• Overview - 2020/2021

    Graduates of the Educational Support program will have the skills and knowledge required to become an Educational Assistant (EA). As an Educational Assistant, you will be a valued member of a school team, working together to positively impact students. EAs play an instrumental role in making a difference in the lives of learners with exceptionalities, while helping to create an inclusive learning environment. Our Educational Support program will give you the knowledge and skills to support a wide range of exceptionalities. You will learn how to develop strategies to encourage independence in accordance with learners' Individual Education Plans (IEPs) including areas such as mobility, communication, and personal hygiene.

    Additionally, you will have real-life opportunities to connect theory and practice in every level of the program. You will experience placements in learning environments ranging from elementary schools to colleges. During your placements you will cultivate skills to effectively support learners with exceptionalities under the guidance of experienced mentors.

    Educational Support program highlights:

    • Gain experience during hands-on placements in every level of the program led by an experienced EA;
    • Develop a working knowledge of assistive technologies and other learning enhancement tools;
    • Cultivate the set of skills necessary to effectively assist students with special needs in personal care, life skills, behaviour, and academics;
    • Examine teaching strategies to assist in re-teaching material in a developmentally appropriate manner.
  • Admission Requirements - 2020/2021

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
    OR
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
    OR
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
    OR
    Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.  
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    • Grade 12 Challenge and Change in Society (M)
    • Grade 11 Health Care (C)
    • Grade 12 Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society (M)
    • Grade 12 Issues in Human Growth and Development (M)
    • Grade 11 Living and Working with Children (C)
    • Grade 12 Parenting and Human Development (E)
    • Grade 12 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan (M)

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

    Post-Admission Requirements

    The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

    • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
    • Evidence of Good Health
    • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
    • Placement Agreement
  • Careers - 2020/2021

    Career Opportunities

    Educational Assistants (EAs) are needed in a variety of academic venues, from school boards and schools to special education and community-based educational programs. This proposed diploma program will prepare graduates to work effectively with exceptional students up to the age of 21 years.

  • More Information - 2020/2021

    A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: EDS1W
    Campus Code: WC (WC - Woodstock)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
     

    Contact

    Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus:  519-421-0144

    Program Description

    Graduates of the Educational Support program will have the skills and knowledge required to become an Educational Assistant (EA). As an Educational Assistant, you will be a valued member of a school team, working together to positively impact students. EAs play an instrumental role in making a difference in the lives of learners with exceptionalities, while helping to create an inclusive learning environment. Our Educational Support program will give you the knowledge and skills to support a wide range of exceptionalities. You will learn how to develop strategies to encourage independence in accordance with learners� Individual Education Plans (IEPs) including areas such as mobility, communication, and personal hygiene.

    Additionally, you will have real-life opportunities to connect theory and practice in every level of the program. You will experience placements in learning environments ranging from elementary schools to colleges. During your placements you will cultivate skills to effectively support learners with exceptionalities under the guidance of experienced mentors.

    Program Highlights:

    • Gain experience during hands-on placements in every level of the program led by an experienced EA
    • Develop a working knowledge of assistive technologies and other learning enhancement tools
    • Cultivate the set of skills necessary to effectively assist students with special needs in personal care, life skills, behaviour, and academics
    • Examine teaching strategies to assist in re-teaching material in a developmentally appropriate manner

    Other Information

    • Upon graduation and prior to working as an Educational Assistant, graduates will be required to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (https://cupe.ca/).

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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