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Working With Children Career Pathway

Discover if working with children and teens is for you. Over two semesters, students complete two 30-level courses and participate in a Mini Practicum at McDougall elementary school. Practical and experiential!


Intro to Working with Special Needs

5 high school credits


This course introduces students to the foundational skills required to effectively contribute to learning teams while providing an introduction to children with exceptionalities by examining characteristics of diversity. Students will explore issues pertinent to children and youth with exceptionalities and how it impacts their learning and development. Through a variety of learning activities, students have the opportunity to build on and expand their own communication skills and practice the interpersonal skills needed to work productively in a variety of educational contexts as Educational Assistants, Social Workers, Teachers, Therapists and Coaches. The roles and responsibilities of the learning team members are identified and explored as they relate to Inclusive Education and supporting all individuals and their needs. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning and self-growth activities. Students will work at an elementary school twice a month to gain practical experience.

Prerequisite: 65% in Grade 12 English

Assistive Technologies | Working with Exceptionalities

5 credits 


This course provides an introduction to assistive/adaptive technologies used to support children and young adults with a diversity of learning needs to achieve success in their learning and work throughout their lives. Students will compare methods used to make decisions about appropriate assistive/adaptive technologies for specific needs and examine their role in this process. They will also develop, maintain and apply the knowledge, skills and attributes that enable them to use technology effectively, efficiently and innovatively in support of student learning. The course emphasizes and reinforces problem solving skills as students develop the ability to support individuals with a variety of technology. Students will work in an elementary twice a month to gain practical experience.  

Prerequisite: 65% in Grade 12 English