Human Services

Educational Assistant - Courses

CAMPUS:Vermilion Campus & Online
ACCREDITATION:Certificate
Flexible program options
  • You may start the Educational Assistant program online.
  • You may take the program on the Vermilion campus. This includes one online course--it is a required course and only available online. You can choose to do it while you are on campus, or take it during another scheduled time in order to complete your certificate.
  • You can complete the program part-time in Sherwood Park.
  • You may use blended learning in any combination of face-to-face and online learning to complete all the required courses.
  • Please note: course fees are $424.20 per course with exception of elective ASL101 which is $640.40. Practicum fees are $298.20  per practicum.
For more information on program delivery, please contact the enrolment specialist.
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Required Courses CREDITS
CO 118 Communication Skills 3
This is a course in written communications focusing on the development of effective writing skills for the work place. Course content includes skill development in resume and cover letter writing; writing a research paper using APA format; preparing PowerPoint presentations and newsletters; emails and anecdotal reporting.
HS 114 Human Development I 3
Provides understanding of developing child from birth to five years. Trace changes that occur physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually during this period.
HS 115 Exploring Exceptionalities I 3
Provides introduction to children with exceptionalities by examining categories and characteristics of diversity. Explore issues pertinent to children and youth with exceptionalities and their families.
HS 155 Positive Behaviour Supports 3
The course includes an examination of attitudes, values, and skills within a holistic approach to support social and emotional development in terms of positive behaviours. Opportunities for examining the dynamics of behaviour are provided. This course also discusses various strategies to support the development of social and emotional skills and prosocial behaviour. Prerequisites:  None.
HS 214 Human Development II 3
Understand changes, physical, cognitive, social and personality, that take place from middle childhood through adulthood. Examine theoretical perspectives of human development through comparison of various assumptions and principles about growth and behaviour. Prerequisite: HS 114.
HS 225 Exploring Exceptionalities II 3
Explore strategies to enable individuals with exceptionalities to succeed in inclusive and other settings. Examine exceptionalities as well as assessment, planning and resources. Prerequisite: HS115.
HS 230 Sensory Development 3
This course examines brain development and sensory processing as it relates to planning activities for children.  Special emphasis is placed on sensory processing disorder.  This course explores strategies in relation to designing and adapting environments to meet the needs of children.
TA 121 Educational Assistant Practicum I 5
This course is the first practicum for Educational Assistant students.  Students gain experience as educational assistants in classroom settings.  This practicum is a four-week block placement.   P/F. Prerequisite: 3 courses completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
TA 122 Educational Assistant Practicum II 5
This course is the second practicum for Educational Assistant students.  Students gain experience as educational assistants meeting needs of individual students and groups of students where possible.  This practicum is a four-week block placement.   P/F. Prerequisite: TA 121 and successful completion of 9 courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
TA 140 Educational Assistant Professionalism 3
Focus on developing skills and attitudes necessary for a teacher assistant to work as an effective and professional team member in a school setting. Discuss roles and responsibilities, conflict resolution and legal and ethical issues.
TA 141 Supporting Instruction 3
This course examines the theories, key concepts, approaches and instructional strategies related to the teaching of language arts and mathematics. Emphasis is placed on adapting strategies, materials, activities used to support children needing assistance learning math, how to read and write. Prerequisites:  None.
Practicum placement requirements
  • Practicum agencies may require a criminal record check.
  • A Child Intervention Record System (CIRS) check may also be required.
Advanced credit for a practicum maybe be granted under specific circumstances. Download the advanced practicum application form (interactive pdf).
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Electives (Choose one) CREDITS
ASL 101 American Sign Language Level 1 Part A* 3
Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), its culture, and the community of Deaf persons who use this language. Learn how to have basic conversations, as well as use appropriate behaviours with the Deaf culture.
ED 120 Play 3
Overview of significance of play in development of child. Includes nature and development of play in children, organizing meaningful play experiences, designing play oriented activity centres and development of outdoor play spaces.
HS 183 Personal Assistance Awareness 3
This course provides the human services worker with an introduction to personal assistance procedures.  Students are exposed to various medical procedures and personal care skills that may be used to support children, youth and adults with disabilities across a variety of settings.
HS 236 Assessment & Intervention 3
This course is designed to combine knowledge related to intervention and case management procedures in human services.  Students are provided with a variety of intervention strategies. students develop their skills related to case management for children, youth and families who face adversity.
YC 218 Animal Assisted Interventions 3
Animal Assisted Interventions is a unique and growing field in working with children, youth and families. This course explores why animals are currently being recognized as effective people helpers. An overview of the different ways animals have been helping people throughout history is provided with an in depth look at their role in assisting people in need. Students should take this course to gain a better understanding of the human-animal bond and the benefits animals can provide to people in need.
* Available alternate years
 
Electives
  • You only need to chose one elective.
  • If you have completed HS242 do not select an elective as this course meets requirements to complete the Educational Assistant Certificate.
What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience