Educational Support

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MiramichiSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Educational support workers are dedicated to ensuring that every child reaches their full potential. We work as part of a learning team to help students overcome academic, physical, or behavioural challenges they may face. Few other careers offer the kind of fulfillment that working with children in their formative years can provide. If you’re caring, patient and creative, consider a career that’s all about ensuring no learner is left behind.

In our two-year Educational Support program, you’ll learn to work with students with diverse learning needs. Through a combination of experiential and applied learning, you’ll gain the skills needed to plan, organize, and lead activities to help children develop intellectually, physically, and emotionally. We’ll teach you how to manage behaviour and plan and modify educational programming to suit students with exceptional needs. Giving a child a great start in life is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Enroll today in the Educational Support program and pursue a career where you can nurture a child’s progress every day.


Duration

Two years


Admission Requirements

    Profile A

  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies


    Career Possibilities

    Graduates enter the working world prepared for a variety of educational settings including public and private kindergarten, elementary and secondary schools, before and after school care, and recreation and community centres. The career is also flexible, providing full and part-time opportunities to suit your lifestyle.

    Some graduates add specialized skills to their education, such as sign language or braille, to assist students with specific types of needs. Others who start as education assistants, choose to further their education to become licensed teachers.

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    Specific Considerations

    Prior to or during an applied workplace experience, Host Agencies may require students to:

    Criminal Record, Vulnerable Sector checks and Social Development Record Check
    Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned or have a positive contravention on a Social Development Screening, may be prohibited from proceeding to a field- placement. It may be the student’s responsibility, with Instructor support, to locate a suitable field placement willing to accommodate the contravention(s).

    Specific Immunizations
    Depending on agency, students may be required to provide an Immunization Record

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.


    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course focuses on acquiring the critical thinking, planning, writing, researching, and documenting skills necessary to produce quality academic papers. Emphasis will be placed on planning, organizing, revising and editing written works such as five-paragraph essays and short research papers.

    This course is designed to introduce group interpersonal skills required in professional practice. Foundational skills will be developed in leadership styles, communication, group roles, group cohesion, relationship building, and trust. 

    This course is designed to explore the topics, issues and information related to self-care practices.  Emphasis will be placed upon examining the dimensions of wellness and how these dimensions impact the lives of the frontline worker.
     

    Understand inclusion, supporting roles, responsibilities and legislation in the education sector.
     

    In this course, students will complete a comprehensive overview of a variety of exceptionalities including definitions, characteristics, prevalence, etiology, and developmental outcomes.

    This course is designed to explore developmentally appropriate guidance techniques and strategies that encourage and support positive student behaviour in an educational environment. Students will develop a personal guidance philosophy that promotes a positive learning environment.

    This course examines effective observation and document use in the education sector. It provides an overview of the reasons for student assessment and evaluation with a focus on how educational support personnel can assist in student observation, record keeping and reporting to the team. This course prepares learners to conduct observations and complete various documentation approaches to contribute to the collaborative educational environment.
     

    This course provides an overview of the elements within the INCLUDE strategy that focuses on ways to reasonably accommodate all students within an inclusive classroom or educational environment. Building on previous knowledge of Universal Design for Learning, learners will identify and apply factors that contribute to meeting the needs of all students, not just those with learning challenges and/or other exceptionalities.

    This course provides learners with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and skills while providing supervised educational support in an elementary school.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    This workshop introduces students to the process of finding employment. It explores the various strategies and resources available, and examines the role of social media.

    This course is designed to provide information on mental health and wellness.  Emphasis will be placed on abnormal psychology including terminology, diagnostic features, assessment, and treatment of the major psychological disorders.

    This course provides an overview of child development theories, milestones throughout development, and factors that influence development from conception to adolescence.  Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional domains.

    The purpose of this course is to examine the underlying concepts and principles that influence the ways people behave and communicate with each other. With an increased awareness of these factors that affect interpersonal relationships, the student will critically assess how these concepts can be applied in practice both personally and professionally.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    Students are introduced to the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of the field of sociology. They explore such topics as sociological imagination, research, culture, and socialization.


    NOC Codes

    4214 - Early childhood educators and assistants


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