COMM115 – Fundamentals of Effective Interpersonal Communication
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

Successful, healthy, and productive Interpersonal relationships form the foundation of human services work. This course focuses on building self-awareness, the communication process, and the development of professional communication skills. Prerequisites: None


ENGL110 – Fundamentals of English Composition
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

ENGL 110 focuses on essay writing at the post secondary level. Students will examine examples of good writing, do short summaries, participate in critical exchanges in an individual and group setting, and complete several short writing assignments covering a spectrum of styles and purposes. Prerequisite: None


EAPR105/HSPD105 – Supporting Instruction Across the Curriculum
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course focuses on providing instructional support to learners through practical classroom-tested strategies. It brings together theory and practice in authentic, meaningful, and productive ways. Prerequisite: None


EAPR113/HSPD113 – Observation and Techniques of Behavior Management
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course is designed to help students in understanding children with behavioral and/or emotional problems. Students will learn to both understand and deal with behavior problems in children. Topics will include mental health, encouragement, effective communication, logical consequences and problem-solving techniques. Emphasis is on a systematic approach in order to observe, to explain, predict and improve the well-being of the individual. Prerequisite: None


EAPR151/HSPD151 – Approaches to Learning
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course is designed to help students gain an understanding of the learning process. The course will focus on helping students to understand how they learn in order to understand how children learn. Emphasis will be placed upon learning modalities and styles. There will also be an examination of theories of child development as transfer of learning and motivation. Lastly, environments in which learning can occur will be examined. Prerequisite: None


EAPR199/HSPD199 – Education Assistant Practicum
Hours: 150 Credits: 3.0

This 6-month course offers students an opportunity to learn from experience – “learn by doing”. Students will take part in a combination of field-based practicum experience and monthly workshops. Students are required to complete 150 hours of practicum placement.  In addition, students will be engaged in 6 workshops held once a month for a total of 12 hours. Each student will be writing a reflective journal piece to bring to each workshop for submission. Throughout the program the student will be building a Professional Portfolio to use in their job interview. Students will be meeting with the Practicum Facilitator as requested to review progress. Each student will be under the supervision of their Columbia College Practicum Facilitator and a Field Experience Supervisor at their respective practicum site.  Attendance at all scheduled workshops and practicum appointments are compulsory.

Prerequisite:  In order to be approved for a practicum placement, the student must maintain a standing Grade Point minimum Average (GPA) of 2.0. Other factors will also be considered such a preparedness for practicum and professional behavior. Part-time students will be approved for practicum only after they have successfully completed enough courses as identified by the Education Assistant Professional Program.

In this course, you will be required to attend a 7.5 hour Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Workshop (CPI course) which will be scheduled during your program.


EAPR161/HSPD235 – Speech and Language Development
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course provides an in-depth examination of language acquisition and literacy development. Education Assistants will learn how language develops, the properties and components of language, and what strategies to use to support literacy development. A study of speech and language disorders will be a component of this course. Prerequisite: None


EAPR163/HSPD266 – Planning for Inclusion
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course focuses on differentiated practices and strategies to assist educational assistants with their work in an inclusive classroom. Planning and working with various exceptionalities will be studied such as Learning and Behaviour exceptionalities, Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Communication exceptionalities. Issues related to inclusive schools, including diversity and equity, will also be explored. Students will learn how to develop an inclusive climate and how to develop a relationship with students, parents, and other key stakeholders involved in inclusion of students with exceptionalities. Prerequisite: None


INTE125 – Computer Skills for Professionals
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course has an emphasis on the computer skills and knowledge you need to be an effective professional in today’s work environment. Emphasis is placed on keyboarding, word-processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation software. An introduction to the Internet is also included. Prerequisite: None


EAPR106/PSYC106 – Child Development: An Introduction
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

In this course we will explore child developmental to prepare learners for work with children in a variety of settings. Specifically, the course will explore the theories and research that have shaped our understanding of human development. The course will also examine the various stages of physical, cognitive, intellectual, sexual, social, perceptual, language, personality, and moral growth from birth to adolescence. In addition, the course will explore the development of relationships, self, gender, and sex roles in youth, and how the family, school, peers, media, and culture influence such development. Finally, a review of atypical development in children will be covered. Prerequisite: None