Program Description: The Special Education Teacher’s Assistant Program prepares the student to assist teachers in developing and implementing appropriate instructional programs and methods within the educational settings. This 38-week program provides a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge combined with practical strategies to support classroom instructional, behavioral, and social learning of students with exceptionalities.
Certifications: Special Education Teacher’s Assistant Diploma, First Aid Certificate, CPR Certificate
Program Objectives: Upon successful completion of the program, students should acquire knowledge and skills including how to:
- Adhere to professional and ethical behavior
- Integrate flexibility into daily practice
- Assist the student in performing day to day activities
- Assist the teacher with student planning and adapting instructional materials
- Develop collaborative relationships with students and other members of the education team to meet the needs and goals of the student
- Help students with behavioral difficulties to manage themselves productively
- Observe and report student behavior and progress
- Create and maintain accurate and confidential records
- Reinforce student learning in one-on-one and small group settings
- Assist students with exceptionalities to actualize their learning and participate in school activities
- Promote student inclusion and communicate effectively
- Effectively manage time and prioritize work
- Be sensitive to diversity
- Demonstrate knowledge of safety and child protection
Prerequisites: Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status. Successfully complete the admissions interview and pass an entrance test. A letter of recommendation. Criminal records check.
Program Hours: Classes are scheduled for a mandatory five hours per day, five days a week. Class time is schedule from 9:00 to 2:30 daily with additional lab time after class. It is highly recommended that students plan to spend a minimum of six hours a day at the Centre.
Career Opportunities: Upon successful completion, the graduate is prepared to be employed as an Education Assistant and work in a variety of educational settings, including: k-12 classrooms, preschools, early intervention programs or community agencies focusing on children with exceptionalities. Education Assistants work with teachers in a classroom, supporting children from kindergarten to grade twelve with varying degrees of special needs.
Materials Required: Please contact Admissions for a list of required textbooks.
Evaluation: Students will be evaluated through assignments and tests. The passing grade is 60%.
|Course #||Course Name||Hours||Course #||Course Name||Hours|
|JS-121||Strategies for Success (includes Basic Computer Aps)||25||EA-130||Supporting Students with Learning Exceptionalities||75|
|EA-100||Roles and Responsibilities of the Education Assistant||25||EA-135||Alternative and Augmentative Communication||50|
|CS-107||Word Core||50||EA-145||Effectively Managing Student Behavior||50|
|EA-105||Adolescent Behavior||50||EA-155||Autism Spectrum Disorder||50|
|EA-110||Health and Personal Care||50||EA-160||Fetal Alcohol Spectrum||25|
|EA-115||Understanding Learning Exceptionalities||75||EA-165||Language Arts||25|
|EA-120||Professional Communication in the Classroom||50||EA-170||Teaching Math||25|
|EA-125||Ethics in Human Services||50||JS-132||Employment Development Strategies||50|
Note: The order in which you take your courses may NOT be the same as listed above.
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