Education Assistant Diploma

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Monday, April 1, 2024
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Education Assistant Diploma

Duration

53 Weeks

Campus

Calgary

Offered

On-site / Online / Combination

Available

Morning / Evening / Weekend

Education Assistant Diploma Summary

ABM College’s Education Assistant Diploma program helps prepare students to be successful in various classroom settings. Students in the online education assistant course will learn about adolescent development, curriculum development, assessment and behavioural management, as well as other instrumental skills needed to be a well-rounded and successful professional.

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Education Assistant Diploma Highlights

Students who choose to begin their journey to become an education assistant will have the option to choose a range of important roles within both public and private education systems. The Education Assistant diploma at ABM College was designed to equip students with necessary skills and knowledge to meet the industry demands and trends. 

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

Key components of the Education Assistant Diploma program include:

  • Childhood and adolescent development psychology
  • Teaching strategies for those with special needs 
  • How to conduct, record, and apply behavioural assessment strategies and techniques for general and special education
  • How properly help students learn literacy and numeracy

Career Opportunities

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

Salary Range

The estimated salary range for an education assistant that rages from $36,000 to $52,000.

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

1. Successful completion of Grade 12 or equivalent. 2. Passing score on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam. 3. Passing score on the Accuplacer Test. 4. Successful interview with ABM College Admissions.

Mature Admission

1. Applicants must be out of high school for at least two years. 2. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age prior to admission. 3. Passing score on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam. 4. Passing score on the Accuplacer Test. 5. Successful interview with ABM College Admissions.

Detailed & International Requirements

For any other program or region-specific requirements, please contact one of our Admissions Advisors. For International Students, please refer to the International Students Admission Requirements.

Domestic Detailed Admission Requirements

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Course Curriculum

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

Working with English Language Learners provides the fundamental language skills that will equip non-native speakers for future success in school and to be ready to take their place in a cohesive and productive society.

Teaching Numeracy

Numeracy is a fundamental skill to develop mathematical concepts, logical thinking, and applying reasoning strategies in all areas of life. Numeracy is an essential knowledge in order to respond to students’ daily activities. Being numerate means having the confidence and skill to use numbers and mathematical approaches in all aspects of life.

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.

Practicum

Students will gain practical and hands-on experience to apply the knowledge and skills learned in class to real-world experiences in a professional capacity during a four-week practicum placement.

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