Your open heart, compassion and positive attitude could help students with a variety of challenges thrive in a school setting – find out how in our fully online Educational Assistant programs.


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Everything you need to know to be successful.



Educational assistants work with and support teachers in designing and implementing programs to help students maximize their school experience and reach their full potential. Some people consider that a job; people like you consider it a calling.

Your patience, creativity and understanding can make a difference in a student’s life – we’ll show you how and give you everything you need to get into the heart of this rewarding career. You’ll learn to help students who struggle with academics or who cope with behavioural issues, and you’ll come to understand many specific disabilities and how you can assist with these in an inclusive classroom setting.

Join us online for either one year (for a certificate) or two years (for a certificate and diploma) as you work towards a meaningful career. Designed to allow you to get your education wherever it’s convenient for you, our fully online Educational Assistant programs offer a flexible timeframe for completion. You can choose how many courses you take each term, from one class to a full-time load. And your practicum can be planned around your life or even take place at your work.

What are you waiting for? Begin your career today – apply for the Educational Assistant program!

Career opportunities

When you complete the certificate or the diploma program, your expertise will be in high demand. You’ll be able to find employment opportunities in:

  • Before & After School Programs
  • Elementary, Middle and High Schools
  • Kindergartens & Preschools
  • Recreation and Community Centres
  • Respite Care to Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • School Lunch Programs
  • Summer Camps and Summer Recreation Programs for Children with Special Needs
Starts In: Online delivery only - September, January and May
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: 1 - 2 years
Credential: Certificate (Year 1) / Diploma (Year 2)

  • Athabasca University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary

Delivery Format
Fully Online
Learning Environment

Note: Online learning students follow term schedule.

Year 1 (Certificate)

Note: Students will take ENG-1150 (Composition) or ENG-1190 (Introduction to Language and Literature).

The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communic.
  • EDU-1153 Foundations of Educational Assistance
  • EDU-1155 Math Instructional Support
  • EDU-1156 Language Arts Instructional Support
  • EDU-1162 Self-regulation in the Classroom
  • EDU-1163 Observation and Assessment
  • EDU-1165 Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • ENG-1150 Composition
  • FWK-1160 Field Placement I
  • FWK-1163 Field Placement II
  • HSP-1151 Family Systems and Development
  • PSY-1170 Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • SOC-2273 Multicultural Issues
Year 2 (Diploma)
Course Code Course Name Credits

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Electives (Please see Electives list).

The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • CPU-2253 Technology in Education
  • EDU-2250 Speech and Language Development
  • EDU-2252 ESL Instructional Support
  • EDU-2254 Health Issues in Education
  • EDU-2255 Educational Trends
  • EDU-2258 Case Studies of Challenging Behaviour
  • EDU-2260 Positive Behavioral Supports
  • EDU-2266 Sensory Impairments
  • FWK-2260 Field Placement III
  • FWK-2262 Field Placement IV
  • HSP-2250 Behaviour Functions Individuals w/ ASD
  • PSY-2250 Educational Psychology
Course Code Course Name Credits

Students may select from the above courses. Choices are dependent on scheduling. Other electives may be chosen with permission prior to enrolment and completion of the course.

The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • ECE-2270 Inclusion of Children with Special Needs
  • ENG-2285 Children's Literature
  • PSY-1179 Adolescent Development
  • PSY-2253 Child Psychopathology
  • PSY-2260 Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology


Students are accepted into the Educational Assistant program for the Fall (September), Winter (January) or Summer (May) terms.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.

Academic requirements

Applicants applying to the Educational Assistant diploma are required to have successfully completed a one-year Educational Assistant certificate or equivalent from a recognized college in order to enter the Educational Assistant diploma program.

Practice-based experience (PBE) requirements

This program has a required practice-based experience (PBE) component coordinated by the Placement Office. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.

Applicants are advised that they will be required to provide a criminal record check and an Alberta Children’s Services Intervention Record Check (IR Check) before entering the PBE component of the program. The existence of a criminal record may affect the field placement, program completion and employment prospects. The consequences of a prior criminal record will be examined and discussed on an individual basis.

Students doing field placements may complete these in their own communities or nearby areas.

Find out more about pre-placement requirements for your program.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.

Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.


Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 (Certificate) $3,420.00 $1,087.00 $1,250.00
Year 2 (Diploma) $3,278.00 $1,054.00 $650.00

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  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • Tuition for international students is assessed at three times that of domestic students. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

Strength of character, strength of certification

It takes strength to be an educational assistant – strength to advocate for those who are less powerful, strength to stand up in the face of adversity, strength to leave the day’s challenges at work and strength to continue caring deeply each time you enter the classroom.

Not just anyone can be an educational assistant, which is why several school divisions across Alberta are making the move to ensure their staff have the right qualifications. Many now require educational assistants to be on their way to completing a post-secondary certificate or diploma.

So whether you come to the Educational Assistant program fresh out of high school, in need of a career change or already employed in a school setting, two things are certain:

  1. It’s extremely rare to finish our certificate without having at least one job offer.
  2. It’s almost unknown to finish the diploma without already having a job.

Your education, your way

Designed to allow you to get your education wherever and whenever it’s convenient for you, both our Educational Assistant certificate and diploma are delivered fully online. With a flexible timeframe for completion and the option to choose full- or part-time studies, it’s easier than ever to fit your education into your life.

A word from the wise

Sarah King

“This program helped me realize my skills and utilize them to their fullest potential. Thanks to this program, I have been able to get a career that I love, and have made lifelong friends along the way!”


Paul Bryant

Retired principal of Mike Mountain Horse Elementary, Paul Bryant once said, “As Educational Assistant responsibilities become more diverse and challenging, the skills acquired through the college’s Educational Assistant program are invaluable.”


Nikki Gordon

“I have graduated from programs at Lethbridge College in both [online and in classroom] settings now and while having one-on-one instruction can often be beneficial, the freedom of distance education has been a great experience for myself and I would recommend it to anyone.”

– From Fall 2010 Wider Horizons


Gail McCready

“Doing the first practicum so early on in the program has been great; it has boosted my confidence, made me more sure about my decision.”


Anonymous student

“This program is like assembling a piece of furniture from Ikea; it looks like a lot of work but if you follow the instructions step by step with the tools you've been given you will easily get the result you are looking for.”