Leadership in Community-based Education Certificate (LCBE)

The LCBE advanced certificate prepares graduates for positions in community-based educational settings with internships and an introduction to workplace practices.

Program outline

LCBE courses are designed to provide essential knowledge about educational theories and leadership practices and to develop critical communication and collaboration skills, preparing the student to seek employment in community-based education settings or pursue advanced post-secondary studies.

Program Length: 2 terms, 8 months (equals 1 academic year)

Program Level: Advanced Certificate (requires a Bachelor’s degree for admission). At Brock University this certificate is housed in the undergraduate division.

FALL TERM September to December
LCBE 2P60 – Community Collaboration for Change Examines the social contexts impacting collaborative initiatives as well as strategies for developing relationships to support education and community growth.
LCBE 6P10 – Exploring Values and Experiences in Educational and Career Planning Seminar Practical application of transferable skills, personal interests, and community needs. Includes resume preparation, developing networking skills, and review of community-based employment opportunities. Prepares students with an understanding of how skills, existing and new, translate into workplace practices.
LCBE 6P15 – Relationship Building Introduction to theories and practices related to intrapersonal and interpersonal relationship development in educational, workplace and community settings. Topics include effective communication, conflict resolution and positive learning communities.
LCBE 6P16 – Cultural Fluency and Community Building Introduction to cultural issues and cultural competencies for promoting professional skills and well-being in educational, workplace and community settings.
LCBE 6Q96 – Experiential Learning in Education Learning, application, and reflection on education, work and learning in the Canadian educational context. Students connect theory to practice in a workplace and/or community setting.
WINTER TERM January to April
LCBE 1P91 – Teaching Adult Learners An introduction to the core principles and theories related to teaching adults.
LCBE 2P61 – Community-based Experiential Learning Community-based field experience enabling students to explore the work of educators in community settings.
LCBE 6P12 Education for Professional and Personal Development Introduction to educational theories and programming that support professional and personal development in educational and community settings. Topics include positive education, socio-emotional learning, and growth mindset.
LCBE 6P14 – Program and Performance Evaluation Explores current research and emerging issues related to the assessment and evaluation of performance and learning in educational, workplace and community contexts.
LCBE 6P99 – Educational and Career Planning Seminar Development of transferable skills based on professional learning, personal interests and community needs. Prepares students with workplace theories and an understanding of how culture influences and enhances workplace settings.


  • Opportunities to improve writing and presentation skills
  • Academic credit to demonstrate a student’s ability to perform well in the Canadian system
  • 4th-year academic credit for those who have a 3-year bachelor’s degree
  • Cultural adaptation and foundations in the Canadian educational system
  • References and career guidance
  • Internships in community-based organizations


  • Seek employment as education consultants and program managers at recruitment agencies, admissions counsellors and academic advisors at private schools, colleges and universities, or as employment advisors, community engagement facilitators, program officers and settlement workers at non-profit organizations.
  • Apply for admission to graduate degree programs or other advanced postsecondary studies.
  • Apply to the Canadian Culture in Education Studies certificate.


  • Apply directly for the Post-graduate Work Permit (PGWP). The LCBE certificate on its own meets the eligibility requirements for an 8-month to 1-year PGWP. If combined with the Canadian Culture and Education Studies (CCES) graduates will be eligible for the 3-year PGWP.*
  • Meet the education requirement for the Ontario Immigrant Nomination Program (OINP): International Student Stream.*
  • The two certificate programs are designed to work together to provide the best possible experience and preparation for international students who are transitioning to Canada and Canadian higher education studies. To combine CCES and LCBE apply for consecutive admission. See more in the How to Apply section below.
  • Students have approximately 4 months (May to August) to work or volunteer between completion of LCBE and commencement in CCES.
  • Students who complete both certificates will receive a $2000 Dean’s Bursary, to be credited as a discount on tuition for the second certificate.
  • Graduates are prepared to seek employment in community-based settings with summer work experience, internships and two certificates to list on a resume ─ indicating to Canadian employers that an applicant is equipped with culturally-relevant and transferrable skills.
  • Canadian education is valued worldwide. Canada’s education system is ranked #4 in the world (Maclean’s Magazine University Rankings, 2020).

Tuition (2023):

  • Domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents): $6,100 for 5 credits. If taken part-time tuition may increase each year.
  • International Students (on a study permit): $18,696 CAD Tuition for all courses over 2 terms.
  • Refer to Brock Student Accounts & Financial Aid website for more details.

Additional Fees: Mandatory Ancillary fees are not included in the tuition (LCBE students follow the Undergraduate Ancillary Fee Schedule). For current fee information, including health insurance, visit Brock Student Accounts & Financial Aid. Estimate an additional $2700 for Ancillary fees during the course of the program. These mandatory fees include health insurance and a bus pass from September to April of each year.

Personal Expenses: The cost of living in St. Catharines is affordable. Estimate $1000 to $1300 per month for food, rent and personal expenses (single person living in shared housing). Read more helpful information on budgeting for your expenses.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (on a study permit):

Deposit: A minimum $1,000 CAD deposit is required before being able to register for classes. Information will be included with the offer of admission. The deposit can be refunded if a Canadian study permit is not received. If applying via the Student Direct Stream* the deposit should be the full tuition amount of $18,696 CAD.

  • A 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Upload your unofficial transcript to your my.brocku.ca student portal, as stated in the Acknowledgement Email you received after submitting your application.  You will also need to provide a final, official copy of your transcript prior to the start of classes. These must be submitted by the issuing institution and can be emailed by that institution to admissions@brocku.ca. Transcripts can also be mailed by the institution. To be considered official transcripts, you, the student can never have been in possession of them. Please review our document submission guidelines here.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 65% percent (Canadian equivalent). All courses completed in the undergraduate degree are used to calculate this average. Brock University Admissions evaluates transcripts. If the Admissions office cannot verify your post-secondary transcript, you may be asked to provide a WES Assessment, at your own cost. dependent evaluations may be included along with transcripts.
  • Applicants with 3-year degrees or lower GPAs may apply to be considered for exceptional admission.
  • Minimum English language proficiency requirement:
    • IELTS 6.5, with no bands below 6.0
    • TOEFL overall 88, no subscores below 21
    • Duolingo minimum score of 110
    • CAEL overall 70, no band below 60
    • PTE 58
    • Brock’s IELP, Level 5
    • CAE (A1 Advanced) 176 minimum
    • CPE (C2 Proficiency) 176 minimum
    • Three years of study in an English-speaking academic program
    • See official information at: English proficiency requirements – Admissions @ Brock (brocku.ca)

Two ways to apply:

  1. Only for the Leadership in Community-based Education certificate. (Note: If you select this program and later decide to take a second certificate, we are unable to provide you with a second official offer letter as students can only receive one offer to Brock when they are initially admitted to a certificate program.)
  2. For Consecutive Admission. Students will start in the Canadian Culture in Education Studies certificate then, upon successful completion (70% average required) continue the following September in the Leadership in Community-based Education certificate without having to reapply or submit an updated English Proficiency test. On the application form choose, “Consecutive Admission to CCES and LCBE Cert.”


Start with the instructions here: Apply Now – Admissions @ Brock (brocku.ca). You will be using the  BROCK APPLICATION – APPLYING TO BROCK ONLY – form for Fall/Winter/Spring and based on your residency status (international student, Canadian citizen or permanent resident).

  • Provide an unofficial copy of all University transcript(s), by uploading it to your brocku.ca student portal. Doing so will allow Admissions to begin our assessment
  • Submit your English Proficiency Test Score, based on the testing options available above. We cannot provide you an offer until both the transcript(s) and English proficiency test score are received and both meet the requirements.
  • Provide a final, official University transcript by August 1. This must be provided by the institution you attended and sent directly to Brock by email or mail. Review our document submission guidelines here.

Application Tips:

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  • Choose Fall 2024 (there is no Spring intake)
  • An incomplete application (before the application fee is paid) will be saved for two weeks (an email alert will provide a link to return to the application)
  • After the application fee is paid an email is sent in 2 business days with instructions on how to create the brock.ca account and upload documents
  • Only fully completed applications will be evaluated

Note to applications submitted by education consultants:

  • Deadline to apply: We accept applications on a rolling basis. However, if outside of Canada we recommmend applying by May 1 to allow time for study permit application processing. Deferrals are not permitted for certificate programs.
  • Deposit due: Before being able to register for classes. Registration will open July 1, 2024
  • Orientation: Online in August and in-person September 3, 2024
  • Classes begin: September 4, 2024


Email foeadvising@brocku.ca


Note: Information presented is subject to change without notice. Please see the Brock University Registrar’s office Office of the Registrar (brocku.ca) and Brock Student Accounts & Financial Aid Student Accounts & Financial Aid (brocku.ca) websites for updates and official details. 

*Please see the LCBE and CCES FAQ website for immigration resources