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Educational Assistant Certificate

Portage College will continue to monitor the pandemic situation closely and will make adjustments to program delivery depending on guidance from Alberta Health Services and the Ministry of Advanced Education. Based on this announcement, the Educational Assistant program will have online lectures and face-to-face practicums for the 2021-22 academic year.

Our Educational Assistant Certificate has been delivered very successfully online for many years now. One very important aspect of our online program is that students receive live instruction with instructor-led classes. There is a new course each month, and we offer open enrollment, so you can start at any time.

Click here to see the 2021 Welcome from our Program Coordinator!

You can continue to work and still get your education with our live classes - two nights a week from 6:30 - 9:00 P.M. Our highly qualified instructors care about your success. Let us be your guide to a rewarding career!

The one-year Educational Assistant certificate program will prepare you to work alongside teachers in the classroom. You'll study child growth and development, learning strategies, interpersonal skills, and professionalism.

Course content provides the student with knowledge and skills in the areas of child growth and development, learning strategies to support curriculum for diverse learners, interpersonal skills, and working as a professional team member. This program offers a combination of theoretical instruction along with practical experience in an educational setting.

Instructor and students

Practicum
Practicum locations vary. Students may be required to travel to practicum sites and are responsible for arranging their own transportation, accommodation, and childcare.

Career Potential

Graduates of The Educational Assistant Certificate Program qualify for Level 1 Early Childhood Educator Certification through Child Care Staff Certification, Government of Alberta, Children and Youth Services upon completion of their certificate.

Students who obtain 45 hours in an Early Childhood course can apply for Level 1 Early Childhood Educator Certification from the Government of Alberta, Children and Youth Services

Credentials

Certificate

Requirements

Grade 12 or equivalent including;

  • English 30-1 or 30-2 (30 or 33)
  • A score of 12.9 on Nelson Denny Test (if less than 60% in English 30/33 or English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 10C or 10-3, Math 10 (Applied or Pure), Math 10 or 13
  • Criminal Record Check, Child Youth Information System Document (formally CWIS) Alberta Child and Youth Services
  • Please refer to the following link for minimum technical requirements on our Moodle page


Transferability

Transferability to other provincial colleges is available. Some courses are transferable to the Early Learning and Child Care Certificate program. 30 block credit transfer to the Athabasca University BPA program.

Program Start/End Dates
Application is on a continuous basis. Registration is monthly; you can enroll at any point in the academic year if you have the program prerequisites and the course prerequisites.

Location
Online Delivery

Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50

Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $116. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $116.

Other mandatory fees Fall semester

Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Total $193.22

Other mandatory fees Winter semester

Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Total $193.22

Other mandatory fees Spring semester

Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $22.00
Total $164.22

Visit  Portage Bookstore for textbooks and supplies

International Student Fees
Application Fee $160.00

Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $348. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $348.

Other mandatory fees Fall semester

Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Total $193.22

Other mandatory fees Winter semester

Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Total $193.22

Other mandatory fees Spring semester

Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $22.00
Total $164.22

Visit  Portage Bookstore for textbooks and supplies

Tuition Deposit (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs and international only)

Domestic Students - $100
International Students - $500

Need help funding your education? Check out our  funding options.

Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.

students will need regular access to a computer with a webcam and an internet connection. High speed broadband access is highly recommended for the optimal learning experience.

For technical requirements, visit our Moodle page.

Educational Assistant Certificate

  • HUMAN DEVELOPMENT I

    Course ID: ECDE100

    Name: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT I

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    In this course the learner will explore the major theories of human development and will focus specifically on birth to age twelve. Areas of study will include physical, cognitive, emotional and social development.

  • WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

    Course ID: ENGL100

    Name: WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    English 100 emphasizes fundamental English writing skills: grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, and additional mechanics. The Course provides instruction in conducting research, documenting sources of information, avoiding any suspicion of plagiarism, and creating a basic outline to structure and organize ideas in a five paragraph essay. Students will submit all tests and assignments to Moodle for evaluation.

  • INTRODUCTORY LANGUAGE & LITERACY FOR EDUCATION ASSISTANTS

    Course ID: EDAS112

    Name: INTRODUCTORY LANGUAGE & LITERACY FOR EDUCATION ASSISTANTS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will focus on how children develop language and literacy skills in school settings. It will include a history of philosophy in language and literacy learning as well as current practice and trends. Developmentally appropriate practice, language in diverse families, and the role of reading, writing, speaking and listening in literacy will be explored.

  • PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Course ID: EDAS103

    Name: PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Hours: 140

    Credits: 2

    This field practicum consists of full-time supervised placements with appropriately qualified staff for four weeks. Students are placed in daycares, kindergartens, Head Start programs preschool programs and other school classrooms. During the practicum, time is designated for integration seminar activity. Students are expected to integrate course theory in and with field placement experiences.

  • ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EA

    Course ID: EDAS122

    Name: ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EA

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides students with the knowledge required to work professionally and effectively with classroom teachers and in the overall school environment. Students become knowledgeable about professional ethics, ATA policy regarding assistants in the school, school policies and related operational matters, code of conduct, job descriptions, and role clarifications.

  • INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCE

    Course ID: RSER103

    Name: INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCE

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    Interpersonal Communications skills are such a vital part of human services. This course provides learners with an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the basic communication concepts and skills, to examine their everyday communication behaviors and to apply their new knowledge and self-awareness to their own experience. The main goal of this experience is to help learners expand their repertoire of skills for communicating more effectively.

  • OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT

    Course ID: RSER102

    Name: OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    RSER 102 involves the study and development of basic behavioral observation, assessment and program planning strategies that are fundamental to assisting persons with developmental disabilities. Techniques of objective behavioral description, observation and recording of behavior are emphasized.

  • PROGRAM DESIGN

    Course ID: RSER122

    Name: PROGRAM DESIGN

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    RSER 122 is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the principles of applied behavior analysis and its utility in designing behavioral programs within the context of Individual Program Plans (IPPs)/Instructional Support Plan (ISPs). Students will be taught to design and implement plans that assist persons with disabilities to learn new or adapt existing behaviors. Programming strategies considered will be transferable to a wide variety of settings, ages and abilities. It is expected that students will utilize their observation and assessment skills (RSER 102) as a prerequisite to effective program design.

  • DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

    Course ID: RSER101

    Name: DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This is an introductory course to disability studies and provides students with an opportunity to explore the lives of persons with disabilities including families, special needs, diverse characteristics, and life styles.

  • GUIDING BEHAVIOUR

    Course ID: ECDE111

    Name: GUIDING BEHAVIOUR

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    Learners will gain an understanding of the skills required for effective intervention techniques designed to positively and appropriately guide the socio-cultural appropriate behavior of preschool and school age children, thereby, nurturing a safe and healthy environment for children and staff.

  • PRACTICUM II/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Course ID: EDAS123

    Name: PRACTICUM II/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Hours: 140

    Credits: 2

    This practicum is a four-week placement (140 hours) in an assigned educational setting. Students assume duties and responsibilities, as assigned by the practicum on-site supervisor and are responsible for arrangements necessary to complete College expectations and assignments. There is time designated for an online Integration Seminar. Prerequisite: EDAS 103 or have approved advanced credit.

  • INTRODUCTORY MATH LEARNING

    Course ID: EDAS113

    Name: INTRODUCTORY MATH LEARNING

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will focus on developing mathematical concepts, skills and abilities at the pre-math, early math, elementary, middle school math levels and some high school level math. The emphasis will be on the role of the educational assistant in the selection of effective and appropriate strategies used when providing math assistance to students. Curriculum design and programming will include a specific emphasis on mathematical experience.

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