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Educational Assistant Diploma

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 Department will have online lectures and face-to-face practicums for the 2021-22 academic year.

Our Educational Assistant Diploma has been delivered very successfully online for many years now. One essential 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 that you can start at any time.

Click here to see the 2021 Welcome video 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!

Building on the foundations of the Educational Assistant Certificate, learning in this program will explore the historical and philosophical influences on current best practices in school-age educational programming, examine the sociology of the Canadian family, develop specialized practice in supporting programming for children with exceptionalities and developmental disabilities, expand understanding and strategies in the areas of mathematics and language learning, and strengthen insights and approaches for working effectively as a contributing team member in planning and supporting school-age learning. This program offers a combination of theoretical instruction along with practical experience in an educational setting.

Instructor reading with students

Practicum
Practicum locations vary. Students may be required to travel to practicum sites and arrange their own transportation, accommodation, and childcare.

Career Potential

Graduates of The Educational Assistant Diploma Program qualify for Level 2 Early Childhood Educator Certification through Child Care Staff Certification, Government of Alberta, Children and Youth Services upon completion of their diploma.

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

Credentials

Diploma

Requirements

  • Successful completion of Educational Assistant Certificate from Portage College or another provincial college
  • College transcripts
  • Criminal Record Check and Child Welfare Prior Involvement Check
  • Please refer to the following link for minimum technical requirements for our Moodle site


Transferability

Transferability to other provincial colleges is available. Some courses are transferable to the Portage College Early Learning and Child Care Diploma program. 60 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 Diploma

  • CHILDREN WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES

    Course ID: ECEA209

    Name: CHILDREN WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides learners with knowledge of various types of exceptionalities and with skills to assist in developing appropriate programming strategies for children with exceptional needs and abilities. Student will learn appropriate intervention techniques and how to utilize these when working individually with children and integrated settings. Inclusive education is studied as it relates to Alberta classrooms.

  • ADVANCED STUDIES IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

    Course ID: RSER201

    Name: ADVANCED STUDIES IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course builds on RSER 101 and focuses on developing a greater understanding and appreciation for the multifaceted aspects of developmental disabilities.

  • ADVANCED PROGRAM DESIGN

    Course ID: EDAS 221

    Name: ADVANCED PROGRAM DESIGN

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course allows the student to expand skills in supporting the designing of effective programs for challenging behaviours. Emphasis will be placed on program planning that will address inclusive practices.

  • EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION

    Course ID: ECEA201

    Name: EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course focuses on the historical perspectives which have contributed to, and have influenced, the current philosophies and practices in the early childhood field today. With an emphasis on Alberta Education and Early Childhood Services and initiatives, this course explores various contemporary program models.

  • SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

    Course ID: ECEA206

    Name: SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will provide the learner with knowledge of Family types from the lone parent to the combined families; trends and issues that affect Canadian Families; family development from courtship through marriage; factors that affect the family unit including aging, divorce, second marriages, work responsibilities and others; and social factors such as poverty, alcoholism and abuse that may impact the family.

  • PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Course ID: EDAS203

    Name: PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Hours: 140

    Credits: 2

    This practicum provides students with experiences in school-based programs. The practicum focuses on the application of increased knowledge of developmentally appropriate programming, child development theory, and effective communication with children. During the practicum, time is designated for an online Integration Seminar. Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed EA certificate program.

  • ADVANCED CURRICULUM IN MATH

    Course ID: EDAS213

    Name: ADVANCED CURRICULUM IN MATH

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    Students will gain an advanced perspective on numeracy and the development of appropriate curriculum. This course focuses on developing strategies to assist children with math skills in each of the four math strands outlined by Alberta Education. The emphasis will be on the role of the Educational Assistant in selecting effective and appropriate strategies while providing math assistance to students.

  • CHILD HEALTH

    Course ID: ECDE210

    Name: CHILD HEALTH

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and skills for maintaining and enhancing individual health and wellness for the educator and child. A look at the holistic approach with the concept of wellness and health will be studied. Health issues such as safe administering of medication, nutrition and meal planning, illness prevention and treatment, provision of personal care, healthy living including obesity, physical activity and maltreatment, agencies and procedures related to these, safety both at the workplace and outdoors, policies, and good hygiene are reviewed.

  • ADVANCED BEHAVIORAL GUIDANCE FOR THE EA

    Course ID: EDAS211

    Name: ADVANCED BEHAVIORAL GUIDANCE FOR THE EA

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    Students build advanced skills and effective intervention techniques designed to effectively manage persistent problem behavior in school settings. This course will include an in-depth analysis of contemporary theories on child guidance.

  • ADVANCED LANGUAGE & LITERACY DEVELOPMENT

    Course ID: EDAS212

    Name: ADVANCED LANGUAGE & LITERACY DEVELOPMENT

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    In this course students learn appropriate strategies for enhancing reading, writing, speaking and listening. These skills include early literacy intervention, reading comprehension, word attack skills, expressive story reading, and spelling strategies. Students will develop materials and teaching strategies to effectively assist children with reading and writing.

  • PRACTICUM II/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Course ID: EDAS223

    Name: PRACTICUM II/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Hours: 140

    Credits: 2

    Students are placed in a school setting where they assume duties and responsibilities as prescribed by the practicum site. This is the final practicum in the diploma program (140 hours) and students are expected to perform as a regular employed EA would be expected to perform

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