Educational Support (Intensive) - 997

Ontario College Diploma
Online
Make a difference providing support as an educational assistant to exceptional students dealing with physical, emotional or behavioural challenges.
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Overview
 Program Length:

Full-time: 3 semesters

Part-time: ~ 4 semesters

Delivery: Part-time or Full-time, online
Cost: ~ $400-$550 per course + textbooks
Intakes: Fall (September), Winter (January), Spring (May)
Application Process: Application must be submitted, with your official transcript, through the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) www.ontariocolleges.ca. Visit the Admission & Registration tab for more information.

This online learning program has been designed to meet the needs of those who wish to pursue a career as an Educational Support/Assistant or are already working in the field and need to upgrade their qualifications.

The provincially-approved curriculum has been designed to develop the aptitudes, knowledge and skills EAs need to work with, and support children and youth with special needs during their educational experience. Through a carefully designed program of studies that combines theory and hands-on practice in school-based field placements, candidates prepare to work with teachers, and other professionals in meeting a wide-range of exceptional student needs.

The program is equivalent to the two year, full-time Educational Support Diploma program offered at Mohawk and other community colleges. The online format enables you to learn at your own pace and continue current full-time employment.

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What You'll Learn

  • Develop skills to work with and support students with exceptionalities across a variety of settings.
  • Assist students with academics, behaviour, life skills and personal care in a school or alternative setting.
  • Use technology and implement strategies to maximize student learning and success.
  • With a high demand for Education Support graduates in all area school boards, many students are hired upon graduation.
Program Contact
Continuing Education Community Services & Support
  • Allied University degree or college diploma in Health Sciences or Human Services (70% guideline) with at least one course in developmental or abnormal psychology.
  • Attendance at program orientation is strongly recommended.
  • iPads are required to be used in this program.
  • Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment.
  • Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted to Ontario Colleges.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

How to Apply:

Application must be submitted, with your official transcript, through the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) www.ontariocolleges.ca.

Questions?

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Course Overview & Descriptions

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Community and Urban Studies.

Textbooks: For information on the textbooks needed for the upcoming term please visit our Textbook Search site.

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Mandatory Courses

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Course Description
EDUC10094 Technology and Adaptive Devices in Education

Demonstrate technology skills for the Educational Support student's own use and for the effective assistance of students with their technology literacy. Explain the use of software and apps that support the Ontario curriculum. Investigate assistive and adaptive devices, both hardware and software, that will provide the Educational Assistant with valuable skills when working with students. 42 hours.

 

Equivalent to EDUC 10140 - Assistive Technology Introduction.

EDUC10116 Inclusion & Diversity Examine opportunities and challenges presented to the Educational Assistant in diverse settings. Develop a sensitivity and awareness of strategies to support inclusiveness and equity in the classroom for all students, especially those from marginalized groups. 42 hours.
EDUCEDE14 Foundations of Education Foundations of Education will review the historical development, legislation, ethical practices, access to services, the special education team, and the EA role. Curriculum documents, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the AODA , workplace Safety and other legislation will be discussed. Students will develop awareness of the rights, responsibility and supports for working with exceptional students across a variety of settings. 42 hours.
EDUCEDE17 Personal & Interpersonal Dynamics Define interpersonal communication and describe barriers to effective interpersonal communication. Complete a variety of personality inventories and discuss ways to improve your own interpersonal communication competence. Evaluate self-care techniques. Identify listening styles, conflict management styles and the skills needed to manage conflict. 42 hours.
MATH10065 Math in an Educational Setting Review the five strands of Mathematics; Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, Data Management and Probability. Review previously learned concepts from grades 2–10 using the Math program IXL Math. Create visual representations of math concepts and problems to assist exceptional learners. Explore a range of hands-on and virtual manipulatives. 42 hours.
SAFE10004 Safety in an Educational Setting Students will develop strategies to manage personal safety concerns and safety issues for students. Relevant to the EA role, students will review Safety legislation, receive training on WHMIS, AODA, safe physical care, lifts, physical restraint, medication, and special conditions (e.g. allergies, mental health). This course must be completed prior to registering for a placement. 42 hours.

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Course Description
EDUC10040 Total Communication Part 1 Understanding the concepts of Total Communication and its use within Special Needs and/or classroom setting will help support the role of the Educational Assistant and the Assistant's needs for recognition of the barriers of hearing loss and how this can affect the learner. Total communication will focus on many combined elements including visual communication, hearing loss, body language interpretation, non-verbal communication and assistive devices. 42 hours.
EDUC10098 Physical Multiple and Communication Exceptionalities This course develops awareness and insight into a variety of special needs including, Physical, Multiple and Communication Exceptionalities. Students will review current legislation, research and initiatives developed in response to academic and developmental challenges requiring specialized programming and the support of an Educational Assistant. Awareness of strategies and competence in implementing effective use of technology, especially Ipads, for a variety of needs will be reviewed and evaluated. 42 hours.
EDUC10099 Placement 1

Experience the role of an Educational Assistant and implement strategies to support learners. Demonstrate professionalism, ethical behaviour, positive attitudes and team-work in the school setting. 132 hours.

 

Equivalent to EDUC 10085 - Placement 1.

EDUCEDE22 Behaviour and Mental Health Exceptionalities "Behaviour and Mental Health Challenges" will focus on the role of the Educational Assistant in managing behaviour and supporting those with behaviour and mental health challenges. Through the identification and awareness of symptoms, strategies and interventions, students will become familiar with available resources and supports in both the school and community. The development of a continuum of strategies in response to escalating behaviours and evaluating implementation through concrete data collection will prepare students to effectively manage behaviour and support mental health challenges. 42 hours.

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Course Description
EDUC10001 Autism Spectrum Disorder - Assisting Student Development Examine the Autism Spectrum Disorder to acquire the tools needed to work effectively with students diagnosed with this complex condition. Develop effective strategies and supports for those on the Autism spectrum by exploring evidence-based research. Demonstrate the Educational Assistant role in supporting students on the Autism spectrum with a strong emphasis on communication, social skills, behavioral challenges, family, sensory, and educational issues. 42 hours.
EDUC10037 Transition Planning Transition Planning will develop the skills and awareness of supports available to assist the exceptional learner with transitions throughout school, and ultimately to adulthood. Learning will focus on maximizing the exceptional learners potential and autonomy through developing basic life skills, vocational training and job readiness. As an EA or job coach, ES students will collaborate to support the transition to successful living; including vocational, residential, social and recreational opportunities. Portfolio development and job search skills for the EA and for the exceptional learner, will also be a major component of the course. 42 hours.
EDUC10041 Total Communication Part 2 Understanding the concepts of Total Communication and its use within Special Needs and/or classroom setting will help support the role of the Educational Assistant and the Assistant's needs for recognition of the barriers of hearing loss and how this can affect the learner. Total communication will focus on many combined elements including visual communication, hearing loss, body language interpretation, non-verbal communication and assistive devices. 42 hours.
EDUC10086 Placement 2 Apply theory to practice to support exceptional learners in a variety of settings. 132 hours.
EDUC10097 Learning Strategies in the Classroom

Investigate how we learn and remember information. Explore problem-solving models and strategies Identify and assess learning preferences and gain experience in adapting curriculum-based activities to meet the needs of a variety of learners. Investigate how we learn and remember information. Explore problem-solving models and strategies Identify and assess learning preferences and gain experience in adapting curriculum-based activities to meet the needs of a variety of learners. 56 hours.

 

Equivalent to EDUC 10139 - Learning Strategies Introduction.

Getting Started

 

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Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

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Field Placement

Mohawk College Educational Support - Intensive students transfer theory from related college courses into practice while on field placement. Benefits of Mohawk ES placements are reciprocal; as our students actively participate and contribute at the placement site by supporting diverse learners, they are also developing the skills related to the EA role. Committed members of your school team have the opportunity to share professional experiences, insight, and feedback which shape future educator attitudes and promote best practices in the field.

While on placement, Mohawk ES students are encouraged to expand into a professional network, seek learning opportunities, to be accountable for their experience, and to acquire and demonstrate the necessary skills to participate in a school environment.

 

Field Placement Requirements:

Field placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending field placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to field placements within or outside the Hamilton region

Police Clearance

All costs associated with obtaining the police clearance are the responsibility of the student. The placement agency, school and/or school board are responsible for verifying that the police clearance is valid.

Please note: Registered students who have been convicted of an offense under the Criminal Code of Conduct for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity for placement.

Compliance to Procedure and Policies

Students must be in compliance of Mohawk's placement policies, rules, and procedures which includes, but is not limited to: confidentiality, WSIB procedures, liability release, student conduct, and placement selection. 

 

Field Placement Specialist:

A unique feature of the Educational Support programs at Mohawk College is the role of the Field Placement Specialist (FPS). The FPS is available to the student throughout their placements and works with the placement sites to secure assignments based on specific goals, skill set, preferences, and restrictions. The FPS provides the necessary resources, information, supervision, and guidance to support highly successful field placements.

At times, the FPS will visit the placement site to meet with the student and their direct supervisor. For further information on field placements related to this program, please contact cecommunity [at] mohawkcollege.ca.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Opportunities

Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies:

 

Future Career Options:

  • Educational Assistant
  • Learning Facilitator

 

Work Environments:

  • School Boards
  • Private Schools
  • Community Facilities offering Special Education
  • College and Postsecondary Programs

 

Additional Information

Minimum iPad Requirements:

iPads are required to be used in this program.

Educational Support iPad Program

An iPad purchase is required for this program. Access to an iPad and program related software allows students to work on accessibility and communication tools and educational applications. This reflects a trend in the industry and dovetails with Mohawk's emphasis on anytime/anywhere blended learning.

If you already own an Apple iPad which meets our minimum standard of running the required software, a new purchase will not be required.

We currently have a partnership agreement with Apple Canada and are pleased to provide you with access to Mohawk's Online Apple Store, where you will receive educational discounts. Please note that these specifications may be subject to change based on Apple's release of new hardware.

We have provided the minimum requirement information for your iPad at our online store.

To Access Mohawk's Custom Online Store:
Log into your MyMohawk account with your MohawkID and password. Click on the Technology Solutions tab and navigate down the left hand side to the Computer Store.

 

Minimum iPad Specifications:

The minimum configuration recommendation is the iPad second generation or newer, iPad Air, iPad Mini or iPad Mini with retina display - as shown in recommended systems. It includes the following specifications:

  • Wi-Fi 16 GB Capacity
  • Approximate Cost - $319 (+ tax or above)

Mohawk College makes every effort to keep all our educational costs to a minimum, these costs are subject to change. Additional costs may apply.