Career Possibilities: As a graduate, you will be prepared for a valuable career as a support worker in group homes, employment agencies, community organizations and other human service agencies. You will be prepared for employment as an education assistant, working under the direction of teachers to provide classroom support.
NIC's Human Services department and its programs are part of a provincial network that ensures not only high-quality instruction and programming, as well as transferability throughout the province.
The Educational Assistant/Community Support program is offered over ten months at the Comox Valley campus, and is divided into three terms.
The first term exposes you to an anti-oppressive, feminist framework with which to examine and understand social issues and ethics pertaining to disabilities. Communication skills and critical thinking are highlighted.
The first semester includes five courses. You will learn a variety of frameworks for analyzing the structure and problems within society and exploring the different models for supporting families and individuals. You will study human development and develop strong research and writing skills through university English.
During the second term, you will continue your study of human development through the lifespan. There will be opportunities to explore in-depth theories, skills and positive behaviour support strategies. You will learn to support the health and wellness of individuals in the community and in school settings through supervised placements in a community agency or school and participation in weekly seminars to discuss ethical issues and reflect on practical experiences.
The third term consists of six weeks of full-time supervised practice experience in a school or community agency. This invaluable experience allows you to use your new skills and knowledge in practice. The final term also provides you with exposure to the field and employment connections. You will attend a weekly seminar to continue learning through reflection, discussion and writing.
As a graduate of the Educational Assistant/Community Support program you will be prepared to assist individuals who have physical, cognitive and psychiatric disabilities.
As education assistant, you will qualify to work in schools and, under the supervision of the teacher, provide classroom support.
As a community support worker, you may pursue a career in community-based or government agencies, in departments that assist individuals with special needs.
Some graduates have started their own community support businesses and hold contracts with a variety of government and non-government agencies in departments that assist individuals with developmental or physical disabilities.
The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has provided Special Program approval to allow priority admission for a selected number of self-declared Aboriginal applicants to this program beginning in September 2013. For more information please refer to NIC's Aboriginal Education Services program page (www.nic.bc.ca/services/aboriginalservices), or contact an Aboriginal Advisor at your local campus.
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Once accepted to the program but before classes begin, you will be required to:
Note: Human services students are not required to meet the PSY-130/131 prerequisites for registering in PSY-250/251. If you choose to work toward a degree, you may be required to complete PSY-130/131.
If you wish to reduce your workload, you can take ENG-115 before entering into the program.
When you meet some learning objectives in a course(s) the assessment process may result in an exemption from some portion of the course(s). You will be required to register in the course and pay full tuition but your workload would be reduced. Note that eligibility for this process will be granted on an individual basis by the department. You must apply one semester in advance of the course start date. For more information please contact the program department chair.
You will gain extensive practice experience throughout the ten-month program. Practice experience placements are offered to provide you with actual on-the-job training in a school or community service agency. The placements are supervised by teachers, agency personnel and faculty. A weekly seminar provides additional learning and connection of theory with practice. The purpose of the practice experience is to provide you with direct experience. This allows you to learn exactly what the job entails, what skills are required and the opportunity to learn those skills both in theory and in practice.
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
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