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Educational Assistant

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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 learn strategies for crisis prevention and be introduced to the model of Crisis Intervention. You will explore the role of self awareness, triggers and response patterns in conflict situations. You will learn techniques and skills to resolve conflict without the use of force. You will demonstrate the skills of crisis prevention by doing a five minute role play. The role and purpose of crisis debriefing will be discussed and reviewed.

Out of province students please call 306-659-4034 (Saskatoon)

This course currently has no offerings.

You will be introduced to the many facets of culture. Your studies will focus on the personal attitudes and values involved in appreciating cultural differences. You will explore multiculturalism in Canadian society and discuss practices that promote acceptance of differences in society.

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

$884 (Saskatoon or Woodland), 194 hours/6 weeks
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 29, 2016 - May 12, 2017
Registration deadline: May 12, 2017
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$956.00DistanceCRN: 201609-1071
September 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Registration deadline: May 15, 2017
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$956.00ClinicalCRN: 201609-35
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


$884 (Saskatoon & Woodland), 194 hours/6 weeks
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Registration deadline: May 15, 2017
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$956.00ClinicalCRN: 201609-36
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 discuss perspectives that educators have regarding the classroom and behaviour. You will examine how cognitive development plays a role in guiding behaviour. You will be able to describe the role that the environment plays in determining and guiding behaviour. You will be introduced to an overview of positive guidance and have the opportunity to select and implement strategies that teach self-control and self-regulation.

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.

Additional costs: Text
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
May 20, 2017 - June 17, 2017
Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Registration deadline: May 20, 2017
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$334.50Prince AlbertCRN: 201604-815
Your studies will focus on the responsibilities of teacher assistants and their relationship with classroom teachers and other professionals. You will explore the legal and ethical implications of your role as a teacher assistant and develop an understanding of the importance of professional behaviour.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will be provided with an introduction to the area of exceptionalities. You will discuss issues and trends in the field and problems associated with defining and identifying individuals with exceptionalities. You will study in depth specific areas of exceptionality: speech and language differences, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and giftedness. Emphasis will be on the developmental consequences of having a disability and intervention strategies used with individuals with disabilities.

Same text used for both Studies of Exceptionality A and B

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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