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Education Assistant Diploma

Education Assistant Courses
Next program start dates:
Monday, October 3, 2022
Monday, November 7, 2022
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More Than Theory
Students practice in class all of the many skills they will use on the job
Options to Upgrade
On completion, students are eligible for further certification to upgrade their career
Enhanced English Skills
Students learn language and literacy teaching skills, getting them ahead of the competition

Education Assistant Diploma


53 Weeks




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Education Assistant Diploma Summary

The ABM College Education Assistant Diploma Program prepares students to be an agent of change and support in diverse and inclusive classrooms. Students in the education assistant diploma program will learn about child and adolescent development, curriculum development, assessment and behavioural management, along with software such as Microsoft Office. The online program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a career in the education field.

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Education Assistant Diploma Description

Students embarking on their career path towards becoming an education assistant can assume a broad range of important roles within public and private education systems. ABM College’s education assistant diploma courses prepare students with the necessary skills to meet current industry demands.

Practical studies in child and adolescent development, curriculum development, assessment and behavioral management, along with key computer software such as Microsoft Office, provides students with the foundation necessary to succeed in a competitive job market.

The diploma program also includes a four-week practicum where students gain practical experience in a diverse learning setting. The Education Assistant Diploma graduates look forward to a work environment that is often vibrant, challenging, and rewarding.

Career Opportunities

  • Educational Assistant
  • Instructional Assistant
  • Program/Teacher's Aide
  • Special Education Assistant

Salary Range

Education Assistant Diploma Information Kit

This kit includes important details on the Education Assistant Diploma program at ABM College.

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Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet one of the following criteria: 1. Alberta High School Diploma, verified by transcript, or non-Alberta equivalent OR 2. Successful completion of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and ALL of the following criteria: 3. Successful interview with school administration 4. Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 if students first language is not English 5. Provide a police information check prior to the beginning of practicum

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL the following criteria: 1. Must be 18 years old (BC residents must be 19 years of age) . 2. Successful result on Wonderlic Test with a passing score of 20. 3. Successful interview with school administration 4. Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 if students first language is not English 5. Provide a police information check prior to the beginning of practicum

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Course Components

Academic Writing & Grammar

This course teaches students the reading, grammar, and vocabulary skills they will need within the academic environment. Students will practice their writing and reading using various methods and assignments. Developing composition skills helps students enhance their ability for critical thinking and comprehension.

Child & Adolescent Development

This course is a general overview of child development psychology. Students learn about the cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language development of children from early childhood through adolescence.

Curriculum Development, Instructional Strategies, & Technology in the Classroom

This section focuses on the use of different types of instruction strategies used within a classroom. Students will learn how to plan, execute, and straighten teaching methods that promote social and intellectual development. Child learning and effective school leadership skills will be emphasized. Group exercises are used to help students design curriculum plans and explore the best methods of implementation. This module will also emphasize the integration of assistive technology within the curriculum, and how this technology can be used in schools to enhance the learning of students with challenges.

Inclusive & Differentiated Classroom

This module provides students a strong background in understanding the nature of diverse (special needs) classroom environments. Students will learn how to develop curriculum and strategies that are more inclusive, and how to help their future students meet learning targets set by the education ministry.

Assessment & Behavioural Management

Students focus on conducting and recording assessment of their future students’ behaviour or emotional and learning challenges. The learners will explore different behavioural strategies and develop behavioural management goals. They will be able to design group support strategies for general and special education classrooms.

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

Students learn how to handle the care, welfare, safety, and security of everyone involved in a crisis situation. They will learn skills and strategies to safely respond to various levels of risk behaviours and simultaneously balance responsibilities of care.

Language & Literacy

Students learn how to help children read and write, particularly in ELL contexts. They will have opportunities to explore different issues related to teaching literacy to young children including oral and written language development, emergent literacy/bi-literacy, reading fluency, reading comprehension, phonics and vocabulary development, early writing acquisition, differentiation of instruction, children’s literature, and assessment in early literacy. They will learn effective reading and writing strategies, parental involvement, and reading-writing connections.

Teaching students with special needs

Students focus on the characteristics of exceptional learners and their education. This course teaches students about exceptional learners and classroom practices, as well as the psychological, sociological, and medical aspects of disabilities and giftedness.

Microsoft Office

This training will help students to effectively utilize all the features of Microsoft Office products, and increase productivity. Students become well versed in the Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook applications. This 4-week module helps students sharpen their computer and Office skills and prepare for the main course modules.

Teaching Life Skills

Students focus on developing an understanding of the strengths and needs of individuals with severe disabilities and effective instructional practices for teaching these students. This course teaches students about how to apply effective instructional strategies that meet the unique needs of students with severe disabilities, such as specific areas, including addressing health and medical needs of students and teaching communication skills; personal care skills; academics; home and community skills; and social, leisure, and recreational skills.

Working with English Language Learners

Teaching Numeracy

Capstone Career Prep

Students work with a professional career counselor to develop and optimize a professional resume to put forward for employers. Additional support in job searching, interview techniques, and other career transition skills are offered to ensure students have the best possible work prospects.


This component requires a student to be placed in health care setting for four weeks, where they can have a hands-on experience translating the skills they have learned throughout the course.

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