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
Aug 29th, 2022 - Apr 28th, 2023 Full-time
Tuition: $4770.00 (subject to change)
Application Fee of $35.00
Books: $500.00 (subject to change)
Print Fee: $50.00
- 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.
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.
COMM 291 - Interpersonal Communication
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, listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.
EDUC 180 - Supporting Instruction 1
The course provides an introduction to individual learning styles and other factors that influence learning differences in students. You will learn strategies that facilitate student learning including instructional approaches, class room management, and effective observation and recording.
EMPL 180 - Employability Skills
You will receive instruction and practice in written communication skills needed for the workplace. You will develop effective job search strategies. Emphasis will be placed on communicating a professional image.
HUMD 100 - Child & Adolescent Development
Your studies will focus on the period of development from conception to adolescence. You will receive information about the effects of heredity and the environment on the emotional, social, cognitive and physical development of children and adolescents. The course also provides an introduction to the theories of learning and personality and methods of studying human behaviour.
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.
HUMR 180 - Roles & Responsibilities
You will focus on the responsibilities of educational assistants and their relationships with classroom teachers and other professionals. You will explore legal and ethical implications of your role as an educational assistant and develop an understanding of the importance of professional behaviour.
PERS 180 - Basic Care Skills
You will learn and demonstrate the attitudes and skills of providing personal and physical daily care for individuals with disabilities. You will learn the essential role of dignity in person-centred planning and care. You will study skills needed for assisting in monitoring, feeding, toileting, grooming, lifting and transferring. You will learn the skills needed to support optimal levels of independence.
SPSY 281 - Studies of Exceptionality A
You will be provided with an introduction to the area of exceptionalities. You will discuss issues and trends in the field and problems associated with defining and identifying individuals with exceptionalities. You will study in depth specific areas of exceptionality: speech and language differences, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and giftedness. Emphasis will be on the developmental consequences of having a disability and intervention strategies used with individuals with disabilities.
PRAC 174 - Practicum 1
You will participate in a six-week practicum in a K-6 or a 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 180 - Culture & Diversity
You will be introduced to the many facets of culture. You will focus on the personal attitudes and values involved in appreciating cultural differences. You will explore multiculturalism in Canadian society and will discuss practices that promote acceptance of differences in society.
EDUC 180 - Supporting Instruction 2
You will be provided with an overview of the Saskatchewan curriculum with focus in language arts (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), technology and basic mathematics. 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 background on the individuals and the challenges faced by families of today.
SFTY 184 - Crisis Prevention
You will learn strategies for crisis prevention and be introduced to the model of Crisis Intervention. You will explore the role of self awareness, triggers and response patterns in conflict situations. You will learn techniques and skills to resolve conflicts without the use of force. You will demonstrate the skills of crisis intervention by doing a five minute role play. The role and purpose of crisis debriefing will be discussed and reviewed.
SPSY 282 - Studies of Exceptionality B
This course is a continuation of SPSY 281 (Studies of Exceptionality A). 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.