Our Educational Assistant Diploma is delivered fully online and builds on the foundations of the Educational Assistant Certificate. The program explores the historical and philosophical influences on current best practices in school-age educational programming. The 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. (Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Practicums can be arranged at a school setting of your choice.
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.
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.
Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50
2022-2023 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 $124.70. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $124.70.
Other mandatory fees Fall semester
Other mandatory fees Winter semester
Other mandatory fees Spring semester
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Tuition Deposit (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs and international only)
Domestic Students - $100
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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.
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Course ID: ECEA209
Name: CHILDREN WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES
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. The student will learn appropriate intervention techniques and how to utilize these when working individually with children and in integrated settings. Inclusive education is studied as it relates to Alberta classrooms.
Course ID: RSER201
Name: ADVANCED STUDIES IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
This course builds on RSER 101 and focuses on developing a greater understanding and appreciation for the multifaceted aspects of developmental disabilities.
Course ID: EDAS 221
Name: ADVANCED PROGRAM DESIGN
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.
Course ID: ECEA201
Name: EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION
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.
Course ID: ECEA206
Name: SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
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.
Course ID: EDAS203
Name: PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION SEMINAR
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 the EA certificate program.
Course ID: EDAS213
Name: ADVANCED CURRICULUM IN MATH
Students will gain an advanced perspective on numeracy and the development of an 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.
Course ID: ECDE210
Name: CHILD HEALTH
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.
Course ID: EDAS211
Name: ADVANCED BEHAVIORAL GUIDANCE FOR THE EA
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.
Course ID: EDAS212
Name: ADVANCED LANGUAGE & LITERACY DEVELOPMENT
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.
Course ID: EDAS223
Name: PRACTICUM II/INTEGRATION SEMINAR
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