10-month full-time certificate or 20-month part-time certificate
NIC's Human Services department and its programs are part of a provincial network that ensures not only high-quality instruction and programming, but also transferability throughout the province.
The Education Assistant/Community Support, Indigenous Focus certificate is offered in two ways: over 10 months of full-time study, or over 20 months of part-time study. The full time option contains three terms and the part time option contains five.
Coursework provides a base for enhancing communication skills and critical analysis. You will learn a variety of frameworks for analyzing the structure of problems within society and will explore different models for supporting families and individuals. You will study human development through the lifespan as well as have opportunities to explore in-depth theories, skills and positive behaviour support strategies. You will learn to support the health and wellness of individuals through supervised placements in a community agency and school settings as well s weekly seminars where you will discuss ethical issues and reflect upon your practice experiences.
You will explore in-depth theories, skills and supports required for education assistance and community support work.
To complete the program, you will complete six weeks of full-time supervised practice experience in a community agency or school. The final term also provides you with exposure to the field which can help you gain employment.
The Education Assistant/Community Support, Indigenous Focus program provides the same training in classroom assistance, disabilities and ethics found in the Education Assistant/Community Support program while providing a greater understanding of the culture and history of Indigenous learners.
You will develop intercultural communication skills as you study First Nations education and learn about contemporary Canadian social and family issues. There is a focus on Indigenous populations with opportunities to participate directly in cultural events such as potlatches, lahal games and witnessing governance ceremonies. The program promotes volunteering and community participation and is based on the concept that self-awareness is integral in the ability to help others. The medicine wheel paradigm provides a model of human health and balance.
As a graduate of the Educational Assistant/Community Support, Indigenous Focus program, you will be well-prepared to assist individuals who have physical, cognitive and psychiatric disabilities.
As an 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 career in community-based or government agencies, in departments that assist individuals with diverse needs.
Some graduates have started their own community support businesses and hold contracts with a variety of government and non-government agencies.
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.
HSW-176 and 177 are not university transferable. If you choose to work toward a degree program, you may be required to take PSY-250/251.
If you wish to reduce your workload, you can take ENG-115 or 125 before entering 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 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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