Next Start Dates: December 02, 2019 || January 06, 2020

38 Weeks of In-Class Instruction | 4 Week Practicum

Monthly Intake

Program Description

Our Education Assistant program prepares students to be an agent of change and support in diverse and inclusive classrooms. Students will be equipped with a set of knowledge and skills that are needed to fully understand the social, behavioural and academic needs of the learners in private and public schools as well as other learning institutions.

Diploma

Education Assistant

38 Weeks

Course Duration

Calgary & Online

Program Location

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Alberta High School Diploma, verified by transcript, or non-Alberta equivalent OR
  • General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D) and ALL of the following criteria:
  • Successful interview with school administration
  • Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 if students’ first language is not English,
  • Provide a clear criminal record check prior to beginning practicum 

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Successful result on Wonderlic test with passing score of 20
  • Successful interview with school administration
  • Provide a clear criminal record check prior to beginning practicum

*Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 is required if Students’ first language is not English. Applies to both standard and mature admissions.*

 

Course Components:

    Academic Writing and Grammar (80 hours)

    This course is a comprehensive development and practice in the rhetorical modes while integrating instruction in reading, grammar, critical thinking, and vocabulary development. Developing Composition Skills focuses students on narrating, describing, analyzing, comparing and contrasting, classifying, and evaluating at the paragraph level and offers a complete introduction that bridges the gap between the paragraph and the essay level. Refining Composition Skills develops essay writing skills needed for success at the college level by thoroughly reviewing and presenting the following rhetorical modes: compare and contrast, example, classification, process analysis, cause and effect, and argument.

    Microsoft Office (80 hours)

    This course is designed for the students to have a strong understanding and hands-on experience using integrated programs of Microsoft Office.  This course will enhance the skills of the students on the basic features of Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint and to integrate a date between the applications.

    Child and Adolescents Development (80 hours)

    The focus of the course will be a general overview of developmental psychology, and broad themes such as cognitive, social, emotional, moral, physical, and language development from early childhood to late adolescence.

    Introduction to Curriculum development, Instructional Strategies and Assistive Technology in the Classroom (80 hours)

    The focus of this course will be on the use different types of instruction strategies to plan, execute and strengthen teaching methods that promote social and intellectual development. Child learning and effective school/classroom leadership skills will be emphasized. Group exercises will be used to help students design curriculum plans and explore the best methods of implementing them in a classroom setting.

    This course will also emphasize on the integration of assistive technology to the curriculum and how assistive technology can be used in schools to enhance the teaching and learning of students with challenges. 

    Inclusive and Differentiated Classroom (80 hours)

    This course provides the learners strong background in understanding the nature of diverse (special needs) classroom environment and will be able to develop curriculum and strategies that is more inclusive and help their future students meet learning targets set by the education ministry.

    Assessment and Behavioural Management (80 hours)

    This course is focus on conducting and recording assessment of the students’ behaviour or emotional and learning challenges.  The learners will explore different behavioural strategies and develop behavioural management goals.  Upon this course, the students will be able to design group behaviour support strategies for general and special education classrooms.

    Non Violent Crisis Intervention (80 hours)

    This course is a program developed to educate the learners on how to approach care, welfare, safety, and security of everyone involved in a crisis situation. Students will be given skills to safely respond to various levels of risk behaviour while balancing the responsibilities of care.

    Language and Literacy (80 hours)

    This course will provide the learners critical examinations on how to help children read and write, particularly in ELL contexts. The learners will have opportunities to explore different issues related to teaching literacy to young children including oral and written language development, emergent literacy/biliteracy, reading fluency, reading comprehension, phonics and vocabulary development, early writing acquisition, differentiation of instruction, children’s literature, and assessment in early literacy, effective reading and writing strategies, parental involvement and reading-writing connections.

    Practicum/ Working in diverse learning settings (160 hours Full Time)

    This is a two part course consisting of bi-weekly seminars and a 30 day practicum experience in diverse learning institutions (Accredited Grade Schools and Pre-schools).  The seminar part will give learners the opportunity to discuss practicum experiences and explore room for improvements.  The practicum section of this course is designed to give the student an opportunity to continue working as an education assistant and make further connections between theory and practice.

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