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This program Is no longer available. Students enrolled in the part-time Para Educator program prior to July 1, 2010 will be able to complete the program by taking the equivalent courses in the Educational Assistant program. For a list of equivalent courses please go to the Educational Assistant program and click on Other Information.

Admission Requirements

1. Manitoba Grade 12
2. Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACRVS) Check and Provincial Child Abuse Registry (PCAR) Check conducted within six months of attending the practicum. See CO-OP/Practicum Information for details.

English-as-an Additional Language (EAL) applicants are required to have a Canadian Language Benchmark Level of 7 for Speaking, Reading, and Writing and Level 8  for Listening.

Special Admission Requirements
Applicants who will be 19 years of age on or before September 30 in their year of registration, and who have been out of high school for a minimum of one year who do not meet the regular admission requirements may apply under the special admission requirements. Individuals applying as a special admission applicant must also meet admission requirement 2 as outlined above. An official transcript, resume, and a one-page handwritten letter explaining why they are interested in the program must also be submitted.

Note: Distance Education students must have access to email.

Who Should Enrol?

Those who are employed or want to be employed as para-educators in school divisions or private schools.

Program Outline

Note: Students require a C+ in each course to successfully complete the program. The practicum is based on a Pass/Fail.

Special Education in Canadian Schools and Orientation to the School System are prerequisites to further study. The following courses are listed in the order in which they should be taken.

  • Special Education in Canadian Schools - C/D
  • Orientation to the School System - C/D  
  • Characteristics of Learners - C/D
  • Observation, Record Keeping and Reporting - C/D
  • Instructional Content and Practice - C/D
  • Supporting the Teaching & Learning Environment - C/D
  • Managing Student Behaviour & Social Interaction - C/D
  • Communication & Collaborative Partnerships - C/D
  • Professionalism and Ethical Practice - C/D
  • Introduction to Learning Disabilities - C/D
  • Instructional Technology - C/D
  • Practicum - Para-Educator (all theory courses must be completed) - C/D
    Practicum Option - Para-Educator (all theory courses must be completed)

Legend: C/D - Classroom or Distance Delivery | C - Classroom Delivery
D - Distance Delivery

You have a maximum of eight years to complete this program through part-time learning.

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CO-OP/Practicum Information

Red River College Regional Campuses:

The practicum integrates theory and practice in the work environment by providing first-hand experience. 

Practicum Prerequisite:  All theory courses successfully completed.

All students entering the practicum must complete the following:

1.  Criminal Records check to be completed 1 month prior to  practicum. (Students with a criminal record may not be able to complete their practicum).
2.  Child Abuse Registry check to be completed 1 month prior to practicum. (Students with a child abuse record may not be able to complete their practicum).

Every effort will be made to place students in a facility of specific interest but due to facility availability, instructor time factors, and practicum timing in general, the final placement decision will be made by the Red River College instructor. 

The practicum is assessed on a pass/fail basis.

School of Continuing and Distance Education:

Fulltime program practicum hours are extended.

Placements are available on a limited and fluctuating basis. There may be a waiting period for practicum registrations and placements. Practicum placements will be determined by the College.

To be eligible to register for the practicum, students must:
1. Successfully complete all theory courses.
2. Write a resume/letter of introduction to be approved by the practicum instructor and to be presented to the immediate supervisor at the first practicum session.
3. Submit Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACRVS) Check and Provincial Child Abuse Registry (PCAR) Check conducted within six months of attending the practicum. Original documents must be submitted. For further information, please go to: Police Information Check

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The theory component explores the developmental needs of children and the instructional strategies required to meet these needs. The practicum component integrates theory and practice by providing first hand experience in a school based environment.  The school experience provides the para-educator candidates with an opportunity to observe and to participate in activities that assist students and teachers.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

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Graduation Requirements

When you have successfully completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply to graduate. Complete details and forms can be found at

Questions? Please call 694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073 for assistance.

Part-time programs must be completed within 8 years from the start of the first course in the program unless otherwise stated in the program outline.

Students who obtain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or better will graduate with honours. Students will not be granted more than 75% of credit requirements for graduation through transfer of credit. Students with any course failures within their program of study will not be eligible for the honours designation.

Employment Potential

Para-educator graduates will find a range of entry-level employment opportunities in educational settings.

Contact Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) for related programs and services at their website, for employment information.

Contact Information

For further information contact:

School of Continuing Education
E113-2055 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9
Phone: 204.694.1789 or 1.866.242.7073
Fax: 204.633.6489


Interlake Campus
Box 304
825 Manitoba Avenue
Selkirk, MB  R1A 1T0
Toll-free: 1-866-946-3241
Phone: 204-785-5328
Fax: 204-482-7082

Portage Campus
32–5th St. S.E.
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 1J2
Phone: 204-856-1914
Fax: 204-856-1915

Steinbach Campus
Unit 2-385 Loewen Blvd.
Steinbach, MB  R5G 0B3
Phone: 204.320.2500
Fax: 204.346.0178

Winkler Campus
100-561 Main Street
Winkler, MB  R6W 1E8
Phone: 204.325.9672
Fax: 204.325.4947

How to Register

For information on how to register for courses in this program, follow the link below.

Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

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College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

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