Education Assistant and Community Support Program

The Education Assistant & Community Support Certificate (EACS) is an eight-month employment ready program that prepares students for careers that provide support and service to children, youth or adults with exceptionalities. Students are prepared to work as an education assistant in British Columbian school districts or in communities as support workers.

The program includes a field work practicum in the winter semester. Practicum placements are offered in many different schools and community agencies.

Graduates from the Education Assistant & Community Support Certificate may ladder directly into year two of the Human Service Diploma program. At TRU Williams Lake, EACS is used as year one of the Human Service Diploma program.

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Intake Date

The EACS program in Williams Lake offers one intake every year, beginning in September. The next full-time intake will take place in September 2020. Please note: The Fall 2020 intake of the Education Assistant & Community Support Certificate may be offered in alternative delivery format (virtual/online) due to TRU's response to COVID-19. 

Learning Options

Full-time and part-time study. The program is offered on a full-time basis (5 courses per semester) over eight months. Part-time study is also available; most part-time students take 2-3 courses per semester over two years.

The Education Assistant & Community Support Certificate is not available online through TRU Open Learning, although some courses may be available by distance. Please contact the TRU Williams Lake Academic Advisor for more details.

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

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.

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.

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