Education Assistant Diploma

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 this program will learn about child and adolescent 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.

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


36 Weeks
32 In-Class
4 Practicum


Calgary Campus





Career Opportunities

  • Educational Assistant
  • Instructional Assistant
  • Program/Teacher's Aide
  • Special Education Assistant
  • Child Care (Daycare) Staffeducation assistant career opportunities
education assistant average expected salary

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Education Assistant Diploma Description

Students embarking on a career path as an education assistant can assume a broad range of important roles within public and private education systems. ABM College’s Education Assistant Diploma program prepares students with the necessary skills to meet current industry demands.

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

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

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet ONE of these criteria*:
Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent with verified transcript
General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.), plus successful interview with ABM College Administration, and if student’s first language is not English, Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 with SLE Language Evaluation Test

*All students must provide a clear criminal record check prior to commencing practicum.

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of these criteria*:
1. At least 18 years of age prior to admission
2. Score of 20 or higher on Entrance Exam (Scholastic Wonderlic)
3. Successful interview with ABM College Administration
4. If student’s first language is not English, Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 with SLE Language Evaluation Test

*All students must provide a clear criminal record check prior to commencing practicum.

Next Program Start Dates:

Sept 8th, 2020 (eve)
Oct 5th, 2020 (eve)

Education Assistant Diploma Program Information Kit

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Education Assistant Course Components

Course Description: This class 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.

Course Description: 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.

Course Description: 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.

Course Description: 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.

Course Description: 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.

Course Description: 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.

Course Description: 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.

Course Description: 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.

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 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. The seminars will give students the opportunity to discuss practicum experiences and explore areas for improvements.

Course Development: This course helps students explore and understand the role of communication in professional business settings. Attention is given to workplace culture, interpersonal and team communication, technology, professional presentations, research, meetings, and professional writing grounded in communication and business theory.

Course Development: Students work with a professional career counsellor 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.