Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

In the public school system, a movement away from segregated classrooms toward inclusive classrooms has resulted in dramatic changes in the ways students with disabilities are educated. In this framework, there is a need to provide Education Assistants with the theoretical and practical knowledge and experience that meets the individual needs of all children. An important goal of the Education Assistant Program is to provide Langara College students with opportunities to become competent and employable educators.

The Role of the Education Assistant

Successful Education Assistants have an aptitude for working with adults and with children, are patient, interested in education and in learning, consider schools to be interesting and exciting places, and enjoy working in a world of rapidly changing ideas. The Education Assistant performs a variety of paraprofessional duties in the public school system:

  • Works under the direction of teachers, administrators, or other professionals;
  • Assists in the development and implementation of individualized or group communication skills, behavioural support, learning support, life-skills development, and work experience;
  • Assists in the modification and adaptation of curriculum to meet the individual learning needs of students;
  • Attends to and provides personal assistance to students who require assistance with toileting, positioning, diapering, mobility, feeding, grooming, and dressing;
  • Transfers and assists students moving to/from wheelchairs, desks, and work areas;
  • Supervises students in a variety of community-based activities;
  • Attends and participates in school-based team meetings (and other meetings) as required by the support teachers or school administrators;
  • Participates in parent-teacher meetings where required; and
  • Performs other related work as required.

The Langara College Education Assistant Program is a eight-month (two-term) program which blends the study of theoretical principles with practical experience in the areas of learning, development, communication, curriculum, behavior, personal care, and teamwork. Opportunities to apply theoretical material occur during two four-week, full-time practicum experiences in Terms One and Two. This field work is invaluable in exposing students to the realities of the job and to potential employers.

CURRICULUM

Total Credits: 39

TERM ONE

Courses Credits
All of
EDAS 1100 Behavioral Theory
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

In this foundation course, students will investigate theories and learn principles of behaviour and behaviour support that help in understanding why children and adolescents behave as they do and how different interventions may influence behaviour. Students will learn how to determine individual differences and patterns of behaviour through functional behaviour assessment. With this understanding students will articulate an initial framework for their philosophy and approach to behaviour of typical children and children with special needs.

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EDAS 1110 The Process of Learning
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

In this foundation course, students will investigate models of learning and discover connections to effective instructional strategies for diverse learners. Students will have the opportunity to discuss observations about their own and others' learning strengths and styles.

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EDAS 1111 Practicum I
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 9.0

This practicum is either in an elementary or secondary school setting. The focus of the first practicum is integration of foundation knowledge learned in first term courses. It is also expected that students will start to learn about resources and apply support strategies as prescribed by the school.Note: It is understood that education assistants in the public school system work at the direction of teachers, administrators, and other professionals.

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EDAS 1120 The Education Assistant Role in the Education System
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 4.0

In this foundation course, students will develop an understanding of the role and responsibility of people at all levels of the school system (ministry, district, and school), and how the role of the Education Assistant fits within the context of the school and district. Students will also be required to demonstrate an understanding of what it means to act in a professional manner and to be aware of how their system of values and beliefs affect practice.

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EDAS 1130 Supporting Personal Care
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

In this practical course, students will learn the range of health and personal care supports they may encounter. They will understand their role as a member of the students' team in planning and teaching skills to support the health and physical care needs of the student.

More Information »

EDAS 1220 Supporting Teamwork
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This practical course is designed to foster effective team skills particularly relevant to the cooperative and collaborative nature of the work of Education Assistants. Students will have the opportunity to practice and improve upon the skills necessary for effective team planning.

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18 Credits

TERM TWO

Courses Credits
All of
EDAS 1140 Child and Adolescent Development in the School Context
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 4.0

In this foundation course, students will acquire an understanding of the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and moral development that occurs from infancy to adolescence. It is also essential that Education Assistant students understand the major developmental theories and how these inform educational practices both in typical children and children with special needs in the context of the classroom.

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EDAS 1200 Supporting Positive Behaviour
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 4.0

In this practical course, students will focus on positive behavioural support that enhances student participation and interaction with others. Knowledge about a variety of approaches, proactive program design, and support strategies will be central to blending theory from Term 1 to practice in Term 2. Prerequisite(s): EDAS 1100

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EDAS 1210 Supporting Learning
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 4.0

In this practical course, students will learn how they can support individual learning by applying theory learned in term one to various curriculum areas. They will become knowledgeable about curriculum implementation through a variety of related instructional strategies and adaptations or modifications. They will be prepared to offer observations about the students' learning and instructional strategies to support them in meeting their individualized goals in either the academic or life skills curriculum areas.Prerequisite(s): EDAS 1110

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EDAS 1211 Practicum II
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 9.0 | Lab: 0.0

This practicum is in either an elementary or secondary school setting, depending on the student's first experience. The focus of this second practicum is to apply and consolidate knowledge and skills learned in the program and to demonstrate skills of critical thinking and reflection to improve practice.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in EDAS 1111.Note: It is understood that education assistants in the public school system work at the direction of teachers, administrators, and other professionals.

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EDAS 1230 Supporting Student Communication
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 4.0

In this practical course, students will develop their understanding of the role in supporting the communication needs of students. They will learn how augmented and alternative modes of communication are developed and be able to develop some basic visual supports.

More Information »

EDAS 1240 Current Issues in Education
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 15.0 | Lab: 0.0

The Education Assistant, under the supervision of a teacher and within the classroom, must be able to offer one-on-one and small group support to students facing significant challenges. To address current issues in education that have a direct impact on the role of the Education Assistant in the classroom, topics may include, but are not limited to, the increased incidence of students who are labelled on the autism spectrum (ASD), the increased incidence and needs of students who have mental health challenges and the needs of students who are refugees. Content and instructional strategies will be provided in the context of "best practice observations" in schools and community support services. Field observations and recordings will assist in making critical links between coursework and practice. Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Education Assistant program.Prerequisite(s): EDAS 1100.

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One of
ENGL 1123 Introduction to Academic Writing
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

New Course as of Fall Semester 2020Students read and analyze a variety of texts in order to develop techniques of research, critical thinking, close reading, and clear writing in an academic context. Course readings, which include a selection of scholarly articles, are drawn from at least three academic disciplines. By exploring and responding to a range of topics, students develop a foundation for post-secondary writing.Students will only receive credit for one of ENGL 1123 or 1127 or 1128.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 50% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110. Previously completed LET with a minimum score of 3 can also be used as a prerequisite.

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ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1123, 1126, 1127, and 1128.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 70% in one of English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; ENGL 1120 with a minimum "C" grade; or one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110 with an "S" grade.

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ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required. Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1127, or 1128.Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of English Studies 12 or Literary Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12.

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21 Credits

Program Option Notes:

  • Each course in the program can only be taken twice.
  • Students must obtain a minimum 'C-' ('S' for practicums) in all program courses for certificate completion.
  • Be sure to check the prerequisites for the Arts and Science courses that are part of the Program.

The Part-time Education Assistant Certificate Program is designed for students who are interested in obtaining an Education Assistant Certificate, but cannot attend college on a full-time basis. The program can be completed in as few as six semesters, but students can take up to six years to complete the program. Like the full-time option, the program blends the study of theoretical principles with practical experience in the areas of learning, development, communication, curriculum, behavior, personal care, and teamwork. Opportunities to apply theoretical material occur during two four-week, full-time practicum experiences. This field work is invaluable in exposing students to the realities of the job and to potential employers.

CURRICULUM

Total Credits: 39

Courses Credits
All of
EDAS 1100 Behavioral Theory
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

In this foundation course, students will investigate theories and learn principles of behaviour and behaviour support that help in understanding why children and adolescents behave as they do and how different interventions may influence behaviour. Students will learn how to determine individual differences and patterns of behaviour through functional behaviour assessment. With this understanding students will articulate an initial framework for their philosophy and approach to behaviour of typical children and children with special needs.

More Information »

EDAS 1110 The Process of Learning
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

In this foundation course, students will investigate models of learning and discover connections to effective instructional strategies for diverse learners. Students will have the opportunity to discuss observations about their own and others' learning strengths and styles.

More Information »

EDAS 1111 Practicum I
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 9.0

This practicum is either in an elementary or secondary school setting. The focus of the first practicum is integration of foundation knowledge learned in first term courses. It is also expected that students will start to learn about resources and apply support strategies as prescribed by the school.Note: It is understood that education assistants in the public school system work at the direction of teachers, administrators, and other professionals.

More Information »

EDAS 1120 The Education Assistant Role in the Education System
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 4.0

In this foundation course, students will develop an understanding of the role and responsibility of people at all levels of the school system (ministry, district, and school), and how the role of the Education Assistant fits within the context of the school and district. Students will also be required to demonstrate an understanding of what it means to act in a professional manner and to be aware of how their system of values and beliefs affect practice.

More Information »

EDAS 1130 Supporting Personal Care
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

In this practical course, students will learn the range of health and personal care supports they may encounter. They will understand their role as a member of the students' team in planning and teaching skills to support the health and physical care needs of the student.

More Information »

EDAS 1140 Child and Adolescent Development in the School Context
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 4.0

In this foundation course, students will acquire an understanding of the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and moral development that occurs from infancy to adolescence. It is also essential that Education Assistant students understand the major developmental theories and how these inform educational practices both in typical children and children with special needs in the context of the classroom.

More Information »

EDAS 1200 Supporting Positive Behaviour
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 4.0

In this practical course, students will focus on positive behavioural support that enhances student participation and interaction with others. Knowledge about a variety of approaches, proactive program design, and support strategies will be central to blending theory from Term 1 to practice in Term 2. Prerequisite(s): EDAS 1100

More Information »

EDAS 1210 Supporting Learning
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 4.0

In this practical course, students will learn how they can support individual learning by applying theory learned in term one to various curriculum areas. They will become knowledgeable about curriculum implementation through a variety of related instructional strategies and adaptations or modifications. They will be prepared to offer observations about the students' learning and instructional strategies to support them in meeting their individualized goals in either the academic or life skills curriculum areas.Prerequisite(s): EDAS 1110

More Information »

EDAS 1211 Practicum II
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 9.0 | Lab: 0.0

This practicum is in either an elementary or secondary school setting, depending on the student's first experience. The focus of this second practicum is to apply and consolidate knowledge and skills learned in the program and to demonstrate skills of critical thinking and reflection to improve practice.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in EDAS 1111.Note: It is understood that education assistants in the public school system work at the direction of teachers, administrators, and other professionals.

More Information »

EDAS 1220 Supporting Teamwork
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This practical course is designed to foster effective team skills particularly relevant to the cooperative and collaborative nature of the work of Education Assistants. Students will have the opportunity to practice and improve upon the skills necessary for effective team planning.

More Information »

EDAS 1230 Supporting Student Communication
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 4.0

In this practical course, students will develop their understanding of the role in supporting the communication needs of students. They will learn how augmented and alternative modes of communication are developed and be able to develop some basic visual supports.

More Information »

EDAS 1240 Current Issues in Education
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 15.0 | Lab: 0.0

The Education Assistant, under the supervision of a teacher and within the classroom, must be able to offer one-on-one and small group support to students facing significant challenges. To address current issues in education that have a direct impact on the role of the Education Assistant in the classroom, topics may include, but are not limited to, the increased incidence of students who are labelled on the autism spectrum (ASD), the increased incidence and needs of students who have mental health challenges and the needs of students who are refugees. Content and instructional strategies will be provided in the context of "best practice observations" in schools and community support services. Field observations and recordings will assist in making critical links between coursework and practice. Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Education Assistant program.Prerequisite(s): EDAS 1100.

More Information »

One of
ENGL 1123 Introduction to Academic Writing
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

New Course as of Fall Semester 2020Students read and analyze a variety of texts in order to develop techniques of research, critical thinking, close reading, and clear writing in an academic context. Course readings, which include a selection of scholarly articles, are drawn from at least three academic disciplines. By exploring and responding to a range of topics, students develop a foundation for post-secondary writing.Students will only receive credit for one of ENGL 1123 or 1127 or 1128.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 50% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110. Previously completed LET with a minimum score of 3 can also be used as a prerequisite.

More Information »

ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1123, 1126, 1127, and 1128.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 70% in one of English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; ENGL 1120 with a minimum "C" grade; or one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110 with an "S" grade.

More Information »

ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required. Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1127, or 1128.Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of English Studies 12 or Literary Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12.

More Information »

39 Credits

Program Option Notes:

  • Each course in the program can only be taken twice.
  • Students must obtain a minimum "C-" ("S" for practicums) in all program courses for certificate completion.
  • Be sure to check the prerequisites for the Arts and Science courses that are part of the Program.

To receive the Diploma in Education Assistant (Co-ordinated), students must successfully complete the Certificate in Education Assistant and a minimum 30 credits including a minimum 24 credits of university-transferable courses that have science, social science, or humanities attributes, and 6 credits of any course eligible to be used towards a Langara College credential. Students must complete a total of six credits from the offerings of the English Department, including ENGL 1123, 1127, or 1128. A link to course attribute information can be found in the course description.

Unless students transfer in courses earned before they began the Education Assistant program, they must complete the 30 credits at Langara. Refer to Co-ordinated Programs information for details.

Courses Credits