The Education Assistant program provides theory, develops competency in required skills, and promotes professional development towards the training and preparation of an Education Assistant to enhance the child’s involvement in the educational environment.
Education Assistants may be employed to provide support to children with varying levels of special needs or they may provide general support to classroom teachers in the delivery of educational programs to a number of children or the entire class.
Northern Lights College offers a one-year certificate or two-year diploma program. This program may be completed on a part- or full-time basis. Students may complete the program within their own community through online delivery. Face-to-face offerings are available within the NLC region (contingent on student enrollment or special project offering).
Graduates of the Education Assistant Diploma program can further their knowledge, skills and abilities working with children and youth in regular elementary and secondary classrooms. The Diploma program may lead to further laddering educational opportunities in the areas of Child and Youth Care and other educational related fields.
Qualified Education Assistants are employed in public, private and independent schools around the province as a Special Needs Support Worker, Personal Care Attendant, and Playground and/or School Supervision Monitor.