educational Development test (GED) test with a minimum score in the following sections:
    • Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
    • Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score


  • Satisfactory results on the BVC Admissions Test

Pre-Practicum Requirement

  • A current Police Information Check (PIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) must be submitted prior to practicum placements. The existence of a criminal record may postpone or prevent clinical, practicum, or field work placements and, subsequently, successful completion of the program.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS score of 6 with a minimum band score of 5.5
  • TOEFL score of 83
  • BVC Academic English 2 with a grade of B-
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks score of 8 in each strand
  • Successful completion of an Alberta Education English Language Arts course that is consistent with the specified academic admission requirements of the Career Program
  • Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction
  • Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction
  • See English Language Proficiency Requirements for details.