Educational Assistant Certificate

Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program Structure

 Learn how you can play a key role in breaking down the barriers of learning through Keyano College's Educational Assistant Certificate program. Attending school can be a great adventure for many students, but for some it can be a difficult experience. This hands-on program will prepare you to support all students including those with learning challenges and special needs in school environments and community settings.

Applications are accepted for the Fall semester only. Please submit your application as soon as possible as many programs fill up quickly.

Apply practical skills to your career

Our graduates are able to:

  • Learn and develop strategies for guiding behavior
  • Apply and understand strategic adaptation and accountability
  • Understand specific disabilities and how they impact children's learning and development
  • Support curriculum in language learning , literacy, reading and numeracy
  • Observe and analyze social, cognitive and moral development

Admission requirements

High school diploma (or equivalent)

You must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) with a minimum of 50% in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2.

Mature students (Have been out of school for at least three consecutive years, or are at least 21 years of age by the first day of class)

  • a minimum of 50% in English 30-1 or
  • a minimum of 65% in English 30-2 or
  • receiving a pass mark on the College Entrance Test

English Language Proficiency

  • TOEFL: iBT with a minimum score of 79 with no score below 19
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0
  • CAEL with a minimum score of 60
  • MELAB with a minimum score of 80

See our Credit Calendar for other ways that you can meet the English Language Proficiency requirements.

Pre-Practicum Requirements

We will provide you with the forms for all requirements on Orientation Day for the academic year.

Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Check

You must submit a Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Check on the first day of classes and apply no earlier than the second week of July.

Child Care First Aid

You must complete Child Care First Aid before you begin your first practicum. You can often complete this during the first week of class. You are responsible for the cost associated with this training.

Tuition and fees

Full Time Fees
 Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $1,911.00 $1,911.00
Campus Rec Fee $34.00 $34.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $104.16 $104.16
Technology Fee $67.00 $67.00
Total Fees $349.08 $349.08
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,260.08  ***$2,260.08
Total Cost Per Year   $4,520.16
 International Students
 International Students Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition  $5,608.00 $5,608.00
Campus Rec Fee   $34.00  $34.00
Health & Dental *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $104.16 $104.16
Technology Fee $67.00 $67.00
Total Fees $349.08 $349.08
Total Tuition & Fees



Total Cost Per Year  


 Spring Fees
 Spring Session Fees  Domestic Students International Students
Tuition  $447.00 $1,311.00
Campus Rec Fee  $34.00 $34.00
Student Association Building Fee $3.36 $3.36
Student Association Fee $9.56 $9.56
Technology Fee $67.00 $67.00
Total Full Time Fees $113.92 $113.92
Total Tuition & Fees



Please note, these estimates are based on 100% enrollment for all semesters and do not include mandatory laboratory fees. Laboratory fees can range from $29 - $114.

* Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage - deadlines can be found at StudentCare website
** These programs have a mandatory Spring semester if students intend to graduate on time.
*** Tuition is due 10 business days before the start of each semester.

For more information view the Keyano College Credit Calendar

Program structure

The Educational Assistant Certificate program is available full-time or part-time through a combination of evening and day classes and online study.

 Program Structure
Term I (September - December)




Term I 
(September - December)



EA 100

Role of the Educational Assistant


CHSD 101

Child Development I


EA 102

Language and Literacy


CHSD 104

Guiding Children's Behaviour


CHSD 105

Personal Development & Interaction


EA 110

Practicum I


EA 125

Practicum Seminar I


ENGL 100

Written Composition


 Term II (January - April)




Term II (January - April)



EA 116

Health and Safety Considerations for Working with Children


CHSD 201

Child Development II


EA 202

Exploring Exceptionalities


EA 206

Supporting Numeracy in the Classroom


EA 210

Practicum II


EA 211

Supporting Literacy Instruction in Elementary Schools


EA 225

Practicum Seminar II


Term III (Spring) 
Course  Course Title Credits

TERM III (Spring Semester)

 (Choose 3 credits)


CHSD 212

Exceptionality 1: Brain/Cognitive


CHSD 213

Exceptionality II: Physical/Medical


CHSD 214

Exceptionality III: Introduction to Communication Disorders


CHSD 215

Exceptionality IV: Behavioural Disorders


CHSD 218

Supporting Students with Severe Emotional/Behavioral Challenges           


CHSD 219 Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns                                             1

CHSD 220

School-Age Care


CHSD 223

Working with EAL Children


CHSD 224

Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


CHSD 225

Working with Communication Disorders


EA 217

Adolescents in the Classroom


 Please Note: ELCC and EA working in the Childcare field can now apply for spring courses.
Requirements: A letter from your employer on a company letterhead indicating you work with children ages birth to 12 years.