Our program is delivered fully online and prepares you to work alongside teachers in the classroom. You'll study child growth and development, learning strategies, interpersonal skills, and professionalism. This program offers a combination of theoretical instruction along with practical experience in an educational setting.
One important aspect of our program is that students receive live instruction with instructor-led classes. There is a new course each month, and open enrolment, so you can start at any time. The Program is delivered two nights a week from 6:30 - 9:00 P.M (Monday and Tuesday).
Practicums can be arranged in a school setting of your choice.
Unfortunately, at this point in time, this program is not available to international students. Please click the link to view all of our international students programs.
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
Use this chart to check Provincial high school equivalencies accepted at Portage College. Note: This is just a guide.
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.You must apply, pay the application fee and meet the entrance requirements by the application deadline for the course you are applying to start on. The start dates and the application/entrance requirement deadlines for each course are as follows.
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT I – Start Date: 18 September 2023, Application Deadline: 18 August 2023
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION – Start Date: 21 August 2023, Application Deadline: 21 July 2023
INTRODUCTORY LANGUAGE & LITERACY FOR EDUCATION ASSISTANTS – Start Date: 23 October 2023, Application Deadline: 23 September 2023
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EA – Start Date: 20 November 2023, Application Deadline: 20 October 2023
INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCE – Start Date: 2 January 2024, Application Deadline: 24 November 2023
OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT – Start Date: 29 January 2024, Application Deadline: 24 November 2023
PROGRAM DESIGN – Start Date: 26 February 2024, Application Deadline: 26 January 2024
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES – Start Date: 25 March 2024, Application Deadline: 25 February 2024
GUIDING BEHAVIOUR – Start Date: 29 April 2024, Application Deadline: 29 March 2024
INTRODUCTORY MATH LEARNING – Start Date: 27 May 2024, Application Deadline: 27 April 2024
Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50
Tuition Deposit - $100 (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs)
2023-2024 yearly tuition and mandatory fees, if you complete all the credits required in the academic year, is:
Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $131.56. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $131.56.
Other mandatory fees Fall semester
Other mandatory fees Winter semester
Other mandatory fees Spring semester
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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.
Course ID: ECDE100
Name: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT I
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.
Course ID: ENGL100
Name: WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
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.
Course ID: EDAS112
Name: INTRODUCTORY LANGUAGE & LITERACY FOR EDUCATION ASSISTANTS
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.
Course ID: EDAS103
Name: PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION SEMINAR
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.
Course ID: EDAS122
Name: ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EA
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.
Course ID: RSER103
Name: INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCE
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 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.
Course ID: RSER102
Name: OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT
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.
Course ID: RSER122
Name: PROGRAM DESIGN
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.
Course ID: RSER101
Name: DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
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 lifestyles.
Course ID: ECDE111
Name: GUIDING BEHAVIOUR
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.
Course ID: EDAS123
Name: PRACTICUM II/INTEGRATION SEMINAR
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.
Course ID: EDAS113
Name: INTRODUCTORY MATH LEARNING
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.