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EDUCATION ASSISTANT

Program Courses

Computer Fundamentals
This course is designed to provide students with the computer skills required to work in a fast-paced environment. Throughout the course, students will use a simulated program to improve proficiency with the Internet, Windows environment, and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).

Theory and Principles of Learning
The purpose of the Theory and Principles of Learning Course is to provide students with
a general understanding and awareness of the brain and various types of teaching and
learning strategies, focusing on the brain and how learning is developed. Students will
develop awareness for their own individual learning style; this will provide students with
opportunities to explore various teaching and learning strategies used in classroom
settings.

Life Span Development
Human development will be explored from birth to late childhood and from adolescence to early adulthood. You’ll be guided through a brief, but intense, theoretical examination of the concepts and principles of human development, change, and diversity. Special emphasis will be placed on childhood and adolescent development issues in relation to learning, growth, and maturation. The biological, cognitive, and socio-emotional characteristics of development will be reviewed in each stage of growth. This course will focus on assisting you to develop awareness of the characteristics of children and adolescents at their various stages of development, and acquiring the skills for maintaining health and safety in a school environment.

Supporting Students with Exceptionalities
It is vital to have a clear understanding on how to support students with exceptionalities. In this course, you will learn about behavioural, communication, intellectual, physical, and multiple exceptionalities that you may encounter as an SEA. In addition to this, you will learn about the history and philosophy of support, and associated theoretical, social, and ideological models. Emphasis will be placed on developing ethical and professional approaches to care as you gain skills to help you understand, respect, and promote the self-determination of individuals with exceptionalities.

Observation and Recording
The purpose of this course is to provide you with a general understanding of the theory of observing and recording. In a classroom setting you’ll learn about the purpose, standards, influences, and methods used. You’ll develop an awareness of ethical and professional conduct through understanding the importance of confidentiality and an individual’s right to privacy. You’ll focus on the general characteristics of each recording method and apply your knowledge through group work focusing on classroom-based case studies. There will also be an opportunity for you to apply general observation principles and recording methods outside of the classroom setting with school-aged children.

Supporting, Modifying, and Adapting Curriculum
Students will examine the philosophy, goals, and content of curriculum in elementary and secondary schools, with a focus on English language arts, social studies, mathematics and science. They will then examine the role of the SEA and describe ways to support, modify and adapt the curriculum under the supervision of the classroom teacher.

Alternative and Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology in the Classroom
The purpose of the Communication and Assistive Technology in the Classroom course is to provide SEA students with an understanding of augmentative and alternative ways to communicate focusing on defining, implementing, and enhancing communication using alternative methods used in a classroom setting that support or replace typical communication. Students will further develop their communication skills and understanding of aided and unaided communication methods through participation in the American Sign Language Fundamentals workshop. Students will focus on the general characteristics of each communication method and apply their knowledge through group work. This course will also increase student awareness of assistive technologies as used by school children with special needs. Students will discover the evolution of technology in the classroom and explore where technology is heading, and apply knowledge gained during a hands-on assistive technologies lab.

Communication and Diversity in Family Systems
The Communication and Diversity course will provide you with the opportunity to examine your own values, beliefs, attitudes, and tolerance levels in relation to your role in supporting and assisting special education students. It will focus on theoretical and practical communication strategies, such as interviewing and feedback skills, to promote
effective communication between yourself, students, and co-workers in the school environment. You will be encouraged to gain awareness of your own communication
style and the challenges that other communication styles may pose. Coursework will also cover building healthy relationships and understanding child abuse, with an emphasis being placed on inclusive education within the school environment.

Assisting Children  with English as a Second Language/English as an Additional Language (ESL/EAL)
In this course, students will the identify policy and principles behind ESL/EAL programming and will examine assessment, the roles and responsibilities that government, school boards, and school staff have in ESL/EAL programs. Students will then discover how to provide support for ESL/EAL learners, taking into consideration methodology, appropriate approaches, culture, diverse language needs, and student motivation.

Applied Behaviour Analysis
The Applied Behaviour Analysis course seeks to provide students with a conceptual
framework in which to assess, document, and respond to the behaviour of the students
they will support in educational settings. A variety of contemporary approaches such as
Lovaasian Applied Behaviour Analysis, Sensory Integration Therapy, Functional
Analysis, and Operant Learning Theory will be discussed. The students will review and
practically apply concepts such as Discrete Trial Teaching and Content/Process Task
Analysis as learning activities in the classroom setting using case studies provided by
the Ministry of Education. The focus of this course will be to move students beyond an
introductory level and to advance them in the practical area of addressing behavioural
issues.

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
In this course, students will review Autism Spectrum Disorders. They will then examine
the history of Applied Behaviour Analysis, as well as other autism treatment models
before moving into introductory application of ABA principles and skills through group
work and case studies. This course also provides students with the opportunity to
examine how ABA programs and developed, and the role that the SEA plays in
supporting ABA programming.

Applied Behaviour Analysis Part II
Students will consolidate all ABA knowledge gained during Applied Behaviour Analysis
Part II course. The main focus of this course is the application of hands-on training in
discrete trial training, incidental teaching, pivotal response training, fluency building, and
verbal behaviour. Students will also discuss dynamics of problem behaviour, and how to
overcome potential barriers in ABA programming.

Working in Canadian Schools
You’ll explore the typical roles, duties, responsibilities, and practices of Special Education Assistants within school communities. Team approaches will be considered for enhancing your understanding of the school experience. Emphasis will be placed on a variety of educational settings, programs, and relationships that Special Education Assistants typically encounter.

Personal Care
In this course, you’ll integrate the theory and practice of providing personal care for
students who may have specialized needs. This course will include personal hygiene,
oral care, assisting with bathroom routines, and proper body mechanics for lifting and
transferring.

Consolidated Practice Experience
The consolidated practice experience will provide you with the opportunity to apply your
learned theory and practical skills in a school setting. Making connections between
theory and practice is a vital aspect of learning; self-reflection and self-evaluation are important skills for continued professional growth and development. In addition to working in a school setting, you will post weekly entries in response to specific discussion topics on an online discussion forum. This online forum communication will provide an opportunity for critical reflection, thoughtful peer interaction and ongoing supervision by an assigned Stenberg College Forum Facilitator.

Career Search Strategies
In this course, students learn to network effectively, prepare targeted resumes and cover
letters, and follow up in their job search. Students will also be provided with a
personalized critique of their resume, cover letter, and online profiles and are given the
opportunity to practice and perfect interview skills.

Additional Certification

The program also includes essential industry-related training and certification in:

CPR-HCP-AED
You’ll receive Red Cross First Aid Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Health Care Provider (HCP) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED). This industry standard certification is valid for three years.

Managing Hostile Interactions
Hostile incidents are clearly on the increase in society today and more people find themselves presented with personally hurtful, intimidating hostile behaviour. Dealing effectively with hostile individuals takes energy and the careful application of a specific range of skills. In this certificate course, students will learn to manage themselves, defuse the person, and then address the problem.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behaviour Analysis Course Certificates of Participation
HR Departments from multiple school boards have confirmed that applicants with Autism
Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behaviour Analysis Training and certification are favored
for hiring. Furthermore, eligibility for internal postings will often rely on this training and
certification.

Assistive Technology Certificate of Course Participation
Students will complete 25 hours of training in assistive technology. During this training,
students will be given an overview of assistive technology, and examine how assistive
technology can be effectively implemented in the classroom. Students will also have the
opportunity to use various types of technology that support participation, communication
and learning in school environments during a hands-on lab.

Personal & Professional Development Skills Certificate
Responding carefully to the needs of today’s employers, a series of Personal and Professional Development Workshops have been integrated throughout the program to develop critical thinking and soft skills. Workshops include Giving and Receiving Feedback, Conflict Resolutions, Active Listening, Providing Quality Service and Building Rapport, Leadership, and Employability Skills.

American Sign Language (ASL) Fundamentals
This twelve-hour workshop introduces American Sign Language and the Deaf or Hard of Hearing community and provides you with the historical perspectives and evaluation of
both. You’ll learn how to fingerspell the alphabet, perfect the signing of your name and
progress in your signing skills through dialogue practice and performance. To receive
the certificate for this training, there is testing to confirm basic receptive skills, signing
skills, knowledge of ASL and the Deaf or Hard of Hearing community.

Sensory Awareness
This workshop provides basic awareness on sensory issues and dysfunction. Practical
strategies will be explored and students will generate unique strategies in supporting
individuals with sensory needs.