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  • 1. Course Outline Educational Assistant Certificate Program Faculty of Education UC.EDU.1100 – 3 Credit Hours, 0 Lab Hours Roles and Responsibilities of the Educational Assistant Spring Term, 2010-2011 Mondays 6-9 P.M. Start date: April 20 , 2011 , End date : June 15 , 2011Instructor: Krystle Robinson Phone/Voice Mail: (204) 620-2117 Email: krystle@myucn.caCalendar Description:This course is aimed at assisting participants in developing the knowledge, skills and attitudesnecessary for the education assistant to perform his or her roles and responsibilities from anethical and responsible paradigm as a member of an instructional team.Course Description:Roles and Responsibilities of the Education Assistant is an introductory course for theEducational Assistant Certificate Program. It is aimed at assisting participants in developing theknowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the education assistant to perform his or her rolesand responsibilities from an ethical and responsible paradigm as a member of an instructionalteam.Learning Outcomes: 1|Page
  • 2. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Describe what an educational assistant is 2. Compare the difference between an EA’s responsibilities and a teacher’s responsibilities 3. Explain the role of the Educational Assistant within the context of the classroom team and within the larger context of the school setting 4. Define Inclusion according to Manitoba Education’s Philosophy of Inclusive Education 5. Describe what a team is and who may be involved on a team for a student 6. Explore provincial and local school board policies. 7. Prepare a summary that describes the roles and responsibilities of the Educational Assistant in a written summaryPrerequisites:NoneCourse Restrictions:This course is formerly Crafting Your Educational Practice: The role of the EA.Texts/Materials:RequiredDoyle, Mary Beth, PhD. (2009). The Paraprofessional’s Guide to the Inclusive Classroom:working as a team (3rd e). Brook’s Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-55766-924-7.AdditionalThe Manitoba Teacher’s Society. (2007). Teachers and Educational Assistants Roles andResponsibilities. www.mbteach.org/library/Archives/Handbooks/HB-EAmanual.pdfGovernment of Manitoba. (2009). Educational Assistants in Manitoba.http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/docs/support/ed_assistants/educational_assistants.pdfGovernment of Manitoba. (2006). Appropriate Educational Programming in Manitoba:Standards for Student Services.http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/specedu/aep/pdf/Standards_for_Student_Services.pdfGovernment of Manitoba. (2004). Working Together: A Handbook for Parents of Children withSpecial Needs in School.http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/specedu/parent/pdf/workingtogether.pdfDelivery Method / Use of Learning Technology:This course is delivered using in class, face-to-face sessions, in combination with Elluminate ,and Desire2Learn programs online. Students will be required to participate and contributetowards weekly discussion forums on D2L as well as weekly quizzes. Face-to-face sessions will 2|Page
  • 3. include small and large group discussion and activities, and lecture (see “Student Evaluation”below for more information).Course Website: N/AStudent Evaluation: 1) Weekly Discussion Forums- 30% Students will contribute to weekly discussion forums in D2L. Each week a question will be posted where you will apply your learning by providing a response referencing ideas from the readings, course material and experience. You will be required to provide a response within a given period of time, as each forum will have designated times. Each discussion forum is worth 3.75% of your final grade. Due Each Week (See “Important Dates” below) 2) Weekly quizzes- 20% Every week a quiz will be posted. You will NOT be allowed to complete the quiz after the close date. The quizzes replace a final test at the end of the course. Each quiz will be based on weekly reading assignments. There will be 5 questions for each quiz and they will be open book. There will be 8 quizzes in total and they will each be worth 2.5% of your final grade. The quiz will open on a Wednesday and close on a Tuesday. Each quiz is timed and you will have 15 minutes to complete it. See quiz schedule below. Due Each Week. 3) Portfolio Assignment- 50% A written summary of the educational assistants duties, expertise and growth within the school setting. The portfolio can be constructed to include your personal experience (if you are currently an EA) or based on what you have learnt in the course (*you may also refer to the “Student-specific competencies document). This assignment is designed to bring together your understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an educational assistant through personal reflection and thought. You may use an essay style format or powerpoint for your summary. Your summary should include the following (You can use the points below as headings or as a guide to organize your information): i. Brief statement of the Roles and Responsibilities of the EA -1-2 sentences ii. Outline the Instructional duties and the Clerical duties separately iii. Outline the Ethical guidelines (such as confidentiality, relationships with teacher and acceptance of assigned duties iv. Personal philosophy for the roles and responsibilities of a EA v. Assisting with curriculum requirements vi. Dealing with Behaviorally challenged Children vii. Working with medically and physically challenged children 3|Page
  • 4. viii. Facilitating speech and language development ix. Establishing effective communication (with students, staff, parents, etc) x. Concluding statement **For further information, see the summary example on D2L course site. DUE: Wed. June 15, 2011Grade ScaleThe Grade Scale applies to all courses offered for credit. The level of a student’s achievement ineach course will be denoted by a letter grade as follows: Percentage Letter Grade Grade Point Description 90-100 A+ 4.5 Outstanding 80-89 A 4.0 Exceptional 76-79 B+ 3.5 Excellent 70-75 B 3.0 Very Good 66-69 C+ 2.5 Above Average 60-65 C 2.0 Average 50-59 D 1.0 Marginal 0-49 F 0 FailureThe minimum standard for passing a course is D (50%), except as noted below. A 2.0 GPA isrequired for graduation from all programs.Supplemental Exam Availability:Not available.Voluntary Withdrawal Date:A student wishing to withdraw from this course must forward a completed UCN RegistrationRevision form to Enrolment Services by the last date for voluntary withdrawal withoutacademic penalty.The Voluntary Withdrawal Date for this course is:Other Important Dates : 1) Weekly Discussion Forums & Weekly Quizzes- Due EACH WEEK. 1 each week following same schedule as quizzes below. (8 total) i. Discussion & Quiz 1 April 20 – April 26,2011 ii. Discussion & Quiz 2 April 27 - May 3, 2011 iii. Discussion & Quiz 3 May 4 – May 10, 2011 iv. Discussion & Quiz 4 May 11 – May 17, 2011 4|Page
  • 5. v. Discussion & Quiz 5 May 18 – May 24, 2011 vi. Discussion & Quiz 6 May 25 – May 31, 2011 vii. Discussion & Quiz 7 June 1 – June 7, 2011 viii. Discussion & Quiz 8 June 8- June 14, 2011 2) Assignment – Due June 15 , 2011Course Topics & Course Schedule:Week 1 April 20 Introductions; Inclusive Education In Class Changing Roles and ResponsibilitiesWeek 2 April 27 Classroom teams and daily scheduling In Class The Inclusive ClassroomWeek 3 May 2 Effects of paraprofessional proximity In Class Supporting Individual StudentsWeek 4 May 9 Individual Education Plans (IEP) In Class Student-specific competencies in ManitobaWeek 5 May 16 Multi-level curriculum planning and delivery In Class Individualized Instructional SupportWeek 6 May 30 Establishing routines to support learning In Class Positive behavioral supportWeek 7 June 6 Addressing Behavioral problems In Class Understanding your role in behavior supportWeek 8 June 13 Systems of communication In-Class Confidentiality**PLEASE NOTE: This course will involve attending in-class sessions and participation in on-lineactivities using Elluminate and Desire 2 Learn. As this course is condensed, we will be covering2 topics each week. For the weeks where there is no class, ( if necessary only ) , you will still beexpected to complete assigned readings and assignments on your own time.In Class (as noted in the table above) dates:April 20, 2011April 27, 2011May 2, 2011May 9, 2011May 16,2011 **There will be NO class on Monday May 25th as it is a holiday**May 30, 2011 However, Discussion and Quizzes will run as per usual.June 6, 2011June 13,2011 **Last Class**Special Course Activities:none 5|Page
  • 6. Methods for Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition:Students may request formal recognition, i.e. course credit, of relevant knowledge, skills andabilities gained through prior work, education and life experience. This process is known asPrior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR). To apply for recognition of prior learning, orto obtain more information about PLAR, please contact the PLAR Facilitator in EnrolmentServices.The PLAR process for this course is: N/AStatement of Academic Honesty:The University College of the North views academic honesty as the basis for the developmentand acquisition of knowledge, and encourages all students to pursue their studies in anhonourable and responsible manner. [UCN Academic Policy AC-01-19]Academic dishonesty is a very serious offence with serious consequences. It is up to eachstudent to understand what is meant by academic dishonesty.Academic dishonesty may take many forms, including:1. Using unauthorized materials in examinations or other evaluations;2. Plagiarism;3. Falsifying data or documents;4. Cheating or helping others cheat in any way;5. Any other acts which compromise the integrity of the evaluation process.Because plagiarism is a prevalent form of academic dishonesty, it is necessary that studentshave a clear understanding of the term. To plagiarize is to intentionally misrepresent with theintent to deceive. It will be considered plagiarism to take words or ideas of another person andpass them off as one’s own, including, but not limited to, essays, compositions, theses, creativewriting, reports, reviews, lab reports, projects, computer programs, experimental data,drawings, charts, plans, musical compositions, and works of art.The penalty for academic dishonesty may range from a grade of 0 for the assignment oroccurrence to suspension from the course. Instances of multiple infractions of academicdishonesty may result in suspension from the University College for a period of twelve monthsas of the date of the infraction.Any decision regarding academic dishonesty may be appealed. 6|Page
  • 7. When in doubt about what constitutes plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty,students are encouraged to consult with their instructor. Students are also urged to familiarizethemselves with the appropriate section of the Academic Calendar on Academic Dishonesty.Copyright © 2010 University College of the NorthAll original material in the course outline created by an individual instructor is the intellectualproperty of that instructor. The UCN copyright applies only to the template and to the nameand calendar description of the course.Approved By: Al Gardiner Dean – Faculty of EducationDate: 7|Page

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