CERTIFICATE via distance learning
You know what it takes to work with children: a friendly presence, consideration of others, and lots of patience. As an education assistant, you’ll work as part of a team, most often in school settings, to meet the learning and developmental needs of children. It is a great way to enter the field of education and establish the foundation for a rewarding career.
This program is only offered through distance learning.
About this Program
The Medicine Hat College Education Assistant program is part of a collaborative program with Red Deer College and Keyano College which allows students to complete all of the required courses of the certificate through an online or distributed learning format. Students will be required to take courses through each of the three post-secondary institutions to complete this program. Completion of this program earns you an Education Assistant certificate from Medicine Hat College.
The Education Assistant program prepares students to work with children who required assistance in development and/or learning tasks. Students will also be prepared to work with children in a range of out of school settings.
High school diploma with an minimum average of:
- 50% in ELA 30-1or 65% in ELA 30-2
You may be admitted following appropriate advising and testing. A high school diploma is not required although you must present:
- ELA 30-1 (50%) or ELA 30-2 (65%)
Students are selected for practicum on the basis of academic performance, professional suitability, fitness and conduct and availability of practicum sites. At this time, all practicum coordination will be through the Red Deer College, but placement is no limited to Red Deer.
Students should be aware that under the Protection for Persons in Care Act (January, 1998) they may be required to provide a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Search as well as an Alberta Children’s Services Intervention Record Check to the practicum placement supervisors prior to starting placements.A current First Aid Certificate and Health Immunization Record will be required in practicum placements.
Tuition and other fees are charged on a course by course basis; textbooks and supplies are additional.
Course ListSome courses related to this program are found here. Please see the academic calendar or this year's program planning guide for an up-to-date set of courses related to Education Assistant.
Career OpportunitiesGraduates will be prepared to find work as a Teacher Assistants.
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