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Educational Assistant Certificate (2023-2025)

Program Start: 14 October 2023
Application Deadline: 7 October 2023
Location: Tisdale
Credit Granting Institution: Sask Polytech
Length: 2 year program


If you like working one-on-one with students with different needs, and you want to see them included in the classroom, becoming an educational assistant might be the career for you. Educational assistants provide the all-important one-on-one support that makes today’s inclusive classrooms possible.

The Educational Assistant program is respected by school boards province-wide. We’ll teach you the skills and give you the hands-on experience you need to make a lasting difference in a student's life.

Your job will be to assist classroom teachers by working with children or youth with diverse learning needs. This Saskatchewan Polytechnic program provides you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need, including:

  • basic care skills (lifting to feeding)
  • classroom management and crisis prevention techniques and strategies
  • communication skills and professionalism
  • cultural awareness and family dynamics
  • exceptionalities (causes, characteristics and accommodations)
  • social, emotional, cognitive development (children and teens)
  • supporting teachers in specific subject areas
  • your role in the classroom


To qualify you must have

  • You need to apply to the Educational Assistant program by completing an online application form, plus your high school and any post-secondary transcripts, must be sent to:

Sarah Haidey, Registrar
Cumberland College
Box 2320
Melfort, SK S0E 1A0
Fax: 306-752-3484
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  • You may come into this program, even if you already have some of the courses listed. Please contact the Program Coordinator to discuss how this might affect you. 
  • You must be committed to attending classes on the listed dates. Please note that this program is scheduled to be delivered periodically on evenings and weekends. 
  • The number of class hours are based on the credit hours and credit units as outlined by SaskPolytech. 


** The tuition & student fees listed below reflects the total tuition amount & student fees for all 6 courses for 2023-2024. When course registration opens, the tuition amount per course will be visible. 

Tuition: $3,605*
Books & Supplies: $1,500*
Student Fees: $120
Health & Dental Plan: $252*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.


  • This program will be delivered on a part-time basis and will be offered from 2023-2025.
  • First a student must apply, then upon acceptance letter will be able to register and pay for classes online.
  • There is space for 15 students in each module. 
  • Spots will be secured with a paid registration.
  • Registrations will close 1 week before the start date of the module.
  • For each module, there will be at least 3 days where you will have face-to-face classes and there will be at least 4 days of virtual classes you will need to attend. 
  • BOOKS - you are responsible to order your books from the Saskpoly bookstore.  We suggest you order books at least 2 weeks before your class starts.  More details to follow in July.
  • CANCELLATIONS:  If you choose not to take a course you must cancel 3 business days or more before the course starts to receive a refund.  If you cancel less than 3 business days before no refund will be received.
  • Should you have any questions about program delivery - please contact the Program Coordinator - Sabrina McNevin 
  • For planning your courses,  please contact our Advisor -
  • Accepted applicants may be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Checks prior to entering the practicum component of the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, the student may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Checks. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Checks are the responsibility of the student.

Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

See link(s) below to get more information about PLAR.


Educational Assistant graduates work in elementary, junior high and high schools in communities around the province. School divisions offer full-time, part-time, and casual positions. You might be based in the classroom or resource room. You might assist with a lunch program or a before/after school program.

You can also explore career opportunities outside the traditional school setting—in youth centres, community centres, care facilities and alternative education programs.

Educational Assistant Certificate 2023-2025 (Part-Time) allows registration in the following courses

(CLTR100) Diversity (CLTR100)

You will examine the elements of cultural, gender and disability diversity in Canada and the processes that promote inclusion. You will explore elements of Indigenous culture with a view to understanding both historical elements and contemporary issues in Canada. Your studies will also provide opportunities to participate in various cultural practices.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0

(EDUC180) Supporting Instruction I (EDUC180)

You will be introduced to individual learning styles and other factors that influence learning differences in students. You will learn strategies that facilitate student learning including instructional approaches, classroom management, effective observation and recording, and the role of Personal Program Plans (PPP).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0

(HUMD100) Child and Adolescent Development (HUMD100)

You will study the developmental milestones from conception to adolescence. The course provides an introduction to the theories of learning and personality, brain development and methods of studying human behavior, including indigenous worldviews. You will learn about the effects of heredity and the environment, including culture, on the emotional, social, cognitive and physical development of children and behavior.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0

(HUMD101) Guiding Behaviour (HUMD101)

You will discuss perspectives that educators have regarding the classroom and behaviour. You will examine how cognitive development plays a role in guiding behaviour. You will be able to describe the role that the environment plays in determining and guiding behaviour. You will be introduced to an overview of positive guidance and have the opportunity to select and implement strategies that teach self-control and self-regulation. You will also learn about traditional Indigenous practices as they apply to guiding behavior.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0

(JOBS125) Essential Job Skills (JOBS125)

You will develop essential job skills by preparing job search documents and practicing effective interpersonal communication skills for the workplace.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0

(PD101) Professionalism in the Educational Setting (PD101)

You will explore and build employability skills needed to become a professional educator. You will learn about the expertise, skills, and disposition of a well-qualified educational assistant. Students will receive Certification in Workplace Hazardous Information System (WHNIS) and Safe Food Handling upon completion of this course.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0

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