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Educational Assistant

Do you like making meaningful differences in children’s lives? Do you thrive off busy, energy-filled environments? Are you interested in supporting exceptional learners in the classroom? Then a profession as an education assistant would be a great fit for you. Educational Assistants are valued members of the school team. Educational assistants assist with classroom management, instruction and provide one-on-one support for students. Educational Assistants play a key role in the implementation of Individualized Education Plans as well as Behaviour Support Plans for identified students.

Working in education is not only rewarding for you, but also for each and every student that you have the chance to interact with. You will not only be aiding in the development of successful students, but also in the development of outstanding citizens. The Educational Assistant Diploma Program at Campbell College prepares you with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to thrive as an Educational Assistant by providing all students background on the theoretical and practical components of the job. All students will participate in over 400 hours of instruction, accompanied by 120 hours of hands-on learning through an on-site placement.

Program Description:

Educational Assistant (EA) diploma program at Campbell College prepares students for work in the classroom, and for getting a job in the field.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted into the Educational Assistant Diploma Program, you must have your Alberta Grade 12 Diploma or equivalent or have Mature Student Status.

For Mature Student Status, you must be 18 years of age or older and must provide all official transcripts or recognized equivalent GED, a current resume, and a written statement explaining why you are interested in the program. In addition, you must successfully undergo an admission interview administered by the College.

All students must submit Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACRVS) and Provincial Child Abuse Registry (PCAR) check documents prior to attending the practicum. These must be less than six months old at the start of practicum.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

As English is the language of instruction at Campbell College, it is critical that all applicants demonstrate sufficient English Language Proficiency before they can be admitted into the program. Therefore, if your previous education was completed outside Canada and English may or may not have been the medium of instruction, you must submit proof of English language proficiency.

For admission requirements please contact ashleyl@commonwealtheducationgroup.ca.

Funding Options:

Student may be eligible, if qualified, for Federal and Provincial loans, grants or awards. Students may also qualify for EI, Band Funding, MMF Funding or even loans facilitated by us.
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WHAT YOU COULD EARN UNDER A YEAR

$26,312 – $41,600

PROGRAM LENGTH

Instruction : 680 Hours
Practicum : 320 Hours
TOTAL : 1,000 Hours

How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Contact Admissions via email at ashleyl@commonwealtheducationgroup.ca

Courses Covered
Course Duration: 4 hours

Orientation marks a successful beginning of a college program as it assures new students that they made a good decision in their college choice. They will receive a student handbook and be provided with information about the school, the staff, and their classmates. Program policies and procedures will be clearly communicated, questions answered, we will reiterate the importance of the Student Contract expectations, and provide the first of many Student Loan presentations in a group setting. This prepares students with a clear vision about what lies ahead and what can be achieved at the end of their program.

Course Duration: 30 hours
Course Description

In this course students learn to effectively work with children with exceptionalities in a regular classroom setting. Basic terminologies related to inclusive education are discussed to promote an understanding of how one would work independently and collaboratively with a teacher.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the evolution of inclusive education in the school system
  • Understand philosophy of inclusion
  • Follow student’s individual education plan (IEP)
  • Help children realize their potential
  • Advocate for student respect, understanding, and dignity
  • Demonstrate acceptance of and respect for others
Course Duration: 24 hours
Course Description

In this course students become familiar with the setup and function of the school system. The role and responsibilities of the Educational Assistant in the classroom, as part of the educational support system, and within the entire school system are discussed. Students learn how to work with others to perform their responsibilities in an ethical and professional manner.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Support students in the classroom, lunch room, at play, on the school bus, and with personal care
  • Understand hierarchy of authority in the school setting
  • Perform administrative duties (e.g. photocopying, filing)
  • Work independently with minimal supervision
  • Consult with the teacher as necessary to facilitate student learning
  • Assist students in resolving interpersonal conflicts
  • Motivate and encourage student participation
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of appropriate student behaviour and factors that affect behaviour
Course Duration: 30 hours
Course Description

This course covers the basic principles of human growth and development (in terms of physical, cognitive and behavioural development) and provides students with a basic understanding of the various stages involved. Special emphasis is given regarding development during school years. Students will understand the factors influencing student behaviour at different ages, and the roles of culture and traditional values in determining a child’s sense of belonging are explored.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of growth and development
  • Describe the different stages of growth and development
  • Define the normal and typical growth and development of different age groups
Course Duration: 30 hours
Course Description

Students are introduced to factors that lead to an exceptional student designation and the effects of such factors (e.g. disabilities) on the body, health, behaviour, and the learning process. Students learn important strategies and correct terminologies to allow them to work effectively with teachers to ensure exceptional learners achieve set learning outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand different exceptionalities
  • Gain and develop skills to work with special needs students
  • Develop various strategies to communicate with students
  • Foster a community where everyone feels valued
  • Ensure a safe and a socially comfortable environment for all students
  • Follow the clinician’s recommendations
Course Duration: 30 hours
Course Description

In this course students gain an appreciation for the importance of student evaluation and assessment and develop the skills required to effectively assist with student observation, documentation, record keeping, and reporting to the teacher so as to facilitate the assessment process. Students acquire understanding of the policies related to assessment, diagnosis and evaluation, and further develop communication skills to effectively work with teachers, parents and community members.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Document using different methods (e.g. anecdotal, check list, sampling)
  • Observe students to assess their achievements and behaviour
  • Learn to report all incidences to the classroom teacher
  • Keep comprehensive reports
  • Gain skills to keep a daily journal for all student activities
  • Maintain objectivity in observing, documenting, and reporting student matters
Course Duration: 30 hours
Course Description

This course examines concepts related to the learning process for children at different stages of development, including learning styles, and theories of learning. The influence of such factors as the learning environment and individual versus group learning on the learning process for learners with different needs is discussed. Various management and intervention strategies that can be utilized to improve learning, practical techniques to deal with a variety of behavioral challenges, and supervision and tutorial support skills are explored.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand different learning styles and associated strategies to support student needs
  • Provide an environment that is conducive for learning
  • Encourage students to apply their preferred learning style
  • Apply different learning methods to support student learning
Course Duration: 30 hours
Course Description

This course will equip trainees with the knowledge and skills required to effectively help students grow and develop personal skills so that they are better prepared to deal with challenges and/or life changes. Development of social skills and promotion of independence and self-esteem are emphasized.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Evaluate student achievements in life skill activities and report to the teacher
  • Monitor social behaviours of students and alter them when necessary
  • Develop skills to promote student independence
  • Promote student self-esteem
  • Encourage and support social interactions with other students
Course Duration: 30 hours
Course Description

In this course, students learn the stages in language acquisition and development and become familiar with the factors that affect this process. Speech and language disorders and techniques used to improve language development in the classroom are covered.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand different components of language development
  • Promote students milestone at different stages
  • Describe different speech and language disorders
  • Gain skills to communicate with students with language disorders
  • Demonstrate knowledge of different communication aides and their use
Course Duration: 30 hours
Course Description

Students acquire basic skills in current Microsoft Windows applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and in internet use, including email communication. Word skills include creating and saving documents, tools, tables, tabs, and mail merge. Excel skills include tips for entering data, formulas, functions, and charts. PowerPoint skills include creating and delivering presentations effectively.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the functions of the computer lab
  • Gain knowledge on how to enter student data
  • Create educational templates and other resources for smooth student learning
  • Use computer applications for job related matters
Course Duration: 30 hours
Course Description

This course is designed to provide students detailed, yet practical knowledge and skills to work effectively with students with severe learning disabilities. Techniques to help with student learning and how to manage specific behaviours are discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify different learning disabilities
  • Gain an understanding of the different types, and uses of, assistive and adaptive technology
  • Support students with learning disabilities using various strategies
  • Accommodate and modify strategies to support student success
  • Treat students in different way according to their needs
Course Duration: 50 hours
Course Description

Students gain an understanding of the role that social, sensory, and emotional factors play in the expression of specific behaviours. Students acquire knowledge on how behaviour affects the learning process and develop skills to aid in establishing an environment that supports and encourage positive behaviour. Practical techniques to deal with a variety of behavioural problems, including group and individual situations, are explored.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Develop practical skills to deal with a variety of behavioural problems
  • Understand the ABC’s of behaviour
  • Gain an understanding of the different types, and uses of, assistive and adaptive technology
  • Contribute to an effective behaviour management approach
  • Support the teacher in providing behavioural and social support to students
  • Stay calm, and how to assist students during a crisis
  • Follow instructions from the interdisciplinary team
  • Follow the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Deal with a variety of behavioural problems one-one-one, or in a group setting
  • Understand the concepts of power and power struggles
Course Duration: 18 hours
Course Description

In this course ethical practices and professional conduct that Educational Assistants have to abide by in dealing with students, teachers, school staff, and community members are discussed. The basic legal frameworks for the provision of education to all students, irrespective of their learning needs, will be discussed. Students become familiar with ethical issues related to maintaining confidentiality and proper handling of student records.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of ethics and professionalism
  • Maintain confidentiality in handling student records
  • Acknowledge students’ right to different opinions and autonomy
  • Follow instructions as outlined by the teacher or clinician
  • Be responsible and dependable
  • Maintain a respectful work environment
  • Gain basic understanding of the Public Schools Amendment Act (Safe and Inclusive Schools)
  • Gain basic understanding of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as it relates to the provision of education to all students
  • Maintain conduct appropriate of a school setting
Course Duration: 30 hours
Course Description

This course provides information and practical strategies to effectively support student learning in the English Language Arts and Mathematics curriculum areas. Students will acquire knowledge of current Math and English processes and develop positive attitudes towards these subjects that will enable their effective support of students and teachers.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand current Math and English curriculum
  • Help students to adopt different math strategies as outlined by the classroom teacher
  • Assist students in reading, comprehension, and writing
  • Help students experiment with language in expressing ideas
Course Duration: 10 hours
Course Description:

Students will learn how to develop a professional portfolio to demonstrate skills, knowledge, and understanding of their experiences and goals. The critical steps in portfolio development to provide a comprehensive picture of one’s accomplishments will be discussed. Students will learn how to use a portfolio to enhance self-awareness and to prepare for job interviews.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand what a portfolio is and how it is used
  • Know the steps in creating portfolios
  • Develop a professional portfolio
Course Duration: 10 hours
Course Description

In this course students learn how to recognize challenging behaviour and develop different communication strategies to support students in violent and aggressive states to return to a safe learning state. The psychological states that negatively affect a child’s behaviour, interpersonal skills, and ability to learn, are identified.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of WEVAS (Working effectively with violent and aggressive students)
  • Identify psychological states that produce negative behaviours
  • Understand the different communication approaches
  • Develop communication strategies for dealing with various psychological states of a child
  • Foster a safe and caring environment
  • Match communication strategies with a child’s psychological state
Course Duration: 8 hours
Course Description

Delivered in a workshop setting attended by students to obtain a First AID Certificate and CPR-Basic Rescuer certification.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Recognize and respond to cardiovascular and choking emergencies
  • Recognize and respond to allergic reactions
  • Recognize and respond to a seizure episode
  • Attend to minor injuries
Course Duration: 8 hours
Course Description

Allows students to develop the confidence needed to deal with and manage disruptive behavior and potentially violent situations in a safe and non-confrontational manner. Non-Violent Crisis Intervention is a program designed to help develop and improve communication skills to deescalate potentially dangerous situations. It s an integral part of an overall plan to develop safe and caring environments.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Recognize aggressive behavior that may lead to a crisis
  • Develop safety techniques when dealing with aggressive clients
  • Develop therapeutic relationships with aggressive clients
  • Develop communication skills to de-escalate potentially violent situations
Course Duration: 44 hours
Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with strategies they can apply to successful transition into the work force and lead to a successful career. Students will learn how to and where to start the process of searching for a job, and how to develop documents needed for job application. Strategies for effective job application and preparation for a job interview and follow-up are discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Develop and apply job search strategies
  • Prepare effective resumes and various job application cover letters
  • Demonstrate confidence in a job interview
  • Understand the significance and gain the ability to prepare a thank you letter
Course Duration: 80 hours
Course Description

This course will provide an in-depth, advanced coverage of Microsoft Windows applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Students will become proficient using Microsoft Word as a word processor and a desktop publishing tool. Students will learn how to use Microsoft Excel to create and format spreadsheets that will assist in decision making, financial planning and data analysis. By the end of this course, students will have the ability to create, format, edit, print, and save worksheets with headers and footers, images, and charts. This course will provide students with advanced tools to create professional looking presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Create various documents
  • Enhance documents by applying styles
  • Manage long documents
  • Create tables and columns
  • Create templates
  • Use mail merge
  • Design, format, and edit spreadsheets and charts
  • Enter formulas and functions
  • Use logical and financial functions
  • Work with multiple worksheets, outlines, and consolidation
  • Use pivot tables
  • Create, edit, and present slide shows
  • Work with slide and layout masters
  • Add audios and videos
  • Add transitions and animation effects
  • Prepare a speaker-delivered presentation
Course Duration: 60 hours
Course Description

This course will cover comprehensive, contemporary organizational behaviour topics through a flexible hybrid of text and online resources. To further apply what is learned, we will approach organizational behavior from an international perspective and provide a number of real-world examples. It includes the basic theories and elements of organizational behavior, and is a study of the core topics of motivation, leader behavior and power, interpersonal communication, group structure and processes, learning, attitude development and perception, change processes, conflict, work design, and work stress.

Professional workshops will provide the tools for enhanced communication, effective team skills, and problemsolving in the workplace. These important skills will build greater confidence and professionalism needed to grasp the concepts of both group and individual performance and activity within an organization, secure employment, and necessary for job maintenance and advancement.

The following topics will be covered in direct correlation with the organizational behaviour text chapters:
  • Brainstorming and Developing Group Norms
  • Assumptions and Perceptions
  • Emotional Management
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Personality Dimensions
  • Values Clarification
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Developing Teamwork Skills
  • Becoming an Effective Leader
  • Developing Assertiveness
  • Anger/Impulse Management
  • Stress Management
  • Resolving Conflicts with Others
  • Cross Cultural Relations and Diversity Awareness
  • Using Positive Political Skills
  • Enhancing Ethical Behaviour
Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the important system components of an organization
  • Describe the cultural differences in motivation
  • Identify the factors that influence group behaviour
  • Describe how empowerment relates to self-managed teams
  • Explain how organizations can improve the quality of decisions through participation
  • Discuss the differences between leadership and management and between leaders and managers
  • Identify five styles of conflict management
  • Gain personal and professional skills directly related to the theoretical content
Course Duration: 4 hours
Course Description

Twice throughout the program the students will have one-on-one reviews to discuss marks, attendance, and progress. Unscheduled reviews will be performed should there be any issues regarding attendance, progress, etc. They will also participate in a mock interview to prepare them for their practiucm interview.

Course Duration: 320 hours

The practicum provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in class to a classroom setting. Students work full time under the supervision of the teaching staff with their progress being monitored closely by the program instructor. Development of positive and collaborative attitudes is emphasized.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Acquire real life experience in a classroom environment
  • Put concepts learned in class into practice
  • Gain skills using a variety of in-house software and technology not covered in class
  • Develop the skills to work and interact with other educators and stakeholders
  • Develop the skills to work and interact with students
  • Gain important work experience to support employment opportunities
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