Educational Assistant - Courses
- You may start the Educational Assistant program online.
- You may take the program on the Vermilion campus.
- You can complete the program part-time in Sherwood Park.
- You may use blended learning in any combination of face-to-face and online learning to complete all the required courses.
- Please note: course fees are $424.20 per course with exception of elective ASL101 which is $640.40. Practicum fees are $298.20 per practicum.
|This communications course focuses on effective writing. Students develop skills in resume and cover letters, research papers using APA format, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, emails and anecdotal reporting.|
|HS||114||Human Development I||3|
|Provides understanding of developing child from birth to five years. Trace changes that occur physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually during this period.|
|HS||115||Exploring Exceptionalities I||3|
|Provides introduction to children with exceptionalities by examining categories and characteristics of diversity. Explore issues pertinent to children and youth with exceptionalities and their families.|
|HS||155||Positive Behaviour Supports||3|
|The course includes an examination of attitudes, values, and skills within a holistic approach to support social and emotional development in terms of positive behaviours. Opportunities for examining the dynamics of behaviour are provided. This course also discusses various strategies to support the development of social and emotional skills and prosocial behaviour. Prerequisites: None.|
|HS||214||Human Development II||3|
|Understand changes, physical, cognitive, social and personality, that take place from middle childhood through adulthood. Examine theoretical perspectives of human development through comparison of various assumptions and principles about growth and behaviour. Prerequisite: HS 114.|
|HS||225||Exploring Exceptionalities II||3|
|Explore strategies to enable individuals with exceptionalities to succeed in inclusive and other settings. Examine exceptionalities as well as assessment, planning and resources. Prerequisite: HS115.|
|This course examines brain development and sensory processing as it relates to planning activities for children. Special emphasis is placed on sensory processing disorder. This course explores strategies in relation to designing and adapting environments to meet the needs of children.|
|TA||121||Educational Assistant Practicum I||5|
|This course is the first practicum for Educational Assistant students. Students gain experience as educational assistants in classroom settings. This practicum is a four-week block placement. P/F. Prerequisite: none. Co-requisite: Students must have completed or be in the process of successfully completing 5 courses including TA 140 with an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater.|
|TA||122||Educational Assistant Practicum II||5|
This course is the second practicum for Educational Assistant students. Students gain experience as educational assistants meeting needs of individual students and groups of students where possible. This practicum is a four-week block placement. P/F.
Prerequisite: TA 121. Co-requisite: Successful completion of 8 courses including HS 230 and TA 141 with an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater.
|TA||140||Educational Assistant Professionalism||3|
|Focus on developing skills and attitudes necessary for a teacher assistant to work as an effective and professional team member in a school setting. Discuss roles and responsibilities, conflict resolution and legal and ethical issues.|
|This course examines the theories, key concepts, approaches and instructional strategies related to the teaching of language arts and mathematics. Emphasis is placed on adapting strategies, materials, activities used to support children needing assistance learning math, how to read and write. Prerequisites: None.|
- Practicum agencies may require a criminal record check.
- A Child Intervention Record System (CIRS) check may also be required.
|Electives (Choose one)||CREDITS|
|ASL||101||American Sign Language Level 1 Part A*||3|
|Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), its culture, and the community of Deaf persons who use this language. Learn how to have basic conversations, as well as use appropriate behaviours with the Deaf culture.|
|This course is an overview of the significance of play in the development of the child. It includes nature and development of play in the environment and explores how early childhood educators co-construct meaningful play experiences with the child and their family. Special consideration is given to designing responsive environments and focusing on children's natural disposition to learn in both indoor and outdoor play spaces. Prerequisite: none. Co-requisite: none.|
|HS||183||Personal Assistance Awareness||3|
|This course provides the human services worker with an introduction to personal assistance procedures. Students are exposed to various medical procedures and personal care skills that may be used to support children, youth and adults with disabilities across a variety of settings.|
|HS||236||Assessment & Intervention||3|
|This course is designed to combine knowledge related to intervention and case management procedures in human services. Students are provided with a variety of intervention strategies. students develop their skills related to case management for children, youth and families who face adversity.|
|YC||218||Animal Assisted Interventions||3|
|Animal Assisted Interventions is a unique and growing field in working with children, youth and families. This course explores why animals are currently being recognized as effective people helpers. An overview of the different ways animals have been helping people throughout history is provided with an in depth look at their role in assisting people in need. Students should take this course to gain a better understanding of the human-animal bond and the benefits animals can provide to people in need. Prerequisite: Background or current study in a Human Services profession.|
- You only need to chose one elective.
- If you have completed HS242 do not select an elective as this course meets requirements to complete the Educational Assistant Certificate.