EACS Course Descriptions

EDCS 1540 Interpersonal Communications and Helping Relationships (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: 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
Note: Students cannot get credit for more than one of EDCS 1540, HUMS 1540, HUMS 1541, ECED 1340.
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EDCS 1580 Introduction to Human Service Professional Practice (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: 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
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of HUMS 1580, HUMS 1581 or EDCS 1580
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EDCS 1590 Practical Skills for Community and School Support Workers (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Education Assistant and Community Support students are introduced to the practical aspects of supporting individuals with disabilities in classroom, community, and home settings. Students participate in three learning modules during the semester that examine a variety of health care, educational, and social supports, and which vary according to local need. This course is designed to provide instruction for students working in small community and rural settings. Students must complete two of their three modules in Augmentative Communication 1 and Basic Health Care 1.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both EDCS 1590 and HUMS 1590
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EDCS 1640 Foundations of Education Assistant and Community Support Work (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: 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
Exclusion: HUMS 1640
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EDCS 1650 Understanding Behaviour: Learning for Independence (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: 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
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both EDCS 1650 and HUMS 1650
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EDCS 1660 Health Care Principles (3,0,1)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: 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
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both EDCS1660 and HUMS 1660
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EDCS 1680 Field Work (0,2,14P)

Credits: 4 credits
Delivery: 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
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of CSSW 1650, HUMS 1600, HUMS 1601 or EDCS 1680
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