DEC PROGRAMS

What kind of DEC programs does TAV offer?

TAV College offers two categories of DEC programs: Two-year (2) pre-university, and three-year (3) technical.

What are Pre-university DEC programs?

Pre-university DEC programs are unique to the Quebec higher education system and generally take two years to complete. The goal of a pre-university DEC is to prepare learners for university. The subject matter of these programs roughly corresponds to the additional year of high school (Grade 12), which is given elsewhere in Canada.

What are technical DEC programs?

Technical DEC programs are also unique to the Quebec higher education system and generally take three years to complete. The goal of a Technical DEC is to prepare learners for a career, however, obtaining this diploma also grants them the option of going to university. The subject matter of these programs combines general education with career-specific training.

What does DEC mean?

DEC derives from the French language and is an acronym for diplôme d’études collégiales; diploma of college studies (DCS) in English.

The college system in Quebec is the mid-point between high school and university and these two-to-three-year programs are unique to the Quebec education system. With a DEC, students generally will advance to university-level studies.

PRE-UNIVERSITY DEC PROGRAMS – 2 years

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Health Science

The Health Science pre-university profile prepares students to pursue university studies in a broad range of fields relating to the health or physical sciences such as exercise science, biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, neuroscience, and more.

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Pure and Applied Science

The Pure and Applied pre-university profile prepares students to pursue university studies in physics, mathematics and statistics, aerospace, electrical, mechanical, software, or civil engineering, and much more.

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Computer Science and Mathematics

Computer Science and Mathematics is a pre-university DEC program that prepares students to pursue university-level studies in computer science, actuarial science, mathematics, computer gaming, information systems, fundamental sciences, and/or engineering.

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Arts, Literature, and Communication (ALC)

The multidisciplinary program introduces students to a large array of tools, theories, and media equipment for communication. Students will learn about graphic design, the full Adobe Suite, blog writing, content creation, video production, and more!

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General Social Science

The Social Science program is intended to enable students to pursue university studies in the broad areas of social science, law, liberal arts, political science, education, administration, urban planning and geography, sociology, or psychology.

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Social Science: Commerce

The Commerce pre-university profile prepares students to pursue university studies in a wide range of commerce and/or business management-related disciplines such as accounting, marketing, administration, SME management, policy analysis, and more.

TECHNICAL DEC PROGRAMS – 3 years

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Early Childhood Education (DEC)

This program is eligible for the Quebec Perspective Scholarship.

The three-year Early Childhood Education DEC program trains students to work with, guide, and support children from 0 to 12 years old. Graduates can also take part in the management of a daycare centre.

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Special Care Counselling

This program is eligible for the Quebec Perspective Scholarship.

Specialized educators work with individuals of all ages who have a disability. The program trains and prepares students to create intervention plans in order to assist a variety of clientele. TAV has an exclusive partnership with the CSSDM, which secures good jobs for our students right out of school.

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Nursing (Coming soon)

This program will take three years for students to complete and will give them a Diploma of College Studies (DCS). Graduates will have the option of advancing to university-level studies within the nursing field or immediately entering the workforce as a Registered Nurse (RN) with a certification from the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ).

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