The Educational Assistant Certificate program prepares you for a meaningful career working with children in school settings. Graduates will have the skills to assist students with exceptionalities by adapting their educational materials and programs. Educational Assistants also help students learn in one-on-one or small group situations, promote inclusion, prepare instructional materials for teachers, and monitor student progress.
At NLC, we understand our students need the flexibility to balance work and home. Our Educational Assistant program is flexible enough to fit into your lifestyle:
- Take classes from home, work, or on-campus
- Delivered online, through Supported Distance Learning
- Apply as a part-time or full-time student
- One-year certificate program for those in the full-time program
- There are two intakes per year into the full-time program. Students may start the program in September and January. There are three intakes per year into the part-time program. Students may start the program in September, January, and May.
Applications should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the term start date. Applications received with less than 4 weeks from the term start date may be processed for the next available start date.
This program is available to high school students. Talk to your high school counsellor for more information.
Learn more about Dual Credit.
Full-time September - June
- Term 1 dates September - December
- Term 2 dates January 4, 2022 – April 22, 2022
- Term 3 dates May 2, 2022 – June 24, 2022
Areas of Study+
Educational Assistants also observe and report student progress to teachers and other related professionals. As well, they help students learn in one-on-one or small group situations, promote inclusion, and prepare instructional materials for teachers. Courses include:
- Child and Adolescent Development
- Effectively Managing Student Behaviour in Educational Settings
- Interpersonal Communications for the Helping Profession
- Introduction to Educational Computer Applications
- Introduction to English Language and Literature
- Introduction to Exceptionalities
- Language Development and Instructional Strategies
- Leadership in Helping Professions
- Math Development and Instructional Strategies
- Practicum I & Seminar
- Practicum II
- Working with Children with Exceptionalities
Graduates will be prepared to assist children with exceptionalities in the kindergarten to grade 12 school system and in early intervention programs.
Further Educational Opportunities+
Graduates can transfer 12 credits into the Early Learning and Child Care Certificate program at NLC. Graduates may also transfer credits into Educational Assistant Diploma programs at other institutions.