Institute for Human Services Education

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The Institute is a registered private college whose mission is to deliver top quality educational programs to those persons wishing to work in the human services field in a variety of professional settings. IHSE was originally founded in 1976 and was known as Child Development Services, a joint project of the Nova Scotia Departments of Education and Community Services. In 1992, CDS incorporated as a private college under the name of the Institute for Early Childhood Education and Developmental Services. In June of 2002, the Board of Governors decided to rename the college the Institute for Human Services Education. It is felt that this name is more inclusive of our diverse programs and of the types of services we offer.

Areas of Expertise

The Institute is recognized both nationally and internationally for its certificate and diploma programs, which include Early Childhood Education Diploma, Special Education Diploma, Public School Program Assistant Certificate, and Youth Worker Diploma. In addition, the Institute offers an Atlantic Summer School for Care Givers and Educators, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition, and customized and certificate programs such as Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and First Aid.

On Campus Housing

IHSE does not own and operate on-campus housing. However, students have access to a co-ed residence operated by another educational institution located less than one kilometre from the IHSE campus. The approximate rate for a double room and meals is $5,000

Off Campus Housing

IHSE compiles an off campus housing list each spring. Please download this list from our website and print it off for reference.

Incoming Students

Educational resources and facilities include a non-credit academic support program, prior learning assessment and recognition, laboratory settings (Dr. Jane Norman Child Study Centre, Colchester Community Day Care Centre, and Colchester Early Intervention), and the Russell Resource Library.

Career Planning

The career facilitator coordinates an employment information registry that assists both students and potential employers. The IHSE Alumni Association keeps former students in touch by providing a yearly newsletter, organizing reunions, and circulating current information.


The IHSE student body has a representative council that elects a president and vice president each year. In addition, other executive positions and class representatives are selected from the student body to join the council. The purpose of the council is to promote student participation in both academic and social activities.

Information Technology

A student study and resource area is housed at the back of the library where computers, media, and Internet services are available.

Special Services

The IHSE policy for teaching students with diverse abilities helps clarify the role of everyone involved in the educational process of students with special needs. The IHSE prior learning assessment and recognition process allows students to receive credit for college level learning that has been gained outside a traditional classroom.

International Involvement

Graduates of specific diploma programs may continue their academic careers at several Canadian degree granting institutions. Students will be given various levels of advanced standing at the University of Calgary, University of Victoria, Mount Saint Vincent University, Ryerson University, and Northern College in Scotland.

Campus Tour

Open house sessions are scheduled at the Institute on 60 Lorne Street, Truro, Nova Scotia. It provides a chance to mix and mingle with staff, faculty, and students. Tours of classrooms, playschool, and library will be provided.

Modified on September 25, 2012