Education Assistant and Community Support Worker - Certificate
Do you want a rewarding and challenging career and have a strong desire to support others? As an education assistant & community support worker, you will work with children and adults living with disabilities, their families, teachers and other support professionals.
Consider this program if you are:
- Caring and empathetic
- Genuinely interested in working with people
- Comfortable advocating for others
- Flexible and able to adapt to diversity
- A good communicator
Prepare for Leadership
- Get ready for work as an educational assistant, community support worker or job coach.
- Be prepared for lifelong learning and continued post-secondary education.
- Foster your commitment to personal and professional wellness.
- Develop your working knowledge of the importance of community partnerships.
Develop skills in:
- Knowledge (head)
- Solid value base (heart)
- Professional skills practice (hands)
Assist others with:
- Life skills
- Supported employment
Your Education Assistant & Community Support Worker Program Certificate serves as your prerequisite for entry into the following Human Services Diploma Specialty for a total of two years of study at Selkirk College:
The Social Service Worker Human Services Diploma Specialty can be taken by Education Assistant & Community Support Worker Program graduates, but additional bridging courses are required. This program also transfers to related universities.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate professionalism in practice consistent with the code of ethics and standards of practice of their respective disciplines
- Use effective interpersonal skills, including active listening, collaboration, self-awareness and conflict resolution within multi-faceted roles and contexts
- Understand and respect cultural differences and multiple ways of knowing
- Practice from an ethic of inclusivity
- Establish and maintain wellness strategies to assure work/life balance both personally and professionally
- Engage in critical thinking, problem-solving and reflective practice
Official transcripts from high school or post-secondary institutions (mailed directly from the Ministry of Education and educational institutions) showing the following:
- High school graduation or equivalent (mature students are welcome to apply)
- English Studies 12 or equivalent with a minimum of 60% or higher, or a minimum Language Proficiency Index (LPI) score of level 4
- Two completed personal reference forms
- 30-hour work experience form completed by a supervisor who has observed the applicant in a volunteer or paid work situation is required
- Proof of a negative tuberculosis test or of a clear chest X-ray that is less than 6 months old for those who have been requested to have this from our community partners
- A current criminal record check from the Ministry of Justice must be completed within 90 days of program start date. Some types of criminal records may limit or prohibit acceptance in field placement; acceptance into field placement is a requirement for program promotion.
- Current resumé
- Personal statement of interest (250 words)
An orientation session is required and will be arranged by the program designate.
Students applying to the diploma program immediately following completion of a Human Services certificate program, may request that the contents of their file be transferred.
In order to receive your credential in your program, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 and a minimum of 60% or better in all semester courses.
EACS155 - Foundations Of Practice
EACS 155 Foundations of Practice introduces students to the theory and philosophical perspectives necessary for working with individuals who are challenged by a disabling condition. Values regarding service delivery are explored through an historical review of the disability movement and an examination of new initiatives and trends. This course also examines the role of unions, advocacy and policy and procedures in support services and introduces students to professionals from various professional infrastructure sectors including licensing and ministry personnel. Through personal reflection and research, the roots of person centered support will be explored and students will develop their own personal and professional philosophy of support work.
EACS156 - Support Strategies
EACS 156 Support Strategies focuses on support strategies used with individuals who have disabilities. The analysis and understanding of behaviour as a means of communication is explored. Strategies are learned and practiced in context to support individuals with the development of pro-social skills, life, vocational, and academic skills. An awareness of issues related to healthy sexuality and the ethics of touch are explored. Emphasis is placed on the ethics of support work and effective implementation of strategies to support individuals with disabilities to be as independent as possible.
EACS160 - Classroom Support Strategies
EACS 160 Classroom Support Strategies I focuses on the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for paraprofessionals to perform their roles and responsibilities as members of a multidisciplinary team to integrate all children into inclusive school settings.
EACS170 - Augmentative Communication
EACS 170 Augmentative Communication explores the alternative forms of communications for people with little or no speech. Non-speech communication programming is examined through review of normal and disordered language and the strengths and weaknesses of various augmentative communication systems. Communication systems studied include sign language and other manual systems, pictogram/ideogram communication and electronic systems.
ENGL110 - College Composition
ENGL 110 College Composition is about thinking and writing. You will learn how to develop and express informed opinions on issues that matter. You will also learn about research, editing, and expository and persuasive academic writing forms.
HSER174 - Interpersonal Communications
HSER 174 Interpersonal Communications provides the student with an opportunity to examine personal goals, values and attitudes; develop and practice listening and responding skills, and become more aware of personal strengths and limitations. This course is designed to help students gain self-understanding in order to be more effective in working with people.
PSYC100 - Introductory Psychology I
PSYC 100 Introductory Psychology I is an introduction to the methods, theory and practice of psychology as a science. Among others, topics will include motivation and emotion, learning and memory, biological foundations, sensation and perception. Other topics are added at the discretion of the individual instructor. Class demonstrations and activities are used to illustrate concepts. Teaching methods and resources in the course vary with the instructor.
EACS157 - Challenging Conditions
EACS 157 Challenging Conditions introduces students to the impact of specific challenging conditions on the individual, the family and the service providers' practice. Four foundational questions are addressed for each topic:
a. What is it?
b. What can it look like (describing a continuum)
c. What can we do with what we know? (basic skills)
d. Where can we find out more (critical thinking about resources)
EACS161 - Person-Centred Planning
EACS 161 Person-Centered Planning focuses on the need for planning, advantages and disadvantages of planning and the key elements of the planning process. The course examines how to identify and obtain information relevant to planning, formulation of long and short-term objectives, prioritization of objectives, and translation of objectives into action. Emphasis is placed on viewing, planning as a dynamic process, and analysis of human interaction as part of the planning process. Models for structuring positive interaction of all planning team members are reviewed.
EACS165 - Health and Wellness
EACS 165 Health and Wellness is designed to introduce the essential concepts of health and wellness with emphasis on six dimensions of wellness including: emotional, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, social and physical. Students will examine health and wellness from two perspectives. The first includes the examination of wellness in the students' lives with emphasis on developing strategies to increase resiliency and well being in the work place. The second dimension will focus on ways in which the wellness of others can be enhanced in a respectful, person-centred way that values personal choice and preferences. The course will emphasize the importance of lifestyle changes being self-directed and on understanding ways in which we can support change in others and ourselves. Lecture, interactive exercises and group discussions will be used to explore a variety of topics including: stress management, diet and nutrition, ageing, intimacy and relationships, immunity, safety, lifestyle, developing relationships and quality of life. The importance of professional accountability and authenticity in supporting the wellness of others will be emphasized.
EACS195 - Practicum I
EACS 195 Practicum I provides students with an opportunity to work and observe in an educational or community living setting under the direction of college instructors and on-site staff. The focus of this practicum is to provide students with an opportunity to interact with children or adults with challenging conditions, to develop objective documentation skills and to observe the techniques and procedures used by on-site staff. This is a 17-day practicum beginning with two preparation days. A seminar, CCSW 179, will allow students time for integration of their work experience and peer support.
FAM180 - Family Dynamics
FAM 180 Family Dynamics is designed to provide students with a variety of theoretical perspectives to understanding families. It considers the diversity of families through the lenses of the life course perspective and political policies. Family formation, parenting, separation and divorce and aging are all examined. Family issues are also considered, including marriage and death rituals, work and poverty, same sex relationships, disabilities and immigrants. Policies that affect families are explored through an examination of violence in the family and political trends. The course is intended to be a foundation for further study of families.
PSYC101 - Introductory Psychology II
PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology II covers topics include thinking and other cognitive processes, development of the individual, personality, mental disorders, health and social psychology. Other topics are added at the discretion of the instructor. Class demonstrations and activities are used to illustrate concepts. Teaching methods and resources in the course vary with the instructor.
EACS196 - Practicum II
EACSW 196 Practicum II is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their abilities in field settings. It provides students with opportunities to learn experientially and to apply concepts from the classroom.
Practicum offers students opportunities to self-evaluate and receive feedback about their knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes in the field of Education Assistant and Community Support Worker.
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