EDUAF-CT Educational Assistant Certificate

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Overview

  • Six-month certificate program
  • Part-time study available
  • Entry dates vary by Campus.
  • Delivered at five campuses:
    • Interlake Campus, Selkirk
    • Portage Campus, Portage la Prairie 
    • Steinbach Campus, Steinbach 
    • Winkler Campus, Winkler 
    • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Practicum experience


Description

This program prepares you for a career working with students in an educational setting to support the work of the teachers and clinicians. 

You will study and explore the developmental needs of children, as well as the instructional strategies to meet those needs.  There is a focus on a variety of relevant topics ranging from inclusive education and learner characteristics to supporting the learning environment, managing behavior, and professionalism.

Oral presentations, written assignments, and group projects are part of the program.

You can also complete this program through part-time study evening courses. To learn how, see Educational Assistant Certificate

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF APPLYING (unless otherwise noted below).

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in Grade 12.
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter.
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.

  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for verification purposes. 
        or
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option. within 30 days of applying. If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
        or
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for review.
    • If you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • Approved English language assessments and required levels for this program are:
      • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Certificate - exit Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels from an English as a second language (ESL) program:
        Listening 8, Speaking 8, Reading 8, Writing 8 
        or
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic):
        Listening 6.5, Speaking 6.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.5
        or
      • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST):
        Listening 4.5,  Speaking 4.5,  Reading 4.5,  Writing 4.0
      • If completing an assessment, we strongly advise you complete it before submitting your application to ensure you meet language requirements and can submit your results within 30 days of applying.
      • Assessment results must be dated within two years of your application date.
      • After confirming you’ve met English language requirements through your assessment results, the College will send you an e-mail requesting submission of your transcripts. 
        and
  3. Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

1. Academic Requirement
o High school graduation is not required, but you must submit an office transcript
o Include resume
o Submit one page hand written letter explain why you are interested in the program.


You must meet the other regular Admissions Requirements 2 & 3 above.

Program Progression Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program but prior to registration into your practicum placement you will be required to submit the following:

  • An original official Adult Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Search (ACRVS)
  • An original official Child Abuse Registry (CAR) Check (provincial)

If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete the program.

If you are listed on the Child Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete the program.

These requirements have expiration dates, and should be completed close to your program start dates. Further information will be provided.

Who Should Enrol?

To succeed in this program you should have good oral and written communications skills in the English language and basic mathematical problem solving skills.

You must demonstrate active listening skills and be willing to accept direction and responsibility. You should be flexible and be able to work in a team setting.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Steinbach Oct 01, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$5,128.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$600.00

Winnipeg Locations

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Nov 25, 2019 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$5,845.001
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$450.00
1Includes Health and Dental Fees

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
8888
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada))
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
8888
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
4.54.54.54.0
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
6.56.56.56.5
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
20201924

Program Outline

You must successfully complete 17 courses and the practicum to graduate from this program. Total program hours will be either 548 or 554 hours, depending on your chosen electives.

Courses to be taken in the following order:

  • Basic Computer Applications (EDUA-1001)
  • Academic Writing (EDUA-1002)
  • Inclusive Education (EDUA-1003)
  • EA Roles and Responsibilities (EDUA-1004)
  • Communication & Partnerships (EDUA-1006)
  • Portfolio Development  (EDUA-1005)

Can be taken in any order but recommend the following:

  • Characteristics of Learners (EDUA-1007)
  • Managing Behaviour (EDUA-1008)
  • Supporting Learning Environment (EDUA-1009)
  • Observation & Documentation (EDUA-1010)
  • Professionalism (EDUA-1011)
  • Instructional Technology (EDUA-1012)
  • Exceptional Students (EDUA-1013)
  • ELA Content & Practice (EDUA-1014)
  • Math Content & Practice (EDUA-1015)
  • First Aid/CPR

Elective: (choose one)

  • NVCI - (SEMR-9078)
  • WEVAS - (PDEV-1080)

Final course:

  • Practicum-Educational Assistant (PRAC-1035) or
  • Practicum-EA Option


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

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
EDUA-1001Basic Computer ApplicationsRPL
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The purpose of this course is to increase fundamental knowledge and skills using a current Windows operating system. The course content includes an introduction to common Microsoft Office 2010 or higher applications including Word, Email, Internet and PowerPoint. Being able to competently use instructional technology should enable you to assist teachers and support students more effectively.

EDUA-1002Academic WritingRPL
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This course instructs the techniques and processes for educational assistants to produce accurate documentation in written communication skills using a variety of genre. It outlines the use of a thesis statement and APA format for research purposes. Emphasis is placed on sentence structure, developing a variety of sentence types and the correct use of grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation. The intent of this course is to provide educational assistants with the skills to support students in the writing process. The course should improve the educational assistant’s written communication with teachers.

Prerequisites:
EDUA-1003Inclusive EducationRPL
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This course examines the evolution of inclusive education in the public school system with an emphasis on the supportive services available to students in an inclusive classroom setting. The majority of educational assistants working in Manitoba school are employed to support students receiving inclusive education services.  This course supplies background information that assists educational assistants to contribute to meaningful discussions about students who have exceptionalities. It puts the educational assistants “in the loop” without requiring that they be “experts” and without implying that they are in any way responsible for programming decisions.  This course helps the educational assistants to better interpret program instructions and implementation strategies. This knowledge assists educational assistants to participate on a more meaningful level than simply following instruction. It helps educational assistants to prepare for the variety of challenges that they encounter in schools with an emphasis on making their work more effective in the supporting role that they serve with teachers in assisting students to work toward achieving the outcomes that have been identified in their program.  This course provides basic terminology related to inclusive education that enables educational assistants to dialogue with teachers regarding students who have specific exceptionalities. 

Prerequisites:
EDUA-1004EA Roles & ResponsibilitiesRPL
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This course familiarizes you with the school system and how to effectively operate within this setting. It provides a detailed study of how a school system functions. Emphasis is placed on the roles and responsibilities of the educational assistant in the classroom and within the educational support system.
Educational assistants serve an important and dynamic role in providing educational opportunities to students and in making schools more efficient and effective. Gaining knowledge concerning the school system’s operations and the role descriptions of educational assistants and other staff enables you to attend to your duties with confidence.

Prerequisites:
EDUA-1005Portfolio DevelopmentRPL
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Develop a professional portfolio that will be the foundation of your career development.  Developing a professional portfolio will build your own and other's awareness of your proven skills, knowledge and understanding.  Learn what to document, how to document it, and how to use your professional portfolio for a successful job interview.

 

Prerequisites:
EDUA-1006Communication & PartnershipsRPL
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This course provides an overview of communication skills and strategies that foster effective team functioning as well as a rationale for effective communication and collaborative teamwork. There is a focus on interpersonal communication that involves relating to others in verbal, non-verbal, visual and written forms. Throughout this course, students will have the opportunity to try the techniques suggested and self-evaluate to find the communications styles that work best for specific individuals. 

Prerequisites:
EDUA-1007Characteristics of LearnersRPL
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This course examines the process of learning for all children. Topics include stages of development, learning styles, theories of learning, influences on learning and theories of intelligence.

Prerequisites:
EDUA-1008Managing BehaviourRPL
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Management of student behaviour is a major concern for teachers and educational assistants because of its importance in establishing a positive learning environment. This course provides information and strategies on how educational assistants can contribute to an effective behaviour management approach.
Supporting the teacher in providing behavioural and social support to students is one of the main roles of educational assistants, therefore, it is important for educational assistants to have the skills to effectively manage student behaviour and assist in the development of the social interaction skills of students.
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Prerequisites:
EDUA-1009Supporting Learning EnvironmentRPL
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This course provides an overview of how the learning environment influences learning outcomes and the ways that educational assistants support students. The main function of an educational assistant in a classroom is to provide support for students and assist teachers so that students can achieve the outcomes that have been identified for them in their program.  Student contact time is identified as a main role of educational assistants. This course provides a detailed description of an educational assistant’s role and responsibilities in providing tutorial support for students.

Prerequisites:
EDUA-1010Observation & DocumentationRPL
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This course provides an overview of the reasons for student assessment and evaluation with a focus on how the educational assistant can assist in student observation, record keeping and reporting to the teacher. Educational assistants observe and record student performance, therefore it is important that they are aware of the assessment process and gain knowledge regarding ways that they can support this process.

Prerequisites:
EDUA-1011ProfessionalismRPL
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This course explores aspects of professional conduct and ethical practices as they relate to interacting with students, teachers, other school staff and the community. Educational assistants encounter ethical issues, including confidentiality, record management and the demands placed upon them by teachers and staff. Therefore, it is important that educational assistants discuss and practice ethical guidelines.

Prerequisites:
EDUA-1012Instructional TechnologyRPL
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This course uses a hands-on approach to familiarizing students with the various ways in which technology can be used as an instructional tool. Students are engaged in acquiring knowledge and practicing subject specific skills and procedures using technology. Being able to competently use instructional technology should enable educational assistants to assist teachers and support students more effectively. This course gives a focus to curriculum support and assistive/augmentative technology.

Prerequisites:
EDUA-1013Exceptional StudentsRPL
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This course provides information about specific student exceptionalities, how certain characteristics may affect the learning process of students and strategies that can be utilized by educational assistants working with students who experience these challenges.  As an educational assistant, it is important to be knowledgeable about the diverse educational characteristics of students in classrooms and the implications of these characteristics for instruction. This course provides an emphasis on making the educational assistant’s work more effective in the supporting role with teachers in assisting students to work toward achieving the outcomes that have been identified in their program. This course provides the basic terminology that enables educational assistants to dialogue with teachers regarding students who have specific exceptionalities.

Prerequisites:
EDUA-1014ELA Content & PracticeRPL
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This course provides information and practical strategies for educational assistants that should make their work more effective when supporting students in the English Language Arts curriculum. The language arts program is a major content area that educational assistants will encounter when working with individual and groups of students. By developing knowledge and strategies in this content area, educational assistants will be more informed to assist teachers and support students more effectively.

Prerequisites:
EDUA-1015Math Content & PracticeRPL
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This course focuses on building encouragement, positive attitudes, confidence and academic content, practice and strategy application that can be utilized by educational assistants when supporting student learning in Mathematics. Developing knowledge of the curriculum, math processes, positive attitudes and core competencies will enable educational assistants to support students and teachers more effectively.

Prerequisites:
HEAL-1047Mental Health First Aid - Youth
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Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in youth, to provide initial help and to guide youth toward appropriate support.


The Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth (MHFA) training course was developed to help people provide initial support to youth aged 12 to 24 who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA Canada teaches mental health first aid skills. The course does not train people to be therapists, counsellors or mental health professionals, but if crises do arise, members of the public can take action that may reduce the harm that could result.

HEAL-1846Emerg. First Aid with CPR C
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This course provides simple First Aid and CPR techniques taught in an interactive environment for individuals who want an overview of First Aid and CPR for the home or workplace. This  course covers the role, function and responsibilities of the first aider, skills needed to recognize and respond to emergencies, shock and  treatment, major bleeds. obstructed airway and other breathing emergencies, cardiovascular emergencies,  and CPR Level C. CPR Level C covers adult/child/baby CPR - one rescuer, adult/child/baby choking, barrier devices/pocket masks, AED, adult/child 2-rescuer CPR.

LIBR-9001Library
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PDEV-1080WEVAS
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Learn to recognize challenging behaviour and develop the skills that focus on your response. Improve your communication skills to help the student return to a safe learning state.

PRAC-1035Practicum - E.A.
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This course provides practical experience through interaction with students and staff in an approved educational setting. It provides the student with an opportunity to shadow and observe experienced educational assistants, to have student contact time and to participate in tutoring activities with students while supporting classroom teachers. At the practicum site, educational assistant candidates are expected to participate as fully as possible in the delivery of support services. This includes working cooperatively as an active team member, sharing responsibilities for carrying out prescribed duties, demonstrating self-initiative, attending required meetings and contributing new ideas and approaches appropriate to the placement. Educational assistants are under the supervision of the site supervisor or designate for the entire duration of the placement period.

Prerequisites:
SEMR-9078Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (r) Training Program
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The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (R) Program is a safe, non-harmful behaviour management system designed to aid human service professionals in the management of disruptive and assaultive people, even during the most violent moments. It has been developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute, a training organization devoted to training staff in the safe management of potentially violent individuals.

CO-OP/Practicum Information

The practicum for this program integrates theory and practice in the work environment by providing first-hand experience. The practicum is assessed on a pass/fail basis.

For practicums from the School of Continuing Education, Winnipeg:

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.

To be eligible to register for the practicum, you 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, upon start of the program, Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACRVS) and Provincial Child Abuse Registry (PCAR) check documents dated no more than six months prior to you attending the practicum. You must submit original documents. For further information, see: Police Information Check

For practicums at Red River College Regional Campuses:

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, you must:
  1. Successfully complete all theory courses.
  2. Submit, upon acceptance into the program, Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACRVS) and Provincial Child Abuse Registry (PCAR) check documents, dated no more than six months prior to you attending the practicum. (Students with a criminal record may not be able to complete their practicum). You must submit original documents.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, you should be able to:

  • Provide assistance to resource and/or classroom teachers in the preparation of course materials
  • Establish rapport with students and differentiate support according to individual behavior
  • Manage student behavior while providing supervision according to the classroom management style practiced by the classroom teacher
  • Demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills appropriate to the level of the audience
  • Use a variety of technology appropriate to the school and classroom environment
  • Provide medical support to students as required and permitted by regulations and school policy
  • Demonstrate safe work practices and respond to emergencies as they arise
  • Demonstrate organizational skills, ethical behavior, and accountability as a para-professional working in a school environment
  • Facilitate instructional activities under supervision of a teacher
  • Comply with laws and regulations that pertain to a school environment and related activities

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 www.rrc.ca/rpl.

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.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate you must successfully complete all courses, with a minimum of C+ or 65% in each, and pass the practicum. The practicum is evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

You will not be granted more than 75% of your credit requirements for graduation through transfer of credit.

When you have completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply for your certificate. Call the School of Continuing Education at 204-694-1789 or toll-free at 1-866-242-7073, or one of the regional campuses.  When you receive your certificate, you will be invited to participate in one of the College's semi-annual graduation ceremonies. For complete details and forms, see http://www.rrc.ca/convocation.

Graduation with Honours
If you obtain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or better for the program, you will graduate with honours. If you fail any course in the program, you will not be eligible for this honours designation.

Employment Potential

Educational Assistant graduates will find a range of entry-level employment opportunities in educational settings.

For employment information from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), visit http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

School of Continuing Education
E113 - 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9
Phone: 204-694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073
Fax: 204-633-6489
Email: cde@rrc.ca

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
Email: interlake@rrc.ca

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

Steinbach Campus
Unit 2 - 385 Loewen Blvd.
Steinbach, MB   R5G 0B3
Phone: 204-320-2500
Fax: 204-346-0178
Email: steinbach@rrc.ca

Winkler Campus
100 - 561 Main Street
Winkler, MB   R6W 1E8
Phone: 204-325-9672
Fax: 204-325-4947
Email: winkler@rrc.ca

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

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.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

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.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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