Education Assistant Professional Certificate
As an Education Assistant you will assist teachers in the delivery of appropriate instruction and provide students with learning support. Support may in the areas of learning, behavioural challenges, physical and self-care and supervision. Educational Assistants may also work with individuals with exceptionalities in various agencies and learning institutions supporting students in developing life skills, employment skills, and other related skills that help individuals to be independent and self-supporting.
This 6-month (25 week) program prepares you for careers working in educational settings such as public and private schools, early intervention programs, child care centres, private agencies, and other learning institutions that provide support/service to children, youth, and adults with exceptionalities. Education Assistants can be up to $62,000 per year to start. Be employment ready in 6 months!
Why choose Columbia College’s Education Assistant Certificate program?
- Columbia College has been successfully preparing Education Assistants since 1995. We know what you need to learn to be an Education Assistant that employers value.
- You will learn theory that gives you a solid foundation in such areas as child development, approaches to learning, behaviour management, working with various exceptionalities, and supporting instruction across the curriculum and planning for inclusion.
- You will put theory into practice through 150 hours of practicum experience and 10 hours of practicum seminars. We have built a solid reputation with our practicum sites that will help you get a practicum placement and opportunity for employment.
- Get additional training to be work ready – you will receive Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training certification as part of your practicum preparation.
- We prepare you for success in our program. We offer you tuition-free College Skills for Success Program (20 hours) prior to the start of your program. We don’t leave anything to chance.
- You can transfer your courses to our Human Services Diploma and add to your credentials. In our diploma you will experience further in-depth courses in areas such as: How to work with children with FASD and children with Autism; how to support ESL learners; instructional support in Mathematics, etc. Check out our Human Services Diploma.
This program is licensed by the Private Vocational Training Branch of the Alberta Government.
2016 – 2017: 94% graduation rate
2016 – 2017: 76% employment rate
- The Education Assistant Program is a 6-month (25 weeks) employment ready certificate program. An accelerated program! Be out quickly and start earning a salary.
- Complete 10 course requirements in six months that would take one year in a traditional delivery model.
- Full time and Part-time course-by-course options.
- Our program prepares you to work with children, youth, and adults.
- The program consists of 5 week semesters and you will be enrolled in 2 courses at a time with 39 hours of instruction per course.
- Additional Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training
- You will link theory and practice through a 150-hour practicum in your specific area of interest and an additional 10 hours of practicum workshops.
- Career and Employment Support.
- Students who successfully complete all program requirements will be awarded an Education Assistant Certificate. Graduates may transfer completed courses for course credit to the Columbia College Human Services Professional Diploma – Education specialization. You will continue onward through additional course work to complete a Human Services Diploma designation.
The aim of our practicum placement is for you to gain experience and employment as an Education Assistant. You will be required to complete 150 hours of practicum experience over the six months you are in the program. This provides you with valuable hands-on experience in the field and prepares you for your future. You will benefit from the relationships Columbia College has built over time for placements where organizations value the maturity of our students and their acquired knowledge and skills. You will also have the additional experience of attending 12 hours of practicum workshops to prepare you for employment. Part of your Practicum and work preparation will involve Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training.
- Attend Columbia College’s tuition-free online College Skills for Success course before the start of your program.
- Current Police Security Clearance with Vulnerable Sector Search (prior to starting the program)
- Child Intervention Check (prior to starting the program)
- Standard First Aid and CPR Level C Training (prior to starting practicum – by the end of the first semester)
- An Admission interview to determine suitability for the profession and possibility for success in the program.
Other Admission Considerations
- Do your academic skills need to be upgraded to meet admission entry requirements?
If your academic skills need to be improved in one or more areas, the student may be referred to Columbia College’s Academic Preparation – College Prep (free courses). See Continuing Education – Academic Preparation – College Prep.
- English Proficiency Requirement
For applicants whose first language is not English, please refer to the English Language Proficiency Requirements section.
- Are you working or have worked in this field?
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) recognizes this non-formal learning, and you may not need to take all the courses in this program. We will assess your experience in determining what courses you need to take to become certified. Read more in the PLAR Guidelines 2016 document.
- Do you have courses to transfer from another college or university?
If you have taken courses at another college or university, these courses may be transferable to this certificate program.
- Admission is offered on a first-qualified, first-accepted basis. A wait-list may be established. Columbia College reserves the right to grant or refuse admission to any applicant.
Please click here to view the student handbook for the Education Assistant Professional program.
Course List and Descriptions
For a full list of courses and course descriptions for this program, please click here.
Columbia College’s tuition and general fees come into effect August 1 of each year.
For more information about tuition and the Columbia College Tuition chart, please click here.
Refund of Tuition Fees
Please refer to the Student Contract of Tuition form for details of tuition refund policy. This form is available from this program’s Student Admission Advisor.
January 2, 2018
May 22, 2018
September 4, 2018
How to Register
For details on applying or reapplying to this program, please refer to the Admissions page.
To graduate from Education Assistant program, students must successfully complete each course, earn 33 credits, and achieve an overall program grade point average of 2.0.
Board of Advisors
Tobias Mwandala, MSW, RSW, Chair, Director Human Services Programs, Columbia College
Lindsay Hillier, CPHR, Recruitment Consultant, Calgary Board of Education (CBE)
Tom Brinsmead, Supervisor, Diverse Learning Calgary Catholic School District (CSSD)
Jane McKeown, Supervisor, Early Intervention Program, Foothills Creative Beginnings – Cochrane and Calgary
Lyndon Chubbs, M.Ed, CPHR, Manager of Human Resources, Rockyview Schools
Marian Bobak, Vice Principal, Calgary Quest School
Lucy Dooley, M.Ed., Education Assistant Practicum Advisor, Columbia College
Naveeda Kousar, Columbia College Education Assistant Professional Certificate Alumnus
Kim Palmer, Principal, Phoenix Education Foundation
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