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EDAS 141A - Education Assistant Foundations
Course Details

Course Code: 

Credits:  3

Calendar Description:
This introductory course will focus on the roles and responsibilities of an education assistant, stressing that the assistant should be a member of the collaborative team in the classroom. An overview of basic principles and responsibilities will be provided.

Date First Offered:  2010-09-01

  • Total Hours: 45
  • Lecture Hours: 45
Total Weeks:  15

This course is offered online:  No

  • HDEC 100 Essential Skills for Human Services (may be taken concurrently)
Non-Course Pre-Requisites:  None

Co-Requisites:  None

Rearticulation Submission:  No

Course Content:
  • Inclusion
  • Teaching and learning
  • The EA – characteristics, roles and responsibilities
  • Special education philosophies
  • Learning styles
  • Multiple intelligences
  • Instructional methods and materials
  • Learning and the brain
  • Effects of exceptionalities on learning
  • School based teams
  • Elements of effective communication
  • Elements on effective teams
  • Individualized education plans
  • Role of the EA
  • Characteristics of the EA
  • Special education service provision
  • Philosophy of inclusion
  • Children’s rights
  • Parent’s rights
  • Least restrictive practices
  • Categories of special needs
  • Concept of health and wellness
  • Health and safety policies
  • Concept of healthy and safe environment
  • Nutrition
  • Child abuse
  • Indicators of abuse and neglect
  • Family diversity and issues
  • Personal philosophy
  • Importance of professional development
Learning Outcomes:

Overarching Learning Outcome:

The intention of this course is to prepare students to work with exceptional students as part of an educational team. A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
  • Use his/her personal understanding of teaching and learning to work effectively with exceptional students
  • Apply his/her understanding of special education philosophies and principles to work with exceptional students
Specific Learning Outcomes:
A student who successfully completes this course will have reliably demonstrated the ability t:
  • Assist in the development and implementation of Individualized education plans
  • Assist students to meet their personal learning needs
  • Assist in the preparation, adaptation/modification and implementation of learning activities and resources
  • Assist students to be included
  • Advocate for student inclusion
  • Assist in development of inclusive environments
  • Assist in the development and implementation of strategies for the maintenance of student health and well-being
  • Contribute to the development of the student’s social and emotional well-being
  • Support students to develop positive and healthy relationships at school
  • Support the health and safety of the student by contributing to the provision of a safe and healthy environment
  • Respond to harmful and at-risk situations
  • Collect data and maintain records
  • Identify and communicate pertinent information to the educational team
  • Contribute to team goals and tasks
  • Collaborate with team members to support and achieve goals
  • Assess personal needs in relation to responsibilities
  • Apply personal learning and development to practice
  • Observe
  • Record objectively
  • Document
  • Plan lessons
  • Deliver lessons
  • Use various assessment tools
  • Use clear and objective language
  • Access resources
  • Monitor student progress
  • Use descriptive praise
  • Acknowledge and celebrate student success
  • Provide appropriate assistance
  • Identify student preferences, interests & needs
  • Honour diversity
  • Treat others with respect
  • Understand other cultures
  • Communicate clearly – oral & written
  • Know community contacts/supports
  • Model appropriate behaviour & language
  • Build relationships
  • Identify abuse and neglect
  • Model healthy habits
  • Implement safety precautions
  • First aid skills
  • Implement policies/safe practices
  • Recognize unsafe situations & practices
  • Reporting procedures
  • Active listening skills
  • Think creatively
  • Think critically
  • Analyze student learning needs
  • Apply appropriate learning strategies
  • Use appropriate motivation techniques
  • Analyze situations
  • Follow directions
  • Ask for clarification
  • Use self assessment skills
  • Identify own learning
Grading System:  Letters

Passing Grade:  C (60%)

Grading Weight:
  • Assignments: 90 %
  • Participation: 10 %
Number of Assignments:  5

Nature of Participation:  Discussion

Writing Assignments:
  • Assignments include an interview with a practising education assistant
  • A philosophy paper
  • Writing and teaching a lesson plan
  • Creating an education assistant handbook
  • Visual summary.
Percentage of Individual Work:  90

Percentage of Group Work:  10

Course Offered in Other Programs:  Yes

Other Programs:
  • Education Assistant Diploma
Text Books:
  • Required - BC Ministry of Education, 2001, Individual Education Planning for Students with Special Needs: A Resource Guide to Support Teachers (Victoria, BC). Chapters Covered: All
  • Required - BCTF/CUPE, 2001, Roles and Responsibilities of Teachers and Teacher Assistants (Victoria, BC). Chapters Covered: All
  • Required - BC Ministry of Education, 2006, Special Education Services: A Manual of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines (Victoria, BC). Chapters Covered: Selected
  • Required - BC Ministry of Education, 2001, Teaching Students with Learning and Behaviour Differences (Victoria, BC). Chapters Covered: All
  • Required - BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, 2007, The BC Handbook for Action on Child Abuse and Neglect (Victoria, BC). Chapters Covered: All
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