The Aboriginal Education Support Worker diploma is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to better support Indigenous students in public, Indigenous, or private K-12 schools, their families, and school communities.
College of the Rockies was the first post-secondary institution in BC to offer an Aboriginal Education Support Worker (AESW) diploma program. Today it is still the only BC institution that offers this program for local and on-line students in community and other areas of the province.
Thank you for your interest in applying to be a student in one of our Health and Human Services programs at the College of the Rockies. As a successful applicant, you will receive or have received a request to provide documentation confirming you are current in immunizations and First Aid/CPR.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and strain to the health human resources, we will not require this information at present to complete your application. This information will be required at a later date once the COVID-19 pandemic is declared resolved. Therefore, please do not go to your Public Health or family physician’s office to obtain or update immunizations.
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This program was developed with significant input from members of the Ktunaxa Nation, the Shuswap Band, the Regional Metis Association, and other Indigenous community members, students and support workers.
This two-year diploma program is available either in the classroom or through blended studies, meaning you would take a combination of face-to-face and online courses. This program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.
This program also includes two practicums, where you will correspond with your instructor online but receive your practicum experience in a face-to-face work setting.
|ANTH 120||Indigenous Worldviews on Contemporary Structure||3|
|ENGL 100||English Composition||3|
|CYFS 102||Observing and Recording||3|
|EAP 112||Introduction to Systems, Structure and Roles in Education||4|
|ANTH 105||Intro To Community Health and Wellness in Indigenous Communities||3|
|FNST 101||First Nations Studies||3|
|COMC 253||Intercultural Communications||3|
|CYFS 116||Lifespan Development||4|
|EAP 111||Understanding K-12 Curriculum||4|
|AESW 101||Practicum 1||2|
|HSWR 214||Introduction to Addictions||3|
|FNST 203||Indigenous Ways Of Knowing||3|
|EAP 102||Technology and Augmentative Communication In The K-12 Classroom||3|
|SOCI 240||Indigenous Family Support Studies||3|
|FNST 205||Indigenizing Practice||3|
|CYFS 103||Guiding Behaviours||4|
|KTUN 101 or equivalent||Introduction To Ktunaxa Language||3|
|HSWR 215||Issues In Adolescence||3|
|AESW 201||Practicum 2||3|
|EAP 105||Special Education||3|
Through the use of a decolonized pedagogical framework students witness and explore Indigenous issues in Canada with a specific focus on British Columbia exclusively from an Indigenous perspective. Indigenous worldviews on these contemporary issues are heard through studying literature and other ways of knowing from Indigenous peoples. The meaning and impacts of decolonization, treaties, cultural appropriation, self-governance, empowerment, cultural survival, and nation rebuilding are also explored.
English 100 focuses on composition for academic purposes and develops a student’s ability to write clearly and effectively. Students also learn the fundamentals of critical thinking, persuasive writing techniques (including rhetorical appeals and devices), scholarly research, and academic reading.
This course is designed to help students learning to become human service workers, education assistants, early childhood educators, and aboriginal education support workers enhance their skills in observing and recording human development and behaviour from birth through adulthood. A variety of observing and recording techniques will be explored in the course.
This course focuses on the systems, structures and roles within the K-12 education system. Students explore the evolution of the education system in British Columbia, levels within that system, alternate forms of education, and the roles and resources related to learners with special needs.
This course adopts a holistic approach to understanding health and wellness within Indigenous communities. Students examine many factors and conditions that impact Indigenous community health from a strength based rather than problem focused approach. This course also focuses on Indigenous worldviews in terms of how community health and wellness is articulated and maintained.
Traditional knowledge and Indigenous scholarship are incorporated alongside anthropological perspectives. Whether delivered face to face or online, the course is treated as an interactive lecture series. Indigenous representatives from local communities and scholars knowledgeable about course topics share their valuable insights and knowledge with students.
This course is an introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of Aboriginal studies. The prehistory, history, and traditional and contemporary cultures of Aboriginals in Canada and their various perspectives are addressed. Additionally, the historical overview of Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations and their effects are explored.
This course explores the inherent relationship between culture, language and communication. The key concepts of study are identity, culture, assumptions and stereotypes, beliefs, value systems, and globalization. From theory to practice, students will investigate the impact of identity and context in intercultural interactions. The focus of this course is to help students develop meaningful strategies to communicate in today’s culturally diverse communities.
This course explores the development of humans from conception to death. It includes physical, cognitive and psychosocial developmental domains. Students preparing to work in careers that involve other people need to clearly understand the complex, dynamic process of development throughout a person's lifespan. This knowledge can provide students with insight into their own development and the development of those they will encounter in their personal and professional lives.
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore ways to support students and facilitate learning in the K-12 classroom. Strategies for supporting literacy and numeracy are discussed in detail. This course uses the BC Ministry of Education curriculum and core competencies as the foundation for directing support. The content of this course is specific to developing the skills, knowledge, and values in an Education Assistant setting.
This course provides students with their first practicum experience. It allows students to observe how Aboriginal Education Support Workers perform their duties in the school community. Students spend sixty hours observing and interacting either in a classroom or other setting defined by the supervisor in the school.
This course provides the learner with an overview of current practice, theories and models in the field of substance use. Topics include: models of addiction, assessment, intervention and treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse; the impact of substance use on the individual, family and society in general; and ethical issues and challenges for practitioners.
This course introduces students to concepts of Indigenous traditional knowledge, worldview and epistemology through witnessing Elder teachings, insights from Indigenous scholars and experiences of Indigenous community members. This course begins with a review of knowledge creation and ways of knowing. It then explores the value, importance and uniqueness of Indigenous ways of knowing and pedagogy in comparison to Western ways of knowing and pedagogy through exploring questions that are important to First Nations peoples.
This course provides students with an introduction to augmentative and alternative communication. Characteristics of various strategies related to the needs of the users are explored. Students also look at a variety of ethical and technological issues that emerge when supporting children who use alternative and augmentative forms of communication in the K-12 classrooms.
This course explores the diverse and unique nature and dynamics of First Nations, Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit (referred to inclusively as Indigenous) families. Students learn directly from Indigenous families, their support networks and advocates their strengths as well as the challenges and struggles they continue to face through the imposed transition from traditional to contemporary family roles. From this, students will work towards fostering a better understanding of how they can assist in providing culturally appropriate family support, and promoting family wellness and safe environments for children.
This course explores ways to address the learning and teaching needs of Indigenous children and youth through understanding Indigenous peoples’ relationship with land, language, and community. Students will witness various Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing and traditional pedagogy through a focus on incorporating voices from Indigenous scholars, Indigenous community members and Ktunaxa Elders. Through this experience students practice indigenizing various learning and educational environments to address the needs of both teachers and learners.
This course focuses on effective ways to guide and understand the needs and behaviours of children, youth and adults. Learners will also explore the influences that inform their own behaviour and reflect on how these influences impact their understanding of themselves. A variety of theoretical, developmental and experiential perspectives will be explored.
This course is an introduction to the Basic Ktunaxa series with an emphasis on the structure and syntax of Ktunaxa at a basic level. It provides students with the opportunity to develop introductory skills in reading, writing, speaking and comprehending the Ktunaxa Language; the emphasis is on speaking and responding to basic commands and key phrases. Students develop the skills, strategies, and resources to support the revitalization of Ktunaxa language in their homes, their schools, and their communities. Experiential/communication-based instruction is a feature of this course.
This course introduces students to the contemporary study of adolescence from a lifespan perspective. It explores the challenges and the strengths of adolescence along with the ways this knowledge can be applied to support healthy development among the diversity of young people in this period of life.
This course integrates the theory learned in the classroom with the practice of working as an Aboriginal Education Support Worker in the school system. Students will assist Aboriginal students to successfully participate in school settings. To that end, students will assist with bridging cultural differences and supporting behavioral and academic excellence within a cultural framework.
This course provides learners with in-depth information on common special needs in the K-12 classroom, including an overview of inclusion and the BC Ministry of Education funding categories. It provides learners with a variety of strategies used to support K-12 students with special needs. The content of this course is specific to developing the core competencies required of education assistants in the K-12 school setting.
*Practicum based learning is an essential component of this program. A criminal record may reduce an applicant’s access to the program and/or to required practicum opportunities. Applicants disclosing a criminal record are guided to explore other options. Depending on the nature of the offence, options may include applying for a pardon. Any associated cost is the responsibility of the student.
|Tuition Year 1:||$3616.61|
|Tuition Year 2:||$2983.49|
|Student Association Fee:||$172.5|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$177.6|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$459.0|
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.
|Tuition Year 1:||$11700.0|
|Tuition Year 2:||$12650.0|
|Student Association Fee:||$172.5|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$177.6|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$459.0|
*These prices are for international students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.
Students interested in enroling in our Aboriginal Education Support Worker program should be aware of the workload involved. As a full-time student, you are required to spend approximately 30 hours per week in the classroom. You will also have several hours of homework each evening. As a general guideline:
There are two practicums in this program,
Credit can be awarded for one or more courses in this program through Flexible Assessment.
"My journey through the Aboriginal Education Support Worker program taught me that Aboriginal people in Canada are choosing to walk a higher path. The program has prepared me to help Aboriginal families to achieve their best."
"The Aboriginal Education Support Worker program provided an excellent opportunity for me to get the education I wanted online. My success was due, in part, to the faculty who were willing to go above and beyond to help me."
Categories: Health & Human Services, University Studies, Indigenous
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