Education Assistant Courses

Education assistant college courses
***Next Start:  Kingston Campus – September 2020

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Program Description

The Education Assistant program has been developed to comply with the rules and regulations as outlined by the Ministry of Education. It is designed specifically to address the responsibilities and challenges facing support staff in our schools. Over the 37 week course, an emphasis is placed on developing student skills in the areas of Special Education and Behaviour Management. In addition, students complete a number of professional workshops designed to provide a well-rounded educational experience. Our students are able to make an immediate, positive impact in the schools and to meet the needs of children in today’s classrooms.

Course Outline

During classroom instruction an emphasis is placed on the current application of educational practices. Students study the importance and necessity of treating each child as an individual. They learn the skills of effective communication and the implementation of programs designed to meet the needs of all children. The E.A. program includes but is not limited to:

  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Exceptionalities – identification, accommodations & modifications
  • Exceptional students in society
  • Child development
  • Community support services
  • Education foundations & issues in Education
  • Learning theories
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Communications/speech and language
  • Best practices in programming and assessment
  • Positive behaviour supports
  • Professional relationships and skills
  • and so much more!
Certificates You Will Earn
  • First Aid/CPR – Level ‘C’
  • Crisis  Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

Practical Internship Experience

Approximately 600 hours of practical experience will take place in local elementary and secondary schools, with Board approval and under the direction of the principals and teachers involved.

Admission Requirements

Grade 12 or equivalent, demonstrated English, communication and comprehension skills. Students must have the equivalent standing at the general level in English.

Student Evaluations and Requirements for Graduation

To receive your diploma from KLC: Healthcare, Business, Education, students must fulfill all course requirements to the satisfaction of school administration. This includes successful course and work placement completion and tuition paid in full.

All students are required to maintain an average academic standing of 70% or better. Students must pass both theory and practical components of the course. Internship assessment will be completed by the host placement. A diploma is granted when all course work is successfully completed.

Employment Opportunities

Area employers which hire our graduates include:

  • Lakeshore and Algonquin Catholic District School Board
  • Hastings & Prince Edward County District School Board
  • Upper Canada District School Board
  • Toronto District School Board
  • Greater Essex County District School Board
  • Durham District School Board
  • Durham Catholic District School Board
  • York Region District School Board
  • Ottawa/Carleton Catholic School Board
As a Graduate of  the Education Assistant Program…
  • Be an active, participating member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Understand and recognize individual student learning styles and behavioural characteristics
  • Assist in developing and implementing individual student programs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and practice effective communication skills
  • Assist the classroom teacher in establishing and maintaining appropriate levels of student behaviour
  • Contribute to the success and well-being of students in our schools

An Education Assistant Career Is For You If You…..

  • Enjoy working with children
  • Are caring, patient and have a positive attitude
  • Are organized and committed to personal and professional excellence
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Enjoy assisting children to succeed in their educational goals