Educational Assistant

Educational Assistant 2022-2023


We are excited to offer this certificate program which will prepare you to work with students in the K-12 system.

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.

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

Battlefords Campus
Aug 29th, 2022 - Apr 28th, 2023 Full-time

Tuition: $4912.00 (subject to change)
Application Fee of $35.00
Books: $500.00 (subject to change)
Print Fee: $50.00

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12


  • 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.



Code Name
  • EDUC 180 Supporting Instruction I

    You will be introduced to individual learning styles and other factors that influence learning differences in students. You will learn strategies that facilitate student learning including instructional approaches, classroom management, effective observation and recording, and the role of Personal Program Plans (PPP).

  • HUMD 100 Child and Adolescent Development

    You will study the developmental milestones from conception to adolescence. The course provides an introduction to the theories of learning and personality, brain development and methods of studying human behavior, including indigenous worldviews. You will learn about the effects of heredity and the environment, including culture, on the emotional, social, cognitive and physical development of children and behavior.

  • HUMD 101 Guiding Behaviour

    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. You will also learn about traditional Indigenous practices as they apply to guiding behavior.

  • PD 101 Professionalism in the Educational Setting

    You will explore and build employability skills needed to become a professional educator. You will learn about the expertise, skills, and disposition of a well-qualified educational assistant. Students will receive Certification in Workplace Hazardous Information System (WHNIS) and Safe Food Handling upon completion of this course.

  • PRAC 174 Practicum 1

    You will participate in a four-week practicum in a K – 6 or 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.

  • CLTR 100 Diversity

    You will examine the elements of cultural, gender and disability diversity in Canada and the processes that promote inclusion. You will explore elements of Indigenous culture with a view to understanding both historical elements and contemporary issues in Canada. Your studies will also provide opportunities to participate in various cultural practices.

  • COMM 291 Interpersonal Communications

    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, and listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.

  • EDUC 181 Supporting Instruction 2

    You will be provided with an overview of the Saskatchewan curriculum with a focus on language arts, technology, basic mathematics and land-based education. You will expand your knowledge of strategies to provide educational support under a teacher’s supervision.

  • FMLY 181 Family Dynamics

    You will examine the dynamics of the Canadian family, the influence of family structure on the individual’s values and the mental, cultural and physical challenges faced by the families of today.

  • JOBS 125 Essential Job Skills

    You will develop essential job skills by preparing job search documents and practicing effective interpersonal communication skills for the workplace.

  • PERS 103 Basic Care Skills

    You will learn and demonstrate the attitudes and skills of providing personal and physical daily care to persons with disabilities. You will learn the essential role of dignity and respect in person-centered planning and care. You will discuss your legal and ethical responsibilities while providing care. You will develop skills to safely assist individuals with activities of daily living and to support their optimal levels of independence. You will study the process of medication administration.

  • PERS 104 Personal Wellness

    You will examine the various components of wellness from both a western and Indigenous perspective. You will also develop skills to practice self-care.

  • SPSY 282 Studies of Exceptionality B

    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.

  • PRAC 175 Practicum 2

    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.

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