Educational Assistant

Diploma Program – 31 Weeks (25hrs/week)

Admission Requirements:

  • Grade 12 or equivalent or Mature Student Status
    (at least 19 and out of school for one year).
  • Courses are open to any applicant who possesses a
    good command of the English language and is able
    to follow instruction.
  • An admissions interview will be administered to
    determine if the applicant has the required interest,
    motivation, and entry-level skills to take this

Career Opportunities:

  • Early intervention program
  • Kinder garden to grade 12 public, separate & private schools
  • After school programs
  • Child care centres
  • Summer camps and day programs
  • Home schooling environments

Program Objective

This diploma program is designed to prepare students for working in the education field. The objective is to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue employment as an Educational Assistant. During the duration of the program, participants will be acquainted with the various disciplines theories and best practices related to child development, children learning processes and teaching techniques, classroom management and student supervision. The program also covers the different roles the Educational Assistant plays in both the special education and early childhood.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist students with assignments under direct supervision of classroom teacher
  • Monitor and report to classroom teacher on student progress
  • Assist in preparation learning materials, tests and worksheets
  • Accompany and supervise students during activities in school gymnasiums, laboratories, libraries, resource centres and on field trips
  • Assist special needs students
  • Help prepare classroom displays and bulletin boards
  • Operate or assist teacher in operating audio-visual and office equipment
  • Carry out behaviour modification, personal development and other therapeutic programs under supervision of professionals such as special education instructors, psychologists or speech-language pathologists
  • Work with special needs students using various techniques such as sign language, Bliss symbols or Braille
  • Monitor students during recess
  • Assist in school library or office and perform other duties assigned by school principal

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Method of Delivery

Integrated Learning System training facilitated by Academy of Learning College facilitators.

Personal Attributes Required

  • Strong communication skills
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Empathetic
  • Positive Attitude
  • Ethical & professional
  • Detail oriented

Program Notes

Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.


Business Correspondence level 1

Develop the skills and style mechanics needed to produce personal and office correspondence.

Introduction to Keyboarding

Learn about the components of the computer and keyboard, as well as the seating, posture, and hand positioning necessary for efficient keyboarding.

Keyboard Skill Building Level 1

Students will increase key recognition and build confidence using the keyboard, while improving speed and accuracy.

Punctuation and Writing Skills

Learn punctuation rules, commonly misspelled and confusing words, English grammar, and elements of effective writing style.

Child Development and Human Behaviour

Explore how a child’s mind and body change with growth. You’ll also learn how physical growth influences intellectual and social development. You’ll discover the major milestones of normal development in children between the ages of three and young adulthood and find out how vision, hearing, coordination, and attention span influence learning readiness.

Skill for the Effective Teacher Aide

In this study unit, you’ll learn about the three of the most important skills a teacher aide can have: communication, planning, and teamwork. Regardless of whether you specialize at the elementary level, the senior high level, you’ll need to use all three of these skills to work.

Enhancing Children’s Self-Esteem

In this study unit, you’ll discover just how important a healthy self-image is to a person’s happiness and ability to cope with life circumstances—both as a child and as an adult. You’ll learn that by fostering in children a sense of self-worth and self-respect, you enable each child to better fulfill his or her unique, individual potential.

How Children Learn

In this study unit, you’ll discover more about the exciting process of learning. You’ll find out what experts know about how we learn. You’ll see how people learn through their five senses and through certain types of learning styles.

Children, Families, Society

In this study unit, you’ll explore new issues concerning children based on your knowledge of child development and behavior. You’ll learn how the social environment affects a child’s development and behavior. You’ll explore children’s reactions to events in their lives such as divorce, custody, and homelessness. You’ll also learn to identify behaviors that may signal stress in children.

Helping Abused Children

This study unit begins by exploring the history of abuse and showing how society and adults from ancient times to modern-day treated children. You’ll learn the types of abuse. And finally, you’ll learn how to be sensitive to the behavioral and physical signs that a child may suffer from abuse, and what to do should a child come to you for help.

First Aid /CPR

First Aid /CPR (Level C) This course serves as an introduction to First Aid, concentrating on CPR skills, controlling bleeding, treating shock, and respiratory emergencies (this is a mandatory in-person training Certification Course).

Non Violent Crisis Intervention

Non Violent Crisis Intervention is a program designed to teach individuals how to deal with disruptive behavior in a non violent, non intrusive manner.

Windows Level 1

This course covers the basic concepts and most commonly used features and functions of Windows 10. The course will walk you through performing basic operations such as opening applications, using Help and shutting down the computer. Additionally, you will learn to set up user accounts, create and use custom keyboard shortcuts, personalize and organize the working space, and use the Action Centre. The course will also provide you with hands-on experience on how to connect, use and update devices, use File Explorer to manage files and folders, as well as navigate the internet using various browsers, including Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Word Level 1

In this course, students learn to create, navigate, and organize documents and use the help functions. They learn to edit and manipulate text, view and format documents, and use Word’s predefined functions. Students use the Find and Replace feature, use proofing and language tools, create, format and modify tables, work with hyperlinks and cross-references, and learn how to preview and print a document.

Microsoft Word Level 2

Intermediate Microsoft Word. Learn how to edit and add formatting and special characters, create envelopes and labels, perform mail merges, develop tables of contents and tables of figures, and more.

Microsoft Excel Level 1

In this course, students learn to create and manage worksheets and workbook files; enter data and create basic formulas to perform calculations. They learn to edit and manipulate cell content, modify worksheet structure, view and format worksheets, and use Excel’s predefined functions. Students use the Find and Replace feature, use themes to format workbooks and practise preparing, previewing, and printing worksheets.

Microsoft Excel Level 2

Intermediate Microsoft Excel. Learn how to create and format charts, name ranges, sort, filter, and consolidate data.

Outlook Level 1

Beginner Microsoft Outlook. Learn how to manage email, contacts, scheduling and tasks in Microsoft Outlook.

Microsoft Access Level 1

This course teaches students the fundamentals of the Microsoft Access application. In this course, students examine database objects and learn to manage data in a database. They learn to sort and filter data, display and format data, and use simple queries to retrieve data. Students learn to create and modify databases and tables and work with simple forms and reports.

PowerPoint level 1

Beginner Microsoft PowerPoint. Students learn to create, manage, and save presentations. They will also learn to insert different things into PowerPoint and add transitions and animations to create dynamic presentations.

Internet Fundamentals

This course explores the various components of the Internet using Microsoft Internet Explorer. They learn how to customize the Internet Explorer browser, and examine the Web, e-mail, blogs, discussion groups, social media, chatting, multimedia and other web technologies.

Classroom Management Techniques

This study unit looks at the basic philosophy that classroom management is essential to the learning process.

Overview of Teaching Techniques

This study unit deals with the different teaching techniques that are used in the classroom. You’ll be able to apply the techniques presented in this study unit to almost any classroom situation, reading a story, helping with mathematics, conducting a discussion group, preparing the classroom environment, tutoring one-on-one, or supervising small groups with their studies.

Student Supervision

In this study unit, you’ll explore your future role as a student supervisor, both within the classroom and outside it. You’ll learn about how a good supervisor relates to students and to coworkers. Furthermore, you’ll learn many practical techniques that you can use in different situations in the years to come.

Early Childhood Education & Afterschool Day Care Programs

In this study unit, you’ll learn about early childhood, and the types of schools that are available to children between three and eight years of age. You will learn that early childhood students have very special educational needs and how to meet those needs.

Teacher Aide in the Special Education Setting

In this study unit, you’ll learn about working with special needs children. Children with physical or mental challenges — often learn very effectively in regular classrooms. The teacher aide is especially important in classrooms that have special needs students because these children may need more one on one attention.

Language and Other Barriers

One purpose of this study unit is to discuss the language barriers and other challenges that teachers, teacher vaides, and students may encounter when learning in a multicultural and diverse environment. Understanding, acceptance, and positive interactions are the building blocks of an antibiased education.

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