Ontario College Diploma in Educational Support - Advanced Standing Curriculum
Accepting Applications for September 2021
Vocational Learning Outcomes
- Develop and implement strategies to promote and support positive school climates that contribute to a safe, caring and secure educational setting.
- Collaborate with members of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team by assisting in the development and revision of the IEP's of learners with exceptionalities
- Implement components of educational support programs of instruction under the direction and support of the IEP team and/or relevant members of the school community.
- Lead by example to promote empathetic, positive and pro-social behaviour in all learners to facilitate the development of social competence in learners with exceptionalities in accordance with their IEPs.
- Promote the development of independence in, and provide assistance to, learners with exceptionalities in their performance of routine activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) in accordance with their IEPs.
- Develop and implement strategies to support learners with exceptionalities in the appropriate use of assistive technologies and daily living aids in accordance with their IEPs.
- Monitor, document and report on the behaviour, performance and progress of learners with exceptionalities in accordance with their IEPs.
- Prepare and present a plan for engaging in ongoing personal and professional development to promote competence in the educational support field.
Courses and Descriptions
Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.
In this course, students will learn the roles and responsibilities of an Educational Support Worker as a part of the multi-disciplinary team. Topics discussed will include professionalism, confidentiality and communication as well as an overview of legislation, regulations, school board procedures and policies. In addition, students will gain an understanding of current trends and issues within the field of education.
This course will provide the opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to effectively support individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in a school setting. Neurodevelopmental Disabilities are exceptionalities that are associated primarily with the functioning of the neurological system and brain, and can produce challenges in personal, social, academic, or occupational functioning.
This course studies the educational implications that may accompany physical disabilities resulting from a variety of disorders such as neurological defects, orthopaedic conditions, birth defects, infection or disease. The student will acquire knowledge of methods, materials and equipment that will assist in meeting the pupils' special needs at school.
This course builds on a foundation of behavioural theory, paradigms, and perspectives and investigates a wide variety of approaches in managing, modelling, encouraging and supporting positive student behaviour in schools. Pro-active and re-active strategies, culturally-sensitive approaches, connections to safe and healthy school policies and procedures, and current issues in behaviour management will be addressed.
Examine Literacy, Numeracy, and other subject areas of the Ontario Curriculum, including Special Education policy and the Individual Education Plan. Investigate strategies and skills Educational Support staff use to assist students' achievement of curriculum expectations and learning goals of the IEP. Demonstrate the use of concrete materials and technology that support universal design, equity, and student success.
Two days a week, over a 15 week semester, students in the Educational Assistant Program work directly with students with special needs under the direction of the classroom teacher. Students use this opportunity to develop the skills they are acquiring concurrently in college classes.
This course will introduce students to the major areas of exceptionality as they are found in children. Knowledge and skills related to individual program planning will also be included.
This course will explore various assistive technologies and devices used within the school setting. Assistive technology (AT) refers to equipment that improves the functional capabilities of individuals with exceptionalities. Students will discuss the roles of AT and its ability to promote independent participation of learners in the learning process. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with a variety of assistive technologies, both hardware and software, and how they can be implemented in a classroom.