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Educational Support

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
1332
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2016 / 2017

About the Program

The Educational Support program will prepare graduates to work effectively with learners with exceptionalities using various educational interventions and techniques. The program will support students in reaching their potential as contributing members of an educational team working with children and youth as they experience real-life opportunities that connect theory and practice through in-class projects and community connections that make learning engaging and meaningful.

The primary role of Educational Support graduates is to provide support for learners with exceptionalities though they may also be involved in providing instructional support in a variety of learning situations.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2016 (Waitlist) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 40

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for Educational Support - Program # 1332

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $78.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2284.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4204.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for
Educational Support - Program # 1332



Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $78.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7353.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14078.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates find employment in the elementary, secondary, and, sometimes, the post-secondary education systems. Career opportunities are also available in educational programs run by government-approved facilities for care, treatment, custodial or correctional purposes, or in programs providing respite care and services for families of children and youth with special needs, home school support, English/French as a second language skills development, or life skills training.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

EDUC1550 Role of the Educational Assistant

Description: Through a lens of professional relationship building and communication, students will examine the roles and responsibilities of the Educational Assistant as a member of the multi-disciplinary educational team. Students will review and discuss how provincial legislation and school board policies, procedures and protocols relate to the responsibilities of this role. In addition, they will review and develop strategies for creating inclusive environments that contribute to safe, caring, and secure educational settings for children and youth.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

EDUC1560 Student Growth and Development

Description: This course introduces students to human development theories, covering concepts of child and youth development related to social, physical, emotional, psychosocial and communication domains. The contribution of theorists and research will be examined as it relates to practices in supporting student learning. Students will explore the concepts and theories of educational psychology that have been influential in creating supportive teaching methods and educational practices and will differentiate learning opportunities for varying developmental levels and ages of students. This course is part of the Educational Assistant program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

EDUC1570 Introduction to Exceptionalities

Description: This course will introduce students to a range of exceptionalities in educational settings associated with categories of behavioural, communicational, intellectual, physical and multiple exceptionalities. Students will review, describe and compare characteristics of the range of exceptionalities related to each of the categories and will discuss how assistive technologies and daily living aids support student learning and independence. This course is part of the Educational Assistant program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

EDUC1580 Introduction to Practice

Description: Through a combination of classroom seminar and field experience, this course will introduce students to the day-to-day activities of the practice of Educational Assistants. Building on knowledge gained in previous courses, students will be introduced to differentiated learning, the purpose and elements of IEP's, and the role of EA's in their development and implementation. Under the supervision of a designated Educational Assistant or Teacher, students will participate in supporting learning of students with exceptionalities. This course is part of the Educational Assistant program.
Hours: 145
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
COMM1305 Professional Communication

Description: With a view to developing professional communication strategies, this course will enable students to learn how to effectively communicate with teachers, administrators and parents as emerging professionals. Professional presence, including appearance, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, attitude and etiquette will be reviewed as students will develop hand-on experience through presentations, mock interviews and communication assignments. This course is part of the Educational Assistant program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

EDUC1590 Principles of Learning

Description: With a particular focus on supporting learners with exceptionalities, this course will provide students with an understanding of the principles of learning that guide educational instruction. Students will be introduced to the principles of universal design for learning and will examine how these principles correspond with various exceptionalities. Students will learn various observational techniques to monitor, document, and report on the behavior and progress of learners. In addition, students will examine differentiated learning and its role in educational settings. This course is part of the Educational Assistant program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

EDUC1600 The Exceptional Learner

Description: Building on the foundational information from Introduction to Exceptionalities, this course will focus on examining and creating strategies that support the exceptional learner. Students will deepen their understanding of learner needs under the categories of behavioural, communicational, intellectual, physical, and multiple exceptionalities. In addition, they will broaden their definition of exceptional learners to include gifted students and students for whom English is a second language, and will explore educational strategies to support their learning. This course is part of the Educational Assistant program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: EDUC1570
CoRequisites:

EDUC1610 Fundamentals of Practice

Description: Through a combination of classroom seminar and field experience, this course will strengthen students understanding of the fundamentals of practice as Educational Assistants. Working as members of educational teams, students will engage in the development and application of differentiated learning to support various exceptional learners. With guidance from team members, students will participate in, and support the implementation of IEP's.
Hours: 145
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: EDUC1580
CoRequisites:

FIT1080 Fit for Work, Fit for Life

Description: This course focuses on the theoretical and practical use of proactive and preventive behaviour to improve personal health and wellness. Students will develop strategies to improve their quality of life and reduce impediments to personal, academic, and future work success. Through lessons, collaboration, peer review, and personal reflection, students will examine concepts such as health literacy, behaviour modification, lifestyle psychology, positive psychology, stress management, addictive behaviour, and mental health. Through experiential learning, students will develop and practice strategies to improve on areas related to physical fitness, eating habits, sleep patterns, self-awareness, critical thinking and resilience. “Fit for Work, Fit for Life” will provide students a personal understanding of their role in a wide variety of personal and professional settings.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
EDUC2150 Supporting Students with Behavioural Exceptionalities

Description: This course will challenge students to create and examine strategies for supporting students with behavioural exceptionalities. They will describe and analyze learner characteristics associated with behavioural exceptionalities and explain their relationship to educational environments. Theories and disciplines related to a variety of behavioural exceptionalities will be discussed as students design, examine and evaluate preventative and non-physical interventions for supporting students with behavioural exceptionalities, including behaviour tracking templates that may be a part of data tracking assessment and treatment protocol. This course is part of the Educational Assistant program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: EDUC1600
CoRequisites:

EDUC2160 Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Description: This course will provide students with an in-depth overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder including related provincial legislation and school policy. Classification and etiology of the five major syndromes of the Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) including Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder will be explored. Characteristics and management of behaviour will be examined and explained using Applied Behaviour Analysis principles as students review, and examine evidence-based practices in the field of Autism. This course is part of the Educational Assistant program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: EDUC1600
CoRequisites:

EDUC2170 Supporting Communication through Assistive Technology

Description: This course will explore various assistive technologies that augment the functional capabilities of learners with exceptionalities to support their communication and independence. Students will discuss the roles of assistive technology and daily living aids in their ability to promote independent participation of learners in the learning process. They will develop skills in the use of a range of devices that include, but are not limited to, reading aides, listening aids, speech and augmentation aids, writing and keyboarding aids, digital media and computer access aids. This course is part of the Educational Assistant program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: EDUC1600
CoRequisites:

EDUC2180 Expansion of Practice

Description: Through a combination of classroom seminar and field experience, this course will sharpen students understanding of the practice of Educational Assistants as they expand their skills. Continuing to work as members of educational teams, students will engage in the development and application of differentiated learning to support various exceptional learners. With guidance from team members, students will integrate knowledge about learners with exceptionalities to create communication strategies that support learner independence. In addition, students will participate in BMS training to develop and implement appropriate intervention strategies in supporting learners with behavioural exceptionalities.
Hours: 145
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: EDUC1610
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
EDUC2190 Team Work and Collaboration

Description: Teamwork and collaboration are essential in creating a positive work environment in educational settings. Educational Assistants are required to work in a high paced environment that requires teamwork and collaboration. Through this course students will examine and demonstrate the principles of team work and collaboration. They will reflect on their own practices to create and evaluate techniques to resolve issues in classroom situations that are respectful and supportive of learners.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

EDUC2200 Empowering Students Through Integrated Learning

Description: With a view to facilitating learner independence in educational settings, this course will challenge students to integrate course knowledge and practice experience as they promote positive and pro-social behavior to contribute to safe and respectful learning environment for all learners. Students will review and reflect on their role as Educational Assistants in developing and implementing strategies in appropriate use of assistive technologies, daily living aids, and differential learning strategies in accordance with learning plans.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

EDUC2210 Supporting Students with Physical and Medical Exceptionalities

Description: This course will provide students with knowledge and techniques to work with children with physical and medical exceptionalities in educational settings. Students will review the various medical exceptionalities learners may present, and will demonstrate strategies for supporting them. In addition, students will demonstrate the use of safe handling, positioning and transferring techniques, including body mechanics to support learners. As a component of this course, students will be introduced to the care and use of assistive devices and mobility aids required to support learners. This course is part of the Educational Assistant program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: EDUC1600
CoRequisites:

EDUC2220 Consolidation of Practice

Description: Through a combination of classroom seminar and field experience, student will continue to strengthen their skill and practice as Educational Assistants. Through guided discussion and reflective strategies, they will integrate the knowledge accumulated through classroom experience to create an intentional professional plan for their practice. Continuing to work as members of educational teams, they will engage in the development, the application and evaluation of differentiated learning to support various exceptional learners. They will model and demonstrate exceptional communication and team skills to support the independence of learners with whom they are working.
Hours: 145
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: EDUC2180
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Program Outcomes

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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Doon Wait List
** Status applicable to domestic students

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