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Educational Assistant General

Northwestern Polytechnic

Northwestern Polytechnic
The Educational Assistant program will enable graduates to work in educational settings under the supervision and direction of a teacher, providing support to students who require assistance in developmental, behavioural, and/or learning tasks. Graduates of the Educational Assistant program will be prepared to work with children in the school system from K-12, in both resource rooms and regular classrooms. Graduates will also be employable in a wide range of out-of-school settings such as early intervention, day care, Head Start, or as private educational supports. Course work will provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to work effectively with children and teachers in diverse educational settings. Students will learn about human development, speech and language support, remedial math and reading, behavioural management, exceptionalities, interpersonal communication, and the roles and responsibilities of a paraprofessional in an educational setting. Practicum is an integral part of this Certificate program and assures that students have the opportunity to apply theory to practice. Practicum in a community outside of Grande Prairie may be available and will be considered on an individual basis.

Office of the Registrar
10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V 4C4, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

To apply to be accepted into this program, you need all of the following:

  • High School Diploma
  • English 30-2 (minimum of 60%) or English 30-1 (minimum of 50%)
  • to be 18 years of age or older (or receive special permission from the Department Chairperson)
Prior to your practicum, you must present the following:
  • Standard First Aid Certificate
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (Basic Rescuer)
  • Police Information Check from the RCMP (required by agencies)

Information about obtaining Police Information Checks will be provided to students after they have been admitted. For your own personal health, you may wish to ensure that your immunizations are current.

Mature Student Admission
If you are without a High School Diploma in English 30-1 or 30-2, please arrange with Student Services for pre-admission assessment.

Part-Time Student Admission
You may enrol in up to three courses without admission to the program. You may apply for admission to the program if you have successfully completed three Educational Assistant courses. The first one must be HS1130 English. 

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $5,532.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $2,248.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,000.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated May 24, 2024. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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