Educational Support (formerly Educational Assistant) Curriculum

Formerly named: Educational Assistant

Accepting Applications for September 2019

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 03, 2019
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
ED
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Tuition is unavailable at this time

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

SOCI 233
Units/ Hours: 45

Human development across the lifespan will be studied by exploring the interrelationship between biological, psychological and sociocultural influences from conception to end of life. Upon completion of the course, learners will have an understanding of individual development, in addition to the impact of lifespan development on families and communities. Learners will have the opportunity to follow an individual's development throughout the lifespan, using a variety of biopsychosocial factors.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

COMP 345
Units/ Hours: 45

Working in the Windows 7 environment, this computer course introduces the student to computer basics (computer terminology, e-mail, file management) and the application and use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software using Microsoft Office 2016. Through the extensive use of hands-on activities, students will gain sufficient knowledge and experience to make productive use of computers as a tool in the college and workplace environments.

EDUC 20
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the role distinction between teachers and educational assistants. Topics include the philosophy and structure of education, child abuse policies, classification of tasks, responsibilities, courtesies, and confidentiality. Students will develop practical skills in record keeping and the use of audiovisual materials and resources.

SOCI 36
Units/ Hours: 45

This course offers a systematic approach to exploring human behaviour. The concepts and empirical findings are examined using a variety of theoretical approaches. Major topics include perception, motivation, learning, memory, intelligence, and personality.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 2

COUN 50
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course, students will gain an understanding of behaviour analysis as a methodology to effectively identify challenging and problem behaviour in children and implement strategies to assist in changing the identified behaviour, in a variety of settings. Topics include data collection techniques, functional behaviour assessment, positive and negative reinforcement and cognitive behaviour modifications.

FLPL 63
Units/ Hours: 15

The two main goals of this course are to provide the students with an initial exposure to the field in their program speciality area and to prepare them to plan and negotiate future field practice experiences with a school or agency related to their field.

EDUC 14
Units/ Hours: 45

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.

EDUC 16
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides the opportunity for students to study the process by which children acquire language in all its forms.

MATH 10
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will introduce students to the Ontario Elementary School Curriculum for mathematics. A brief refresher will be given to create competency in the five strands of mathematics as followed by schools in the province and become fluent with the necessary vocabulary. Students will understand the use of manipulatives and learn to integrate their use into the mathematics program. Students will develop and share instructional materials and learn how to modify programming in a classroom to accommodate the needs of the exceptional child. Students will also develop competency in using a variety of assessment tools.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 3

COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

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.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 47
Units/ Hours: 196

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.

Co-Requisites
FLPL 67
Units/ Hours: 15

This course is the in-class portion of the student's first field placement.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
EDUC 19
Units/ Hours: 14

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.

COUN 51
Units/ Hours: 45

The aim of this course is to provide learners with concrete skills that will help them manage challenging behaviours in the classroom. By way of class discussions and assignments, learners will be able to increase their knowledge of theories and strategies for effective student behaviour management and to integrate theory (from previous and present courses) with practice.

EDUC 41
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide the opportunity for the student to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to effectively meet the needs of children and adults who are identified as being on the autism spectrum.

Semester 4

FLPL 54
Units/ Hours: 525

Normally, students will have completed all other courses in this program before beginning this course. They must have the written permission of the program co-ordinator to enroll in this course if they have not completed all other courses.

Pre-Requisites