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Special Education Assistant (SEA)

SEA 107 Understanding Curriculum in the Inclusive Classroom
3 Credits

This course provides students with an understanding of the team process for adapting, modifying and (strategies for) implementing K-12 curriculum in the core areas, personal planning and physical education. The student will learn about the types of curriculum adapted, modified and individualized and their implications for students with disabilities. The students will learn about individualized education planning (IEP) for children and youth with special needs and how to implement adapted and/or modified curriculum.

Prerequisites
SEA-117

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SEA 112 Interpersonal Communication
3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the basic processes and content of effective interpersonal communication. Effective communication is the foundation of success in working with others. Various concepts will be learned such as self-concept, perception, emotions, language, non-verbal communication, listening, communication climate, cross- cultural communication, team collaboration and managing interpersonal conflict. Students will examine their interpersonal communication knowledge and skills with respect to working with people.

Prerequisites
EN-12 ENGL-050 ENGL-045 or CAT3E-SEA

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SEA 114 Augmentative Communication
3 Credits

This course introduces language and speech development in children with a focus on difficulties associated with specific disability types. Contemporary assessment and instructional strategies for enhancing the communication skills of children and adolescents with special needs will be emphasized.

Prerequisites
SEA 117

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SEA 115 Understanding Family Dynamics
3 Credits

This course examines the patterns and structures of family life, the influences on family and the diversity of family from one culture and class to another. The course focuses on providing an understanding of how different family dynamics create variability in individual children's social and emotional development. The purpose of this course is to increase student awareness regarding the diversity of families, which in turn will influence their ability to provide relevant family support to children and families. The course includes a special focus on First Nations families.

Prerequisites
English 12, English 050, English 045 or successful placement on CAT III

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SEA 117 Introduction to Disabilities and Inclusion
3 Credits

This course explores personal and societal values and attitudes towards persons requiring extra support in education. The principles of inclusion will be examined in relation to its contributions to the field of special needs services. Various disabilities, their causes, and their impact on children in schools will be examined. A basic understanding of strategies, both environmental and interactive, which facilitate child development, will be provided.

Prerequisites
SEA-121

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SEA 121 Child & Adolescent Development
3 Credits

This course provides students with an introduction to theories, methods, concepts, and research findings relevant to human development from prenatal through adolescence. The importance of individual differences, the effects of heredity and environment, and the ethical issues involved in the research are discussed. Application to child care situations are explored in lectures in reference to children and their families, including children with disabling conditions. Students will be required to read from the text and other references as required.

Prerequisites
English 12, English 050 or English 055 or successful placement on the CAT III

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SEA 153 Supporting Responsible Behaviour
3 Credits

This course takes a positive approach to managing challenging behaviours of children with special needs in the classroom through effective assessment, intervention and guidance strategies. The characteristics and needs of children with health related disabilities are identified, and methods to promote physical and emotional well-being for children with special needs are explored, including ways of enabling them to deal effectively with conflicts and challenges. Students learn about functional assessments and appropriate interventions. Special education policies and procedures in BC and in local school districts are covered, including provincial special education categories.

Prerequisites
SEA-117

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SEA 155 Teaching and Learning I
3 Credits

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SEA 156 Teaching and Learning II
3 Credits

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SEA 157 Special Education Assistant Practicum I
3 Credits

This 90-hour practicum prepares students for work as special education assistants in the school system by Practicum I emphasises beginning competencies for SEA's working in the classroom environment including skills in observing adn recording, guiding and caring, and collaboration. Nine hours of practicum seminars, held at the beginning, middle and end of practicum, provide students with support and guidance for their field practice. Students will create individual Professional Development Plans and record progress toward their practicum goals through various assignments and activities.

Prerequisites
SEA 112, SEA 115, SEA 117 and SEA-156 co-requisite: SEA 153

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SEA 158 Special Education Asst Practicum II
3 Credits

This 90-hour practicum continues to prepare students for work as special education assistants in the school system by integrating theory with practical experience. Practicum II emphasises competencies for SEA's working in the classroom environment with a focus on augmentative communication and curriculum modification and adaptation skills. More advanced skills in data gathering and writing, guiding and caring, and collaboration will also be emphasized. Nine hours of practicum seminars, held at the beginning, middle and end of practicum, provide students with support and guidance for their field practice. Students will create individual Professional Development Plans and record progress toward their practicum goals through various assigments and activities.

Prerequisites
Take SEA-107

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