Educational Support
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Formerly Educational Assistant (B936)

  • Program Length:
  • Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U.
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Educational Support program is the perfect course of study for people interested in supporting children and adolescents with special needs in academic settings. Our program will prepare you to work in concert with education professionals in the classroom to maximize learning opportunities for exceptional students and their families. You will receive the knowledge and skills required to work in a multidisciplinary environment, by working alongside teachers, EAs, speech-language pathologists, physiotherapists, etc.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Highly experienced instructors who have several years of involvement in the field of special education provide instruction and professional development.
  • Placement opportunities in a variety of educational settings where you will further develop your workplace skills under the supervision of experienced professionals.
  • Use the most up-to-date assistive and augmentative technologies to assist in supporting students’ needs.
  • Learning to construct and apply knowledge on a variety of topics related to special education.
  • Opportunity to obtain relevant certificates within the program (e.g., lifting, feeding, Behaviour Management Systems Training, etc.)
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Graduates will find placement opportunities in elementary or secondary school settings, group homes and family support agencies.

FIELD PLACEMENT
Employers who provide our field placement settings require a CLEAR POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offenses with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense prior to the commencement of field placement in semester three. Information and details about applying for a police clearance will be provided to the student prior to placement.

In the event of a shortage of placements or internship sites, you may be required to perform your placement or internship duties during off-hours, which may include the use of online tutorials or a placement during evenings and/or weekends.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Students must submit proof of a satisfactory medical examination and up-to-date immunization records prior to beginning field placement in semester three. Lack of documented health records and immunizations may result in the restriction of clinical/field placement and therefore may delay and/or prevent completion of the program.
Medical Requirements Form

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Program Physical Demands Analysis: B899

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2016-2017 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
EDA100
3

Child Development and the
Exceptional Learner I
EDA102
4
Cognition, Learning and Behaviour I
EDA103
3
Foundations of Special Education
ENG107
3
College Writing
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
EDA104
4
High and Low Incident Exceptionalities

Semester 2
EDA200
3

Child Development and the
Exceptional Learner II
EDA210
3
Personal Care and Basic Pharmacology
EDA212
3
Technology to Facilitate Learning
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
EDA202
3
Cognition, Learning and Behaviour II
EDA203
4

Curriculum for the ES
(literacy and numeracy)

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 3
EDA300
3
Educational Programming Techniques I
EDA302
4
Applied Behaviour Strategies
EDA301
3
Introduction to Professional Practice
EDA312
6
Field Placement I
EDA304
1
Field Placement Seminar I
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective


Semester 4
EDA402
3
Educational Programming Techniques II
EDA405
3
Career and Employment Strategies
EDA412
12
Field Placement II
EDA401
1
Field Placement Seminar II