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Educational Assistant Certificate


1 year

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The Program

The Educational Assistant Program will prepare you for a rewarding career making a difference in students’ lives. Educational Assistants are a vital part of the educational team in today’s schools and classrooms. Educational Assistants work alongside teachers and other professionals to support student learning. With a focus on working in inclusive settings, EA students will learn the theory, skills and strategies to provide effective academic, behavioral and emotional student support.  The program includes two practicums where you will apply theory to practice under the direct supervision of a classroom teacher.  

Courses are offered both online and on-campus, providing you with choice and flexibility, based on how you prefer to learn. Full-time or part-time study is available. 

To complete the program in one year, full time study must begin in Fall term.  Part-time study can begin in Fall, Winter or Spring terms. 

Program Content

Length of program: 10 months (September to June)

  • COMM 150 - Fundamentals of College and Workplace Writing
  • EDAS 111 - Role of the Educational Assistant
  • EDAS 116 - Human Relations
  • EDAS 160 - Supporting Students in Literacy
  • EDAS 151 - Trends in Inclusive Practice
  • EDAS 152 - Physical and Emotional Support
  • EDAS 160 - Supporting Students in Literacy
  • EDAS 161 - Supporting Students in Numeracy
  • EDAS 153 - Fostering Positive Behaviour
  • EDAS 154 - Neurodevelopmental Support
  • EDAS 170 - Classroom Technology
  • EDAS 181 - Field Practice
  • EDAS 114 - Field Experience

Visit RDP’s Course Catalogue/Timetable to read detailed course descriptions.

Note: If they qualify, students are encouraged to replace COMM 150 with a 200 level COMM or ENGL. Students with 50% or greater in ELA 30-1 may take ENGL 219. Students with 60% or greater in ELA 30-1 may take COMM 250COMM 150 does not have a prerequisite

Note: Students with an academic status of Academic Warning or Probation will not be placed in EDAS 114 (Field Experience practicum) or EDAS 181 (Field Practice practicum) until they have cleared this status.

Delivery Options

The coursework in the Educational Assistant program is offered two ways:  through classes on-campus and through online course. Students may complete the program entirely on-campus, entirely online, or through a blend of on-campus and online courses. The program may be completed through full-time or part-time study in either on-campus or online courses. To complete in one year (10 months) students must start full-time study in September (fall term). These students will be registered in a pre-set schedule of EDAS courses. Students may also start the program in January (winter term) but on a part-time basis only; frequently requiring 1.5 years to complete the Certificate.

Students in online courses require regular access to a computer with internet service; please contact the flexible [dot] learning [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (Flexible Learning Office) at 403-357-3664 for details.

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