Special Needs Educational Assistant Certificate
Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Department of Human Services and Early Learning
The Special Needs Educational Assistant program prepares graduates to assist teachers in developing and implementing appropriate instructional programs and methods within educational settings. The implementation of inclusive educational policies for students with special needs has created a strong demand for trained educational assistants. The certificate provides a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge combined with practical strategies to support classroom instructional, behavioural, and social learning of students with exceptionalities.
The program is offered in full-time day, part-time evening, and distance formats.
On-Campus Day Program
The 8 month (September - April) full-time program is offered at City Centre Campus.
On-Campus Part-time Evening Program
Evening classes are offered at City Centre Campus. Students can begin classes in September or January and complete the program in 2-4 years.
Distance study makes the program accessible to students regardless of geographic location and provides the flexibility to balance studies with professional and family responsibilities. Students access their course material and readings online and become part of a virtual community of learners. Students learn content through a combination of self-study and faculty guided online discussions. The program can be completed in 2-4 years
Educational assistants are employed as valuable members of learning teams in a variety of educational settings including pre-school early intervention programs, kindergarten through grade 12 and post-secondary programs. The demand for program graduates in the field continues to be high.
Toll free: 1-888-497-5146 ext 5146
Robbins Health Learning Centre
Room 9-414, 10910 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2
Program of Study
|TAST 101||Child and Adolescent Development||3|
|TAST 107||Students with Diverse Learning Support Needs I||3|
|TAST 125||Collaborative Team Practice||3|
|TAST 128||Assistive and Adaptive Technology||3|
|Three credits of university English (includes WRIT 101)||3|
|TAST 102||Supporting Classroom Behaviour Management||3|
|TAST 103||Language Learning and Math Across the Curriculum||3|
|TAST 114||Specialized Skills and Practice||2|
|TAST 117||Students with Diverse Learning Support Needs II||3|
The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.
Learners admitted to this program are presumed to be capable of fulfilling the academic requirements of the program with, if applicable, provision of reasonable accommodation. The reasonable accommodation of learners with disabilities shall not require the university to lower its standards, academic or otherwise, nor shall it relieve a learner of the responsibility to develop and demonstrate the essential skills and competencies expected of all learners pursing this program (policy E3400, Students with Disabilities).
Regulations Governing Work Integrated Learning Activities
Completion of one practicum course is required. Learners must comply with policy C2060 Work Integrated Learning and other applicable policies and regulations of the university and host organization. In accordance with policy C2060, the university reserves the right to remove a learner from the work integrated learning experience at any point in the experience for serious performance issues (i.e., engaging in behaviour that places the client and/or others at risk or that is contrary to the professional or safety requirements of the placement). In such cases and with concurrence of the Dean, the learner will be assigned a grade of F in the course. Although the decision may be appealed according to policy E3103 Student Appeals, the learner will not be permitted to remain in the work integrated learning experience during the appeal.
Host organizations may specify additional prerequisite requirements for work integrated learning experiential activities, for example, a current, clear Police Information Check (PIC), current Child Welfare Check or currency of immunization or first aid certification.
Learners whose PIC status changes or who lack other specified additional requirements compromise their ability to complete the program requirements as they may be denied work integrated learning experiences and, therefore, be unable to meet graduation requirements.
Learners are responsible for any costs they incur related to travel to and from and parking at the host site.
Learners acknowledge that, during scheduled course periods, they are expected to attend practicum during the days/hours as outlined in the program and by the host. Learners will be notified of their particular hours prior to the start of the placement. Hours of attendance may vary between host organizations.
Police Information Check
A current, clear police information check with vulnerable sector check is required for practicum placement. This check must be completed no earlier than three months prior to the practicum start date and submitted no later than the document deadline posted by the program (must be received by the program prior to placement). Having a pardon in progress does not meet the admission requirement for a clear police information check.
Students are responsible for obtaining police information check with vulnerable sector check and for making these available upon request to both the program and the practicum host.
First Aid certification may be required by practicum hosts. If so, the student is responsible to obtain and pay for the course/certification.