Education Assistant Diploma

Education Assistant Diploma Program Description

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

This program also includes a one month practicum where students get to gain practical experience in a diverse learning setting.

Graduates from this prgram work in positions such as Educational Resources Assistant, Teacher Assistant and Special Education Assistant.

Workplace Settings

  • Education resources assistant
  • Teacher assistant
  • Special education assistant
education assistant salary

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Education Assistant

38 Weeks

Course Duration


Program Location

Next Start Dates: Jun 01, 2019 || Jul 06, 2020

36 Weeks of In-Class Instruction | 4 Week Practicum

Monthly Intake

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Alberta High School Diploma, verified by transcript, or non-Alberta equivalent OR
  • General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D) and ALL of the following criteria:
  • Successful interview with school administration
  • Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 if students' first language is not English,
  • Provide a clear criminal record check prior to beginning practicum

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Successful result on Wonderlic test with passing score of 20
  • Successful interview with school administration
  • Provide a clear criminal record check prior to beginning practicum

*Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 is required if Students' first language is not English. Applies to both standard and mature admissions.*

Who Should Enrol?

If you are an individual with a passion for helping children achieve their goals, and enjoy working within an academic environment, then this program is for you!

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Course Components

Course Description: This module teaches students the reading, grammar, and vocabulary used within the academic environment. Students will practice their writing, and reading skills by doing various assignments. Developing compisition skills helps students enhance their ability for critical thinking and comprehension. (80 hours)

Course Description: This module is designed to help students gain a strong understanding and hands-on experience using the various Microsoft Office Applications, as well as, basic computer skills. (80 hours)

Course Description: This module is a general overview of child development psychology. Students will learn about the cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language development of children from early childhood up until adolescence. (80 hours)

Course Description: This sections 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/classroom leadership skills will be emphasized. Group exercises will be used to help students design curriculum plans and explore the best methods of implementing them in a classroom setting. This module will also emphasize on the integration of assistive technology to the curriculum and how this technology can be used in schools to enhance the teaching and learning of students with challenges.  (80 hours)

Course Description: This module provides the students 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 help their future students meet learning targets set by the education ministry. (80 hours)

Course Description: Students will 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 behaviour support strategies for general and special education classrooms. (80 hours)

Course Description: Students will 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 behavious and simutaniously balance responsibilities of care.  (80 hours)

Course Description: This module will help 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. (80 hours)

Course Development:  This is a two part course module consisting of bi-weekly seminars and a 30 day practicum work experience in diverse learning institutions (Accredited Grade Schools and Pre-schools). The seminar part will give students the opportunity to discuss practicum experiences and explore room for improvements. The practicum section of this course is designed to give the student an opportunity to work as an education assistant and make further connections between theory and practice.  (160 hours)

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