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 2022-2023
Please note the 2022-2023 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.
 Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $2,188.00 $2,188.00
Campus Rec Fee $65.00 $65.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $85.00
Total Fees $405.92 $405.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,593.92  ***$2,593.92
Total Cost Per Year   $5,187.84
 International Full Time Fees 2022-2023
Please note the 2022-2023 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.
 International Students Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition  $6,564.00 $6,564.00
Campus Rec Fee $65.00 $65.00
Health & Dental *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $84.00
Total Fees $405.92 $405.92
Total Tuition & Fees

***$6,969.92

***$6,969.92

Total Cost Per Year  

$13,939.84

 Spring Fees 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

 Spring Session Fees  Domestic Students International Students
Tuition  $501.00 $1,530.00
Campus Rec Fee  $65.00 $65.00
Student Association Building Fee $3.36 $3.36
Student Association Fee $21.00 $21.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $85.00
Total Full Time Fees $174.36 $174.36
Total Tuition & Fees

***$675.36

***$1,704.36

Full Time Fees 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per  the tuition fee regulation.

 Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $2,236.00 $2,236.00
Campus Rec Fee $70.00 $70.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,656.92 ***$2,656.92 
Total Cost Per Year   $5,313.84
 International Full Time Fees 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per  the tuition fee regulation.

 International Students Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition  $6,708.00 $6,708.00
Campus Rec Fee   $70.00  $70.00
Health & Dental *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees

***$7,128.92

***$7,128.92

Total Cost Per Year  

$14,257.84

 Spring Fees 2023-2024
Please note the 2023-2024 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per  the tuition fee regulation.
 Spring Session Fees  Domestic Students International Students
Tuition  $513.00 $1,566.00
Campus Rec Fee  $70.00 $70.00
Student Association Building Fee $3.36 $3.36
Student Association Fee $21.00 $21.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Full Time Fees $189.36 $189.36
Total Tuition & Fees

***$702.36

***$1,755.36

Please note, these estimates are based on 100% enrollment for all semesters and do not include mandatory laboratory fees. Laboratory fees can range from $31 - $122 for 2022-2023 and $32 - $125 for2023-2024.

* 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)

COURSE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

Term I 
(September - December)

 

21

EA 100

Role of the Educational Assistant

3

CHSD 101

Child Development I

3

EA 102

Language and Literacy

3

CHSD 104

Guiding Children's Behaviour

3

CHSD 105

Personal Development & Interaction

2

EA 110

Practicum I

3

EA 125

Practicum Seminar I

1

ENGL 100

Written Composition

3

 Term II (January - April)

COURSE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

Term II (January - April)

 

17

EA 116

Health and Safety Considerations for Working with Children

1

CHSD 201

Child Development II

3

EA 202

Exploring Exceptionalities

3

EA 206

Supporting Numeracy in the Classroom

2

EA 210

Practicum II

4

EA 211

Supporting Literacy Instruction in Elementary Schools

3

EA 225

Practicum Seminar II

1

Term III (Spring) 
Course  Course Title Credits

TERM III (Spring Semester)

 (Choose 3 Micro Credential Courses*)

3

CHSD 212

Exceptionality 1: Brain/Cognitive

1

CHSD 213

Exceptionality II: Physical/Medical

1

CHSD 214

Exceptionality III: Introduction to Communication Disorders

1

CHSD 215

Exceptionality IV: Behavioural Disorders

1

CHSD 218

Supporting Students with Severe Emotional/Behavioral Challenges           

1

CHSD 219 Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns                                             1

CHSD 220

School-Age Care

1

CHSD 223

Working with EAL Children

1

CHSD 224

Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

1

CHSD 225

Working with Communication Disorders

1

EA 217

Adolescents in the Classroom

1

*For more information on Micro Credential Courses and Course Offerings, please visit our Micro Credential page. 

 

 

Course Descriptions - Term 1 (September - December)
No Code Course Name Course Description

1. 

Credits 3

                                                

EA 100 Role of the Educational Assistant 

This course focuses on the skills and attitudes essential for paraprofessionals to provide meaningful support to students and teachers in educational environments. The emphasis will be on development of a personal philosophy of education; inclusive education in Alberta, understanding of school and board educational philosophies and practices; professional ethics and responsibilities; the teacher/educational assistant team; the educational assistant’s role within a multidisciplinary team, and development of skills to achieve the flexibility necessary for the changing roles of the educational assistant.

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites - none

2. Credits 3 

45 Hours

CHSD 101

Child Development I

Understanding the development of children is the foundation for supporting children to be mighty learners and citizens. An exploration of the growth and development of the child from the prenatal period to the early childhood period is emphasized. Physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development will be examined through readings, simulations, discussion, projects, and observing and recording children’s behaviour. An introduction to develop perspective on history, research, and theories of child development.


Prerequisites and/or co-requisites none

3. 

Credit 3

 

EA 102

Language and Literacy The focus of this course is developing strategies to support school age children’s language and literacy development. Patterns of development in language and literacy are examined. Supports for English Language Learners will be studied, with an emphasis on incorporating Indigenous teachings and literature into language and literacy settings. The importance of creative use of quality literature to establish a language-rich environment will also be examined.

 

4. 

Credit 3 

45 Hours 

CHSD 104 Guiding Children's Behaviour

Children behave appropriately when expectations are clearly outlined, and their self-esteem is supported. Approaching guidance using a child-centred, problem-solving philosophy is a key component of the course. Communication skills with children will be explored to include passive and active listening, affirmations, positive communication of guidelines, negotiation, and facilitation of children’s problem-solving. Guidance strategies for developmental appropriateness are examined and applied to support and modify children’s behaviour. An emphasis on the importance of partnerships with families and respecting diverse family values is encouraged to holistically address behaviours.


Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

 

5. Credit 2

30 Hours

CHSD 105 Personal Development and Interaction

Personal reflection and growth is an essential part of the complex role of the early childhood educator. A journey of reflection to identify personal values, needs, roles, biases, personal goals, strengths, and weaknesses will foster relationship building through increased self-awareness and practicing receptive and expressive communication skills. Giving and receiving constructive feedback will be modelled and exercised.


Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

6.

Credit 3

120 Hours

EA 110 Practicum I

Students have an opportunity to put theory into practice by working with children in community settings, including kindergarten and primary grade classes. Student must provide their own transportation to assigned practicum; keep a timesheet and daily record of progression in the practicum booklet. Practicum may be repeated or extended when deemed necessary by the Childhood Studies department. 

Prerequisite: 3 certificate courses including EA 104

Co-requisite: EA 125

7.

Credits 1

45 Hours

EA 125 Practicum Seminar I

This course provides a forum to support and debrief practicum experiences and explore the integration of theory with practice. The responsibilities and ethical behaviour of childhood professionals will be discussed. Students will be introduced to resource files as a method of organizing professional information and curriculum ideas.  

Prerequisite: 3 first-year courses

Co-requisite: EA 110

8. Credits 3

45 Hours

ENGL 100 Written Composition 

This course focuses on expository writing skills. Students will develop and organize their thoughts as they study examples of good prose and practice revising their own work. By following the steps of the writing process, students will learn to write clear, well-structured, interesting essays. Course requirements include writing essays, a summary, a report, and a research paper.


Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

 

 

Course Descriptions - Term 2 (January - April)
No. Code Course Name Course Description

1.

Credits 1

 

EA 116 Health and Safety Considerations for Working with Children

This course emphasizes the importance of health and safety practices for young children and the staff who work with them. The ability to recognize and respond appropriately to many common health issues within inclusive programs will be explored.

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

2. Credit 3

45 Hours

CHSD 201 Child Development II

The study of child development from infancy to adolescence is fundamental to supporting the whole child. Emphasis is on development from middle childhood to adolescence in the areas of physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development. The exploration of inclusion and exceptionalities equips educators with the tools to meet the needs of all children in their care.


Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: CHSD 101

3.

Credit 3

45 Hours

EA 202 Exploring Exceptionalities

This course advances student understanding about exceptionalities and current issues in the field of inclusive education in regular preschool, elementary, junior and senior high school settings. Strategies, assessments, and interventions to support the wide variety of students with exceptionalities that Educational Assistants will encounter in Alberta’s schools will be explored.

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites CHSD 101 

4.

Credit 2

30 Hours

EA 206 Supporting Numeracy in the Classroom Children’s developing math concepts and abilities from pre-math to intermediate levels will be studied and observed. The emphasis will be on the Educational Assistant’s role in supporting and adapting learning experiences to meet individual learning goals. Awareness of approaches and strategies to remediate math learning will be examined.

5. 

Credit 4

150 Hours

EA 210 Practicum II

This course allows the students to build on skills learned in Practicum I and to demonstrate increasingly complex communication, guidance, and problem-solving skills with children. Placements for this practicum will be with mentor teacher/educational assistant teams in middle and upper elementary grades or older.

PrerequisitesEA 110 and EA 120: Co-requisites EA 225 and 10 certificate courses

6. 

Credit 3

45 Hours

EA 211 Supporting Literacy Instruction in Elementary Schools

This course provides deeper analysis and examination of literacy development in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and building vocabulary. Strategies that Educational Assistants can utilize to support literacy development in Alberta schools where they work 1:1 with students, in small groups and in whole-class settings will be explored.

Prerequisites and/or co-requisite  EA 102

7.

Credit 1 

15 Hours

EA 225 Practicum Seminar II

This course provides a weekly forum to support and debrief practicum experiences and explore the integration of theory with practice. Students will practice applying knowledge of the roles of the educational assistant and guidance skills to real-life situations.

Prerequisite: EA 110 and EA 125, Co-requisite: EA 210

8.

CHSD 226 Fostering Diverse Learning Environments

An introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) in the classroom. This foundational course expands thinking while promoting the importance of continuous learning in the DE&I space.  The importance of learning from and with children and families to create a safe and diverse learning environment is explored. Incorporated in this course is a rudimentary history of residential schools in Canada and the principles of Truth and Reconciliation to promote inclusive learning environments.  

 

Please note this course will not be offered this year. 

 

 

Course Descriptions - Term 3 (Spring)
For Micro Credential course descriptions, please visit our Childhood Studies Micro Credential page. 

 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.