(In-Class and Online)
910 hours (In-Class)
720 hours (Online)
The Education Assistant Diploma program provides students with the necessary skills, knowledge and real-life experiences to work with individuals with disabilities in an educational setting.
This program focuses on the most prevalent disabilities and their developmental, functional and educational impacts on an individual. The goal of the program is to fully equip and prepare students to work with individuals with special needs using various support and educational strategies to aid their learning.
Education Assistants need to have a detailed understanding of a given disability, as well as a rich arsenal of knowledge in educational and developmental strategies. This is why education becomes a crucial component that prepares future Education Assistants for a successful career.
Upon completion of the Education Assistant course, students will be able to:
Graduates of the Education Assistant Diploma course will be able to obtain a position as an Educational Assistant in either private or public school settings. Other educational fields include:
The demand for education assistants, either provincially or in each specific school district, is dependent on the budget priorities, student enrollment, inclusion policies, and other hiring factors. Qualifications and hiring processes for education assistants may vary between the School Districts.
Engaging introduction to the essential topics in psychology. Through the study of human behaviour and mind, students will gain insights into the history of the field of psychology and will explore the past and current theories in such areas as cognition, motivation and wellness.
Students will increase their current knowledge of human development in the domains of physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth from infancy to adolescence.
Introducing students to a variety of low and high incidence disabilities, such as visual and hearing impairments, significant developmental delays, complex health issues, serious physical impairments and multiple disabilities.
Continuation of Disability Studies I. It will cover more disorders and syndromes that can be seen in a classroom today.
Introducing students to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their prevalence, history, current treatment methods, strategies and interventions. Students will put together resource materials for future use in their field.
Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), their prevalence and history, as well as strategies and interventions. Students will continue to build resource materials for future use in their field.
The main purpose of this extensive course is to introduce students to evidence-based positive practices and interventions for students with challenging behaviours. Emphasis will be placed on Applied Behaviour Analysis, Positive Behaviour Supports and Functional Behavioural Assessments (POPARD).
Introduction to the many forms of dyslexia and the educational options available. Emphasis is on the Orton Gillingham Approach.
Students will be introduced to different technologies, including low, mid and high-tech options that will assist students in navigating their world to achieve academic and social success.
Students will attend certification workshops that include Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI), First Aid, Assessment of Basic Language and Learning skills (ABLLs), Touch Math and Personal Care skills.
Over four weeks, students will gain the practical experience necessary to work effectively in a classroom, assisting teachers in supporting the students with a wide range of abilities. Students will have an opportunity to work at a level comparable to that of employable education assistants. The field practicum is available in private and public schools, elementary through secondary grades. Evaluation assignments must be completed.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applicants should also provide the following additional documents:
For more details, please see our Admissions Policy.
Tuition fees for this program are due and payable at least 30 days prior to the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided that they produce documentary proof at least 30 days prior to the cohort start date.
All formats of the program are eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and bank financing. However, students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and are advised to contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.
Application and tuition fees for this program are as follows:
Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of the required textbooks. The approximate textbook fee is $875.