2015.23 Regulation of Special Education AssistantsApril 8, 2015
Submitted by: BCCPAC Board
Be it resolved that
BCCPAC advocates for the creation of an organization similar to the Teacher Regulation Branch to oversee and regulate the conduct of Special Education Assistants.
Proposer’s Position Statement Supporting the Resolution:
Special Education Assistants (SEAs), who are not trained as teachers and do not hold a teaching certificate, work directly in classrooms and assist classroom teachers in supporting the education of children with special needs. SEAs are required to support children with diverse and vastly different needs, ranging from physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioural challenges. Often SEAs work with individual special needs students, typically the most vulnerable children, without the direct supervision of any teacher.
Teacher and SEA interactions with students can have an immense impact on children’s intellectual, emotional and physical development.The Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB), part of the Ministry of Education, was created within a legislative mandate to support the regulatory structure that ensures that educators in the K-12 school systems in British Columbia meet and maintain the standards of competence and conduct required to keep students safe and foster public trust and confidence in the teaching profession.
However, there is no similar provincial organization like the TRB to regulate the conduct of SEAs. Currently, it is left solely to individual School Districts to oversee investigations into allegations of SEA misconduct, and parents have no independent body to appeal School Board decisions regarding the conduct of SEAs.
Ministry of Education, BC School Trustees Association, BC School Superintendent’s Association, BC Teachers’ Federation, Canadian Union of Public Employees (Education), BC Principals and Vice Principals’ Association, BC Teachers’ Council
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