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.

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Applications for September 2023 will begin to be accepted after November 1, 2023.

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)


FALL TERMSeptember to December
LCBE 2P60 – Community Collaboration for ChangeExamines the social contexts impacting collaborative initiatives as well as strategies for developing relationships to support education and community growth.
LCBE 2P61 – Community-based Experiential LearningCommunity-based field experience enabling students to explore the work of educators in community settings.
LCBE 6P15 - Relationship BuildingIntroduction 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 BuildingIntroduction to cultural issues and cultural competencies for promoting professional skills and well-being in educational, workplace and community settings.
LCBE 6F99 - Advanced Educational and Career Planning SeminarDevelop transferable skills based on professional learning, personal interests and community needs. Includes resume preparation, networking, and developing critical soft skills.
WINTER TERMJanuary to April
LCBE 1P91 – Teaching Adult LearnersAn introduction to the core principles and theories related to teaching adults.
LCBE 6P12 Education for Professional and Personal DevelopmentIntroduction 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 EvaluationExplores current research and emerging issues related to the assessment and evaluation of performance and learning in educational, workplace and community contexts.
LCBE 6Q96 - Experiential Learning in EducationLearning, 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.
LCBE 6F99 - Advanced Educational and Career Planning SeminarDevelop transferable skills based on professional learning, personal interests and community needs. Includes resume preparation, networking, and developing critical soft skills.

Advantages & Outcomes

LCBE provides:

  • 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

LCBE Graduates CAN:

  • 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.

LCBE and international students:

  • 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.
  • 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 & Awards

Tuition (2022-2023):

  • Domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents): $1,217.88 per credit
  • International Students (on a study permit): $17,806 CAD Tuition for all courses over 2 terms.
  • Refer to Brock Student Accounts & Financial Aid website for more details.

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 deposit should be the full tuition amount.

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.

Bursary: Students who complete both certificates will receive a $2000 Dean’s Bursary, to be provided as a discount on tuition during the second certificate: $1000 in the Fall term and $1000 in the Winter term.

Awards: All LCBE applicants are considered for our incoming student award (no additional application forms are needed). There is also an award for a graduating student based on the highest GPA. Note that the amounts of any of these awards will range from $1000 to $1500. Students in the LCBE are not eligible for financial support from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

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.

Admission Criteria

  • 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)

How to apply

  • Complete the Undergraduate Studies International Full Time Application; you must pay the $130 Application fee (non-refundable) at the time of application.
  • 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:

  • Works best with Chrome as the browser
  • Choose Fall 2023 (there is no Spring intake)
  • For the “status in Canada” choose “Student Permit” if not yet in Canada
  • 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

LCBE Important Dates:

  • Deadline to apply: We accept applications on a rolling basis. However, if outside of Canada allow time for study permit application processing
  • Deposit due: Before being able to register for classes. Registration will open July 1, 2023
  • Orientation: Online in August and in-person on September 4 and 5, 2023
  • Classes begin: September 6, 2023

Note to applications submitted by education consultants:

International Programs Office

The Faculty of Education has its own International Programs office. Services include answering inquiries, orientations, academic advising, professional development and immigration advising.

Visit the International Programs Office and contact us with your questions. We’re here to help!

Frequently asked questions

  • Brock University’s Master of Education (MEd) General pathway, is 3 terms long (can be completed in 12 months, although some students take longer)
  • The LCBE certificate is 2 terms long (completed in 8 months)
  • The MEd at Brock requires an IELTS of 7.5, no bands below 7.0; LCBE requires an IELTS of 6.5
  • LCBE’s tuition is at a lower per credit hour rate than Brock’s MEd
  • A master’s degree usually has a higher point value on the Canadian Comprehensive Ranking System used for some permanent residency programs, and can qualify for the Ontario Immigration Nomination Program-Masters Graduate Stream
  • LCBE meets the education requirement for the Ontario Immigrant Nomination Program-International Student Stream

Neither a certificate nor a master’s degree will lead to the teaching certification required to teach in public (K-12) schools in the Province of Ontario. If you want to teach in the public K-12 school system in Ontario, you have to apply for the Teacher Education program.

LCBE classes are fewer than 25 students to provide opportunities to interact with the professor and other classmates.

You will have a total of 9 courses over the two terms. Each course meets for 3 hours per week (usually on 3-hour blocks of time). In addition to the instructional hours, you also have extra after-class readings, assignments, and activities.

 We welcome students from around the world. The countries sending the largest number of students are India, China, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Iran.

Yes, if you first complete the Canadian Culture in Education Studies certificate, or have a minimum of three previous years of full-time study (non-ESL) where the primary language of instruction and evaluation was English, with strong grades in English and other humanities/social science courses.

You may apply now with your up-to-date transcript and a school letter certifying that you are a 4th year university student. You may get a conditional offer of admission to LCBE from Brock University, but you must submit a notarized certificate of the bachelor’s degree and a notarized transcript before you can register for your first term of classes.

We have an intake in September of each year. While applications are accepted at any time, early applications are encouraged to allow for study permit applications.

No. At this time MPCE only has a September enrollment. You may want to consider Brock’s ESL Services for entry dates at different times of the year. 

No. All academic disciplines of studies are welcome to apply.

An LCBE student is considered a full-time academic student in a certificate program at Brock University and will belong to the undergraduate student body. You have access to all university services, including the library, internet, health services and computer labs.

While there is no financial aid available, awards are made at the beginning and the end of the program to select students. These awards range from $1000 to $1500. LCBE students are also eligible to work on- or off-campus during their studies.

Yes, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires a visa for any post-secondary program that is longer than six months. LCBE is an 8-month long program, so you will need a Student Visa. Please visit our Brock International Services website for helpful information for international students, including visas. In addition, please see the information on our Faculty of Education RCIC Service below.

There is an orientation at the beginning of the program and activities throughout the semester designed to enhance your professional development and knowledge of Canadian culture such as volunteer opportunities and workshops. In addition. there are many opportunities for students to enjoy the sports facilities at Brock and to participate in activities promoted by organizations across campus. See Explore – ExperienceBU (brocku.ca)

Yes, the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is mandatory for all international students. The Brock University Student Union also provides mandatory Student VIP Insurance to cover items such as prescriptions, glasses and dental.

Yes; because the LCBE certificate is an academic (8-month) program, it qualifies an international student for work permission. International students can work on or off-campus part-time as long as they are studying full-time at a recognized institution.  You may not begin employment until after you have begun the program. Full-time employment can be considered during the fall and winter reading weeks, during the December to January break. After graduation from the program your work permission will change depending on your circumstances.


Susan Virtue, MEd, RCIC
Manager, International Programs in the Faculty of Education

Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) #R518747

*Immigration information on this page is provided by this consultant.