Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Education Assistant and Community Support Program

The Faculty of Education and Social Work at TRU offers an eight-month Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate. This program prepares students to provide support and service to children or adults with exceptionalities. Graduates are able to assist individuals with special needs to learn educational, social, vocational, recreational and personal life skills. This program accepts a maximum of 24 students per intake.

Graduates will find employment with agencies that provide support/service to children and/or adults with exceptionalities. Graduates will assist these individuals to learn educational, social, vocational, recreational and personal life skills. Opportunities exist for jobs such as an education assistant, group home worker, life skills coach, respite care worker, and private contract work.

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Intake Date

The EACS program in Williams Lake offers one intake every other year, beginning in September. The next intake will take place in September 2017.

Admission Requirements

Educational Requirements

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or Mature Student Status
  • English 12/English 12 First Peoples 73% (B)

General Requirements

  • Citizenship: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have Landed Immigrant Status
  • Age: Applicants to the Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate program must be 18 years old as of December 31 of their fall semester in order to meet the expectations of a criminal record check for practicum placement
  • Two letters of reference
  • Immunization Record

Other Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check: Applicants will be required to undergo a criminal record check for fieldwork purposes once accepted to the program

Educational Assistant and Community Support admission information package

The Educational Assistant and Community Support program is a 10-course employment ready certificate program which prepares students for careers with agencies that provide support/service to children and/or adults with exceptionalities.

Laddering Credits into TRU Degrees

Graduates from the Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate can ladder directly into Year Two of the Human Service Diploma program. Admission is conditional on a GPA of 2.67 (B-).

How to Apply

  1. Submit your application via email to wlmain@tru.ca or use the paper application form
  2. Pay the application fee Please call or visit the campus to pay your application fee. Your application is not processed until this fee is received
  3. Submit official high school transcripts
  4. Provide official transcripts for any post-secondary institutions previously or currently attended
  5. Submit any required supporting documents

Current high school students should submit final Grade 11 grades and an interim Grade 12 transcript listing coures you are taking this year. For further details, please visit your high school counsellor.

Courses

EDCS 1540
Interpersonal Communications and Helping Relationships (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
Self awareness is a foundation for the development of competent education assistant and community support workers. By focussing on personal development, students learn and use interpersonal communication skills effectively, while knowledge and skills are introduced that increase effectiveness in helping relationships with client populations. Topics include group dynamics, assertive behaviour, and conflict management.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program

EDCS 1580
Introduction to Human Service Professional Practice (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
Students are introduced to professional human service practice. Topics include professional values, ethics, conduct, and strategies for self care. Specific to the field of education assistant and community support, students learn about their professional roles in school and community environments.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program

EDCS 1640
Foundations of Education Assistant and Community Support Work (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
Students are introduced to the theory and perspectives related to supporting individuals with exceptionalities and their families. Students learn about historical movements, inclusive practices, and strategies for teaching. Specific exceptionalities, their characteristics, and etiology are also discussed.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program

EDCS 1650
Understanding Behaviour: Learning for Independence (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
This course introduces students to nonaversive intervention strategies for dealing with problem behaviour. Students will learn the role of team approach, individual program planning and ethics in the development of a behaviour support plan. An educative approach to behaviour change is emphasized.
Prerequisite: All Fall semester courses. Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program. Required Seminar: EDCS 1650S

EDCS 1660
Health Care Principles (3,0,1)
Credits: 3
Campus
This course overviews the theory and application of preventive health care planning and personal care principles. Areas of study include body mechanics, basic anatomy and physiology of body systems, nutrition, recognition of illness, referral procedures to health care services and issues related to basic pharmacology. Ethical and legal concepts of human service work in relation to health care practice will be discussed.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program Required Lab: EDCS 1660L

EDCS 1680
Field Work (0,2,14P)
Credits: 4
Campus
This course requires students to be in the field two days per week and to attend weekly two hour practicum seminars. At this time such topics as team work, time management, advocacy, sexuality and family support for individuals with challenges will be discussed, in addition to practicum related issues/concerns. There will be a two week block fieldwork experience at the end of this course.
Prerequisite: A student must receive a passing grade in EDCS 1580 or HUMS 1580 in order to move on to EDCS 1680

EDCS 1750
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
This course introduces students to a range of communication strategies used in working with children and adults who have limited or not verbal skills. Technological supports for communication will be introduced.
Prerequisite: All Fall semester courses. Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program.

Contact the Admissions and Registration Office

250-392-8020

wlmain@tru.ca