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Educational Assistant

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Educational Assistant

Program Overview

If you like working one-on-one with kids with different needs, and you want to see them included in the classroom, becoming an educational assistant might be the career for you. Educational assistants provide the all-important one-on-one support that makes today’s inclusive classrooms possible.

The Educational Assistant program is respected by school boards province-wide. We’ll teach you the skills and give you the hands-on experience you need to make a lasting difference in a child’s life.

Note: The Regina Campus delivery of this program is suspended, effective July 1, 2016.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers the one-year Educational Assistant certificate program in Saskatoon, as well as through regional colleges around the province. Or, you can take the certificate through distance education. Whether you study on campus or via distance learning, you’ll participate in two 6-week practicums – one in an elementary school, one in a high school.

Why Practicums?

Putting you in the classroom lets you apply what you’ve learned to helping children with different needs. You’ll see first hand the kind of technology being used and the curriculum being taught. You’ll have a package of guidance strategies to help deal with situations as they arise. Most importantly, you’ll gain a solid understanding of what to expect in a real classroom with real kids.

What You’ll Learn

Your job is to assist classroom teachers by working with children or youth with diverse learning needs. Saskatchewan Polytechnic provides the knowledge and skills you’ll need, including:

  • basic care skills (lifting to feeding)
  • classroom management and crisis prevention techniques and strategies
  • communication skills and professionalism
  • cultural awareness and family dynamics
  • exceptionalities (causes, characteristics and accommodations)
  • social, emotional, cognitive development (children and teens)
  • supporting teachers in specific subject areas
  • your role in the classroom

“Our students always say that the practicums are their favourite part of the program. They get to see what the job is really all about. It’s one thing to learn from lectures and textbooks, but being in the classroom really puts it in perspective.” – Program Head

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Educational Assistant graduates work in elementary, junior high and high schools in communities around the province. School divisions offer full time, part time and casual positions. You might be based in the classroom or resource room. You might assist with a lunch program or a before/after school program.

You can also explore career opportunities outside the traditional school setting—in youth centres, community centres, care facilities and alternative education programs.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Educational AssistantElementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants (6472)$31,200 - $47,900

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 38 weeks

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.

Locations

  • Saskatoon
  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note

  • Accepted applicants may be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check prior to entering the practicum component of the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 65 Arithmetic
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence
  • 5 WritePlacer

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,600

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Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMM 291
Interpersonal Communications
2
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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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 103, COMM 112, COMM 135, COMM 155, COMM 160, COMM 381, HUMR 182, HUMR 186, JOBS 190, NEPS 114, NURS 114, NURS 163
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN, Work Based Delivery
EDUC 180
Supporting Instruction I
4
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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.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
EMPL 180
Employability Skills
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): COM 103, COM 105, COMM 292, EMPS 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
HUMD 100
Child and Adolescent Development
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): HUMD 143, NEPS 216
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
HUMD 101
Guiding Behaviour
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 281
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
HUMR 180
Roles and Responsibilities
3
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You will focus on the responsibilities of educational assistants and their relationships with classroom teachers and other professionals. You will explore legal and ethical implications of your role as an educational assistant and develop an understanding of the importance of professional behaviour.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
PERS 180
Basic Care Skills
3
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You will learn and demonstrate the attitudes and skills of providing personal and physical daily care for individuals with disabilities. You will learn the essential role of dignity in person-centred planning and care. You will study skills needed for assisting in monitoring, feeding, toileting, grooming, lifting and transferring. You will learn the skills needed to support optimal levels of independence.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): HLTH 186, SPCR 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
SPSY 281
Studies of Exceptionality A
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ECD 223
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
PRAC 174
Practicum 1
13
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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.
Credit Units: 13
Course Hours: 194.0
Prerequisites(s): EDUC 180, HUMR 180, SPSY 281, HUMD 101
Equivalent Course(s): WORK 187
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Prior Learning

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLTR 180
Culture and Diversity
3
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You will be introduced to the many facets of culture. You will focus on the personal attitudes and values involved in appreciating cultural differences. You will explore multiculturalism in Canadian society and will discuss practices that promote acceptance of differences in society.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
EDUC 181
Supporting Instruction 2
4
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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.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 55.0
Prerequisites(s): EDUC 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
FMLY 181
Family Dynamics
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
SFTY 184
Crisis Prevention
1
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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 conflicts without the use of force. You will demonstrate the skills of crisis intervention by doing a five minute role play. The role and purpose of crisis debriefing will be discussed and reviewed.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Equivalent Course(s): SFTY 194
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
SPSY 282
Studies of Exceptionality B
3
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This course is a continuation of SPSY 281 (Studies of Exceptionality A). You will study in depth specific areas of exceptionality: emotional and behavioural disorders, sensory impairments, traumatic brain injury and other low-incidence disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Emphasis will be on the developmental consequences of having a disability and intervention strategies used with individuals with disabilities. You will review classroom organization and management with students with special learning needs, issues related to special education in secondary schools, and working with families of students with exceptionalities.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SPSY 281
Equivalent Course(s): ECD 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning

Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
PRAC 175
Practicum 2
13
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You will participate in a six-week practicum in a K-6 or grade 7-12 classroom setting. Students must complete practicum placements in each setting. You will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice while supporting and assisting the classroom teacher. Under the supervision of classroom teachers, you will work with students who have challenging needs.
Credit Units: 13
Course Hours: 194.0
Prerequisites(s): EDUC 180, HUMR 180, SPSY 281, HUMD 101, PERS 180, HUMD 100, SFTY 184, CLTR 180, EMPL 180, FMLY 181, COMM 291, SPSY 282, EDUC 181, PRAC 174
Equivalent Course(s): WORK 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Prior Learning

Note: There are two six-week practicums. 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.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

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