Humber’s Early Childhood Education – Advanced Studies in Special Needs graduate certificate program offers a unique opportunity to pursue an exciting and challenging career working with children with special needs and their families. Through our practical, skill-based curriculum, you will develop many valuable skills, including how to:
• consult and collaborate interprofessionally with a team of early childhood educators, professionals and families to facilitate inclusion
• advocate and facilitate community outreach for children and their families
• observe, assess and implement using a variety of tools and techniques that support children’s development
• conduct independent research in a chosen area of interest
• plan and deliver professional development activities
• cultivate reflective practice skills for the purpose of self and professional development.
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
• Apply the principle of normalization and critically evaluate its implications to the field of special needs.
• Develop and implement individualized program plans, which include long and short term goal setting, methodology, data collection, and evaluation.
• Plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities to enhance large motor, fine motor, speech-language, social, emotional, cognitive, and self-help abilities from infancy to adulthood.
• Demonstrate the ability to transfer the knowledge gained from theory in order to plan, implement and evaluate individualized program plans for home visits, classroom placements, and other field related practicum.
• Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in the daily interaction with families and allied professionals.
• Outline the responsibilities a teacher has when working with a family with a child with special needs.
• Demonstrate a professional and supportive role for parents of a child with special needs through assisting them to complete administrative tasks, communicate with professionals and by facilitating their involvement in special needs programs.
• Research the legislation and possible funding sources available to people with special needs and their families and make appropriate suggestions.
• Advocate and facilitate community outreach for children with special needs and their families.
• Develop his or her own personal philosophical approach for teaching children with special needs utilizing a theoretical and practical foundation in assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation.
• Fulfil the role of the teacher in direct and indirect service delivery by assessing special needs, making referrals, analyzing assessment reports, planning individualized program plans and acting as a liaison between home, school and various agencies.
• Develop a self-directed learning contract and independently conduct research on a chosen area of focus.
• ECAS 5001: Effective Resource Teamwork
• ECAS 5002: Adapting Curriculum 1
• ECAS 5003: Field Practice 1
• ECAS 5004: Family Centred Practices
• ECAS 5005: Programming: Consultation and Collaboration
• ECAS 5006: Field Seminar 1
• ECAS 5016: Perspectives in Special Needs
• ECAS 5500: Advocacy and Community Resource
• ECAS 5501: Consultation and Case Management
• ECAS 5502: Independent Research Study
• ECAS 5503: Adapting Curriculum 2
• ECAS 5504: Resource Strategies for Special Needs
• ECAS 5506: Field Seminar 2
• ECAS 5509: Field Practice 2
You will be required to complete approximately 400 field placement hours within the two semesters. Placements are assigned by faculty. During that time, you may be assigned a placement in community based/government services and agencies such as a treatment centre, hospital, mental health agency, child-care centre or community association. You may have a full year placement, which allows you to become fully immersed in the agency or a different placement each semester, which ensures a variety of experiences. Each semester offers a block week for an intensive opportunity at your placement site.
International applicants are encouraged to also visit international.humber.ca to review additional requirements. Upon enrolment, international students are also required to obtain a co-op work permit in order to attend placement.
Early learning experiences help shape children’s development and set the stage for them to be healthy, happy, productive adults. Some economists estimate that for every $1 spent on programs for children, there is a $2 social and economic benefit to Canada. Children with physical, intellectual, social and emotional challenges benefit significantly from early intervention and inclusive programming. Graduates enter employment ready to collaboratively support children with special needs and their families, applying the extensive knowledge and skills gained in the program.
Our graduates work with children with special needs and their families in both community based and government services and agencies, and have secured employment as:
• resource consultants
• early interventionists
• early childhood resource teachers
• teacher therapists
• community consultants
• resource support professionals
• educational assistants
• home support/respite workers
• early years’ specialists
• outreach workers
• intensive behaviour interventionists
• communicative assistants and infant development workers.
How to apply
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