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This program is an introduction to, and a comprehensive survey of, the field of special education. Special education is that branch of education responsible for meeting the needs of exceptional children - those who are gifted or who have impairments that affect intellectual, physical, emotional or sensory abilities. Students will examine a body of contemporary literature relating to special education and strive to develop an understanding of the developmental and learning characteristics of exceptional persons. Students will investigate the types of educational services and care that have been found to be effective in helping persons with special needs to reach their potential.

Teacher Assistant Certificate Courses

Courses: Year 1

TAC 1016 Teacher Assistant: Foundations

Students will examine information critical to developing an understanding of all areas of special education. The basic principles of child development within the context of special education will be explored, as well, various professional matters will be investigated.  All students will receive certification in St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid.

TAC 1013 Practicum - Teacher Assistant: Foundations

Each student is required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of practical experience within the public school system. Students are evaluated at spaced intervals throughout the program.

TAC 1026 Health and Personal Care

Students will explore the various medical and personal care procedures that may be necessary for the educational and health needs of some individuals.  The individuals enrolled will study various common physical disorders/conditions and reflect upon the educational ramifications of each.

TAC 1023 Practicum - Health and Personal Care

Each student is required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of practical experience within the public school system. Students are evaluated at spaced intervals throughout the program.

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TAC 1036 Communication & Sensory Diversity

Students will examine communication and sensorimotor disabilities.  Communication skills lie at the base of much of what is done in special education, and therefore must be fully understood.  Students will discuss the significant impact hearing, vision and language disorders have on learning and development and the ways teachers can assist visual learners to attain maximum benefit from school and society.  All students will have a basic understanding of computers in the classroom.

TAC 1033 Practicum - Communication & Sensory Diversity

Each student is required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of practical experience within the public school system. Students are evaluated at spaced intervals throughout the program.

TAC 1046  Learning and Behavioural Diversity

This course contains information on mental retardation, learning disabilities, and the gifted and talented.  Educational services created should not be determined solely by the type of exceptionalness being addressed; therefore, there is an examination of the various categories of exceptionalness.  All students will receive certification in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

TAC 1043 Practicum - Learning and Behavioural Diversity

Each student is required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of practical experience within the public school system. Students are evaluated at spaced intervals throughout the program


Delivery

*1 year of full time study or 2 years of part time study
(Part-time extension locations: Bridgewater, Truro, Yarmouth, Port Hawkesbury– locations subject to change according to enrollment)

*Part time study typically consists of two semesters per year which will each consist of one (60 hour) course held over 20 night classes plus approximately 125 hours of practicum.
 

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