Education Assistant and Community Support

Education Assistant and Community Support

Courses

Course offerings vary from year to year. Check Generate a Timetable for available course offerings.

EACS 110  (3)  Foundations for Practice

An introduction to working in school and community settings supporting individuals with disabilities of all ages. Values, attitudes, historical/contemporary issues and trends, ethics and ethical decision making, and professional practice will be explored. Additionally, human rights, full citizenship, quality of life theory and person centered planning will be examined. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

EACS 130  (3)  Teaching and Learning Strategies

A study of strategies that support teaching and learning for people living with challenging conditions. Topics include learning styles and preferences; strategies for individual learning in academic and life skills areas; and policies, procedures, and strategies for supporting challenging behaviour across the lifespan in all settings where supports are provided. EACS 130 was formerly called SCSW 130; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

EACS 140  (3)  Understanding and Supporting Behaviour Across the Lifespan

An exploration for understanding and working with behaviour as communication. Topics include understanding behaviour as communication, developing techniques and skills that support working with challenging behaviour effectively, creating emotionally safe, respectful relationships and environments which foster self-esteem across the lifespan, and supporting independence of people with disabilities. EACS 140 was formerly called SCSW 140; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

EACS 150  (3)  Health and Wellness

An introduction to the basic concepts of health and wellness for supporting people with disabilities across the lifespan as well as strategies for support workers' health and wellness. Topics include nutrition, hygiene, medication dispensing, seizures, allergies, diabetes, exposure to physical care supports, and developing strategies for maintaining own wellness. EACS 150 was formerly called SCSW 150; credit will not be granted for both courses. (1.5:0:1.5)

Prerequisite: None.

EACS 160  (3)  Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology

An introduction to technology and alternative communication systems across the lifespan. Topics include exposure to current technology supporting learning, exposure to technology supporting daily living skills, introduction to communication systems, and knowledge of local resources that support technology and people living with challenges. EACS 160 was formerly called SCSW 160; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

EACS 170  (3)  Challenging Conditions

An overview of a wide variety of challenging conditions encountered while engaged in community and school support work. Topics will include etiology of disabilities and current intervention and supports; challenging conditions of environments; personal experiences of living with different disabling conditions; inquiry techniques; and understanding community resources. EACS 170 was formerly called SCSW 170; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

EACS 180  (3)  Practicum: School-Based

This practicum offers the opportunity to integrate theory and skills in a supervised practice experience in a school setting (K-12). This practicum experience is a total of 105 hours. EACS 180 was formerly called SCSW 180; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:0:0 —105)

Prerequisite: Admission to EACS and min. 12 credits of EACS courses, including EACS 130.

EACS 190  (3)  Practicum: Community-Based

This practicum offers an opportunity to integrate and apply theory and skills in supervised community living practice experience. This practicum experience is a total of 105 hours. EACS 190 was formerly called SCSW 190; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:0:0 —105)

Prerequisite: Admission to program and min. 9 credits of EACS courses (may be taken concurrently).

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