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 are now being accepted.

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 6P10 - Exploring Values and Experiences in Educational and Career Planning SeminarPractical 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 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 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.
WINTER TERMJanuary to April
LCBE 1P91 – Teaching Adult LearnersAn introduction to the core principles and theories related to teaching adults.
LCBE 2P61 – Community-based Experiential LearningCommunity-based field experience enabling students to explore the work of educators in community settings.
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 6P99 - Educational and Career Planning SeminarDevelopment 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.

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. 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 (2023-2024):

  • Domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents): $1,217.88 per credit
  • 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 deposit should be the full tuition amount of $18,696 CAD.

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


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 2023 (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

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) Course-based pathway, is 3 terms long (can be completed in 12 months, although some students take longer)
  • The LCBE or CCES 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, CCES requires an IELTS of 6.0
  • The certificate’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 and CCES meet the education requirement for the Ontario Immigrant Nomination Program-International Student Stream because they are one-year programs that require an undergraduate degree for admission.

Neither the certificates 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.

The certificate’s classes are capped at 20 students to provide opportunities to interact with the professor and other classmates.

For both LCBE and CCES, you will have a total of 10 courses over the two terms. Each course meets for 3 hours per week (usually on 3-hour blocks of time). In addition to the 15 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.


For CCES: Please see the options listed on the website page for English Language pathway programs: Canadian Culture and Education Studies Certificate (CCES) – Faculty of Education (brocku.ca)

For LCBE: 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. 

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 for international students. Deposits are required by May 1 of each year, and registration for classes begins in July.

No. At this time we only have an intake in September of each year.

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

A CCES or LCBE student is considered a full-time academic student in an advanced 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. You will automatically be a member of the Brock University Student Union.

Financial aid is not available and the certificate programs are not eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). CCES and LCBE students are also eligible to work on- or off-campus during their studies. And students who complete both programs will receive a $2,000 Dean’s Bursary, credited towards their tuition for the second certificate.

Yes, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires a visa (permit) for any post-secondary program that is longer than six months. CCES and LCBE are each 8-month long programs, so you will need to apply for a study permit. Consider applying for Consecutive Admission, which will give you one offer letter for both programs. For either program you will also need to apply for the co-opo work permit (as part of your study permit application) because of the internships. Information will be provided with your Letter of Admission. Please visit The FOE International Programs Office – Faculty of Education (brocku.ca) or Brock International Services website for helpful information for international students, including visas.

There is an orientation at the beginning of the programs professional development opportunities designed to enchance your experience as a student and your continued growth as an educator. 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 CCES and LCBE certificates are academic (8-month) programs, they 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. If you are enrolled in a subsequent program that begins within 150 days after the completion of your first program, you can work during that gap.

Yes, you will still need to submit evvidence of English language proficiency. The requirement for this is based on your educational background, not on your residency status.


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.