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Call for Training Participants in Special Education Clinical Disciplines

The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre through the Special Education and Training Institute is inviting applications for the following training programs in Special Education Clinical Disciplines in the areas of:

  1. Speech Language Pathology (SLP), a course-based master’s program of training which is designed to develop competencies in the prevention, evaluation, treatment and management of articulation, language, fluency, voice and resonance disorders. The program will also focus on the fundamental practices of audiology which is concerned with the identification, assessment, and rehabilitation of individuals with hearing disorders. However, this program does not qualify students to work as audiologists. The program is designed to provide students with the academic and clinical education required for SLP certification by provincial and national professional associations. Graduates from the program will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of learning principles; normal processes of speech, hearing and language; factors and conditions which cause and perpetuate disorders of speech, hearing, and language; and theoretical and methodological issues in the rehabilitation of communicative disorders in children and adults.
    University Entrance Requirements for the Master’s Degree in SLP:
    – Four year Undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.3 GPA in last 60 credit hours
    – Graduate Record Examination (G.R.E.)
    – Pre-requisite courses

 Note: this program will be delivered on a full time basis.

  1. Occupational Therapist (OT) is a dynamic and growing profession that promotes the health and well-being of individuals, groups, and communities. Fundamental to the profession of Occupational Therapy is the concept of occupation. Occupation is everything people do to occupy themselves, such as caring for oneself or others, being productive at home, work or school, and enjoying life. Occupational Therapists are Education professionals who enable individuals, groups, or communities to lead more productive, satisfying and independent lives. Occupational Therapists have the skills to overcome the barriers that interfere with a person’s ability to do the activities that are important to them. These problems may be a result of injury, disease, social disadvantage, or the environment.
    University Entrance Requirements for the Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy:
    – Three or Four year Undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA in last 60 credit hours
    – Pre-requisite courses

Note: this program will be delivered on a full time basis.

  1. Reading Clinician is a master of education program in language and literacy and is a broad specialty encompassing preschool to post-secondary levels. The purpose of the program is to develop a theoretical background and promote skills that will enable students to address literacy difficulties at the school level. Language investigation may also include social, political and cultural issues. Literacy educators are also interested in early language development, reading diagnosis and remediation, and the use of language to learn at all levels and in all content areas. Programs can be designed so that graduates can qualify for certification as Reading Clinicians. [Note: Reading Clinician requirements are determined by Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning.] University Entrance Requirements for the Master’s Degree in Education Literacy and Language
    – Bachelor of Education Class 4 or 5 degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA in last 60 credit hours

Note: this program will be delivered on a part time basis.

  1. School Psychologist practices assessment, intervention, and consultation to help improve the educational and overall life experiences of children who struggle with learning, social or emotional difficulties including trouble with attention, self-awareness, and other areas of difficulty. School Psychologists work in schools, private practice settings, and educational support organizations and provide direct services to students along with consultative services to teachers and families to support children.

         University of Manitoba (Full Time Program) Entrance Requirements:      

  • All students applying for a Master’s degree program must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B or equivalent) in the last two full years (60 credit hours) of study
  • Four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent)
  • CV/Resume
  • Statement of Intent
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Note: this program will be delivered on a full time basis. 

          University of Calgary (Part Time Program) Entrance Requirements:

  • All students applying for a Master’s degree program must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B or equivalent) in the last two full years (60 credit hours) of study
  • Four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent)
  • CV/Resume
  • Statement of Intent
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • 10 Pre-requisite courses at the upper-level undergraduate psychology or educational psychology.
  • Note: this program will be delivered on a part time basis.

Final Selection of candidates will be determined through an interview process. The interview committee will be comprised of the Special Education Working Group. The SEWG is comprised of 2 Education Directors from the north and 2 Education Directors from the south and representatives from MFNERC.

Chosen candidates for the training programs will:

  • Sign a service agreement to provide clinical services to Manitoba First Nations communities through the MFNERC,
  • Be a Manitoba First Nations citizen (documentation may be required),
  • Be willing to relocate, and
  • Be able to begin taking prerequisites starting January 2017; some students will be required to complete the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) by December 15, 2017.

Supports Offered to Selected Candidates

  • Living allowance for full-time students
  • Costs for tuition and books and materials
  • Relocation costs
  • Supplemental costs will be available upon request
  • Financial support for completion of the pre-requisite component.

Start Date: January 1, 2017

Deadline for Applications:  November 10, 2016

Selected applicants must complete all prerequisite courses to the program of selection and satisfy the entry requirements of the graduate studies program.

Prerequisite courses will begin January 2017 and must be completed by December 2017.

Please include in your application:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation
  • Most recent post-secondary transcript

Applications must specify the program of interest.

For more information please contact

Derek Courchene at 1-866-319-4857; 204-594-1290, ext. 2047

Email: derekc@mfnerc.com

 

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