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Educational Assistant

We're transitioning to a new registration system. If you're looking for a course that starts after July 1, 2017 visit saskpolytech.ca/part-time-studies.

Educational Assistant (formerly known as the Teacher Assistant Program) is a certificate program that provides the knowledge and skill development needed to assist the classroom teacher in inclusive educational settings with children and youth who have diverse learning needs. It combines theory and practical application for elementary and secondary age students in the K-12 school system.

You will be introduced to various learning styles and the adaptations required in assisting special needs students to reach their full educational potential. You will be prepared to reinforce student learning and support developmental and behavioural tasks. You will also learn how to address the personal needs of students. You will study:

  • social, emotional and cognitive development
  • health and wellness promotion
  • the role and responsibilities of being an educational assistant
  • how to support the teacher in particular subject areas
  • communication skills
  • classroom management techniques and crisis prevention
  • awareness of cultures
  • family dynamics
  • exceptionalities

As an educational assistant, you will support and assist in establishing a healthy learning environment so that all children and youth may achieve their potential. A practicum provides hands-on experience and assures that you have the opportunity to use your skills in a real world setting.

This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

Students may take the following courses prior to application and acceptance to the program, but must apply thereafter: CLTR 180, COMM 291, EMPL 180, HUMD 100, PERS 180, and SFTY 184.


Your studies will focus on the period of development from conception to adolescence. You will receive information about the effects of heredity and the environment on the emotional, social, cognitive and physical development of children and adolescents. The course also provides an introduction to the theories of learning and personality and methods of studying human behaviour.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will participate in a six-week practicum in a K-6 or a grade 7-12 classroom setting. You will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice while supporting and assisting the classroom teacher. Under the supervision of the classroom teacher, you will work in basic subject areas with individuals or small groups.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by practicum advisor prior to registration. Practicums in Regina and Prince Albert are arranged on an individual basis; call 306-775-7468 in Regina or 306-765-1781 in Prince Albert

This course currently has no offerings.

You will participate in a six-week practicum in a K-6 or a grade 7-12 classroom setting. You will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice while supporting and assisting the classroom teacher. Under the supervision of the classroom teacher, you will work in basic subject areas with individuals or small groups.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by practicum advisor prior to registration. Practicums in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert are arranged on an individual basis; call 306-775-7468 in Regina or 306-765-1781 in Prince Albert or 306-659-4921 in Saskatoon

Prerequisites: completion of all Educational Assistant theory courses and PRAC 174


This course currently has no offerings.

You will receive instruction and practice in written communication skills needed for the workplace. You will develop effective job search strategies. Emphasis will be placed on communicating a professional image.

Online courses use an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at a time that is convenient ot the student.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will examine the dynamics of the Canadian family, the influence of family background on the individuals and the challenges faced by families of today.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will develop employability skills through the study of interpersonal communications theory and applications in the workplace. Learning outcomes include the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.

The online course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at any time convenient for the student. High-speed internet is recommended.

This course currently has no offerings.

This course is a continuation of Studies of Exceptionality A (SPSY 281). You will study in depth specific areas of exceptionality; behavioural disorders, hearing impairments, visual impairments, special health care needs, neurological disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders, and severe and multiple disabilities. Emphasis will be on the developmental consequences of having a disability and intervention strategies used with individuals with disabilities. You will review the needs of adolescents and young adults as they make the transition from schools and family homes into the community.

Same text used for both Studies of Exceptionality A and B

This course currently has no offerings.

The course provides an introduction to individual learning styles and other factors that influence learning differences in students. You will learn strategies that facilitate student learning including instructional approaches, class room management and effective observation and recording.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will be provided with an overview of the Saskatchewan curriculum with focus in language arts (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), technology and basic mathematics. You will expand your knowledge of strategies to provide educational support under a teacher’s supervision.

This course currently has no offerings.

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