The Educational Assistant program will enable graduates to work in educational settings under the supervision and direction of a teacher, providing support to students who require assistance in developmental, behavioural, and/or learning tasks. Graduates of the Educational Assistant Program will be prepared to work with children in the school system from K-12, in both resource rooms and regular classrooms. Graduates will also be employable in a wide range of out-of-school settings such as early intervention, daycare, Head Start or as private educational supports.
Course work will provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to work effectively with children and teachers in diverse educational settings. Students will learn about human development, speech and language support, remedial math and reading, behavioural management, exceptionalities, interpersonal communication and the role and responsibilities of a paraprofessional in an educational setting.
Practicum is an integral part of this Certificate program and assures that students have the opportunity to apply theory to practice. Practicum in a community outside of Grande Prairie may be available and will be considered on an individual basis.
To be accepted into this Program, you must be 18 years of age or older (or receive special permission from the Department Chairperson) and have a high school diploma with 60 percent in English 30-2 or 50 percent in English 30-1.
You must present a Standard First Aid Certificate and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (Basic Rescuer) prior to practicum. A criminal record check will be required from the RCMP prior to the first practicum as agencies require this of individuals who work in their organizations. Information about obtaining Criminal Record Checks will be provided to students after they have been admitted. For your own personal health, you may wish to ensure that your immunizations are current.
If you are without a high school diploma in English 30-1 or 30-2, please arrange with Student Services for pre-admission assessment.
You may enrol in two courses without admission to the program. Upon successful completion of two courses, if you wish to continue in the program, you will be expected to apply to the program and meet all admission requirements. If you apply to the program after successfully completing two courses and require some upgrading courses to meet admission criteria, you may be granted permission to enrol in two additional courses while completing upgrading. Once you have met all admission requirements and received admission to the program, you will be granted credit toward the Certificate for courses successfully completed prior to admission.
First year (37 credits)
Fall and Winter
- HS1000 Interpersonal Communications (2)
- HS1102 Behavioural and Functional Assessment (3)
- HS1130 English (3)
- HS1202 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Learning (3)
- HS1203 Interpersonal Competence (1)
- HS1217 Language and Literacy (2)
- HS2100 Individuals with Exceptionalities (3)
- HS2440 Human Development: Birth through Adolescence (3)
- TA1231 Speech and Language Interventions (2)
- TA1233 Math Skills and Concepts (1)
- TA1234 The Role of the Para-professional in the Classroom (2)
- TA1235 Practicum (1)
- TA1236 Remedial Reading and Mathematics (3)
- TA1367 Supporting Technology in the Classroom (2)
- One of: TA1232 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (1) or TA1237 Autism Spectrum Disorder (1)
Student academic and practicum performance will be reviewed each semester as required. Students who fail two courses worth two or more credits in a semester will be placed on departmental probation for the following semester. Students who fail any practicum course more than once will not be allowed to continue in the program.
Students who fail three courses worth two or more credits will be required to withdraw for one full semester from the full time program. Readmission to the program on a part time basis will be subject to departmental review. In order to progress in the program, students must achieve a minimum grade of C- on all Educational Assistant courses.
To complete the Certificate requirements, you must achieve a minimum grade of C- in all courses (with the exception of the practicum course in which a grade of CR is required) and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0. You will need to complete program requirements listed to qualify for a Certificate in Educational Assistant. It is recommended that prior to graduation, students participate in a Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training program.
If you meet these requirements, please complete a Parchment Application form, available from Student Services, to receive your Educational Assistant Certificate.