Assisting Students in the K-12 Classroom

Education AssistantThe Education Assistant (EA) program at the College of the Rockies is a 10-month program that prepares students for a career in supporting students with diverse needs in K-12 classrooms.

The EA program can be done fully online or students may choose to take a selection of courses in a traditional classroom setting. Online courses have been designed to incorporate a high degree of discussion and interaction between students, and instructors are actively involved in guiding learning.

Thirty new full-time students (online or on campus) are accepted each year. Students start their studies in September and complete them by the end of the following June.

Part-time students (online or on campus) start in September of each year and have up to five years to complete the program's course work and practica.  The number of part time students accepted depends on the seats available in each course.

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Students in the program explore topics such as:

  • The roles and responsibilities of being an education assistant
  • The roles and responsibilities of classroom partners
  • The K-12 school system in BC
  • Educational paradigms
  • Social, emotional and cognitive development
  • Learning styles
  • Exceptionalities (causes, characteristics and accommodations)
  • Strategies for supporting literacy and numeracy
  • Techniques for guiding behaviours
  • Communication skills
  • Awareness of cultures
  • Health and Wellness

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