This course offers supervised practical experience and involvement with children in a classroom setting. Emphasis will be on integrating previously learned theory, knowledge, and skills into daily practice. Practical application of functional behaviour assessments and positive behaviour support will be addressed. Professionalism and reflective practice will also be explored.
Hours: 160 (Seminars and Tutorials: 10; Practicum Hours: 150)
Admission into the Education Assistant Program, Ministry of Justice Schedule B CRC (works with children)
- Themes: professionalism, functional behaviour assessment, positive behaviour support, reflective practice.
- Concepts: self-assessment, professional development, code of ethics, confidentiality, professionalism, protocols and policies, roles and responsibilities, professional standards, networking/team building, record keeping, legislation, abuse/neglect, professional and personal boundaries.
- Skills: think critically, think creatively, observe, record objectively, document, listen actively, synthesize information, analyze situations / experiences, communicate clearly – orally and in writing, use assessment tools, identify and remove barriers to inclusion, encourage and model inclusive practices, provide unobtrusive and respectful support, use appropriate motivation strategies, work on a team, access community resources, record and analyze student behaviour, choose and apply appropriate support strategies, recommend/access appropriate support services, advocate for social justice and self determination, identify and maintain personal and professional boundaries
OVERARCHING LEARNING OUTCOME: the intention of this course is to offer students the opportunity to work with exceptional students as part of an educational team. A student who successfully completes this course will be able to integrate his/her theoretical knowledge with practical experience in order to work effectively with students who have diverse abilities.
SPECIFIC LEARNING OUTCOMES: a student who successfully completes this course will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Establish effective relationships with children and/or adults&;;
- Use positive strategies to guide children’s behaviour
- Apply principles of functional behaviour assessment to analyze children’s behaviour
- Design and implement a behaviour intervention plan to support positive behaviour in children
- Work effectively as a team member
- Communicate in a caring, respectful, and clear manner
- Practice in an ethical and professional manner
- Accurately assess the quality of one's own performance
Grading System: Pass/Fail
Passing Grade: 60% competency required in assignments and practicum work to Pass the course.
Text Books: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.