Education Assistant Diploma


Do you like making meaningful differences in children’s lives by touching their lives? Are you interested in working with exceptional learners? Then education assistant profession is just for you. Educational Assistants are valued members of the school team. Educational assistants are assigned to assist with programming for students who have been identified as having exceptional educational needs under the Education Act. Working under the principal, with the guidance of the School Based Team and classroom teacher in consultation with Special Programs Consultants, Educational Assistants assist classroom teachers in the implementation of Individualized Education Plans.

Education is the real path of a bright future and a good life because good education gives us the knowledge and understanding of life. It is because of this reason that Glenbow College prepares you for the diverse needs of exceptional learners by providing “both theoretical and practical education”. Glenbow College provides you “updated knowledge” by academic experienced instructors and at the same time enables you “hands on learning” with a practical approach.


Education Assistant (EA) diploma program at Glenbow College has two tiers, theoretical and practical education. Students at EA program will start with schooling history in Alberta. Then IT literacy module comes for learning the fundamentals of IT tools and software needed for education. To enable our students with high accuracy in their future profession, Glenbow College provides Effective Communication Skills module. The rest of the program is as follows:

  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Crisis Prevention and Intervention
  • Classroom Management
  • Children and Their Development
  • Language and Self Development in Children
  • Teaching Students with Special Needs
  • Tech Tools for Students with Learning Disabilities
  • Observation-Field Trip
  • Readiness for Career
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Practicum


Theory Onsite/Online/Online-Self Paced 730 hours.
Practice at workplace (Co-op Work Experience) 280 hours


Education Assistant Program at Glenbow College is licensed under the Private Career Colleges Branch of Alberta Advanced Education. Find out more by visiting the Government of Alberta website.


An Alberta Secondary School Diploma or equivalent (supported by transcript)*; or be at least 18 years of age or older and pass an entry test


The graduates have lots of opportunities of employment in public, private, independent schools and education/teaching settings such as:

  • early intervention programs
  • kindergarten to grade 12 all schools
  • after-school programs
  • post-secondary schools
  • child care centers
  • summer camps and day programs
  • home-schooling environments
  • parent link centers, native liaison or other social services in in which educational programs are offered and more!


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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.


Education assistant program is a high in demand program because the need for education assistants increases day by day due to the rise in students with exceptionalities. While studying your major diploma program at Glenbow College, accelerate or expand your career with an extra certificate in Non-Violent Crises Intervention Program which will be a great asset for you. Glenbow College gives you an opportunity to study a certificate program directly related to your career in the future. Don’t settle for less while you have more at Glenbow College. International practicum*opportunity for new beginnings and endless possibilities is waiting for you at Glenbow College. Book an information session to learn the unique opportunities and different schedule options waiting for you at Glenbow College.