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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Educational Support – Fast Track Intensive

Help students with special needs achieve academic and social success.

Sheridan’s Educational Support Fast Track Intensive program prepares you to work in a school setting supporting students with special needs.

Fast-track your career

This program was designed specifically for those who have completed university or college programs. It is also open to those already working in the school system as Educational Assistants who wish to further their understanding of exceptionalities in Ontario classrooms and obtain an Ontario College Diploma.

Things you'll do and learn

  • Support students with special needs using modified curricula and materials created to accommodate their diverse strengths and developmental needs.
  • Respond to and assist with personal care needs of students in educational settings from kindergarten through high school.
  • Work as part of the educational team with specialists and family members.

Field placements

In Semesters 1 and 2, you'll be placed in a school where you'll support students with special needs in the classroom. Sheridan arranges the field placement experience for you. During your placement experience, you'll encounter students with a range of exceptionalities including physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, behavioural disorders, visual or hearing impairments and autism.

In this program, you'll also:

  • Use assistive technology and other educational resources to implement individualized educational goals.
  • Report information related to the learning environment.
  • Maintain a safe and professional environment that promotes the well being of the student with special needs.
  • Support inclusion of the student to aid his or her social development and sense of belonging.

You’ll learn from professors with specialized graduate degrees and who are highly experienced in the field of special education. Your Educational Support classroom activities will include:

  • Group seminars and cooperative learning.
  • Reflective practice linked to field placement experiences.
  • Lectures combined with activity-based learning that incorporates the laptop.

Mobile classroom

The Educational Support Fast Track Intensive program uses laptop computers for in-class work and home assignments. All course materials are web-supported, with materials available to you 24/7 through your laptop and the Internet. Your learning opportunities will be greatly enhanced by having increased access to the Internet, learning resources and your classmates.

Flexible learning

The Educational Support Fast Track Intensive program offers course-based registration, which allows you to create your own timetable (based on course availability) by selecting the days/times that work best for you. You can choose to take a full-time course load or study part-time during the day or evening.

Please note that the courses offered in the part-time option are identical to those in the full-time option, and the graduation requirements are the same. However, it will take you longer to complete the diploma on a part-time basis and there may be financial implications to consider. If you are unsure of the financial or academic consequences of attending part-time, you should contact the Program Academic Advisor, the Office of the Registrar or the Student Advisement Centre for more information.


  • Ontario College Diploma

    • Full-time
    • 1 yr (2 semesters)
    • Program code: PEDSI
  • Ontario College Diploma

    • Part-Time
    • Program code: PEDSI