Overview

With your high school diploma and certificate as an Education Assistant, you’ll have the skills you need to start working in the school system. Experience focused one-on-one instructor attention, with a schedule that fits your needs in either our day or evening program.

You will gain both a high school diploma and an Education Assistant certificate. The program is an additional four months after the completion of your compulsory high school credits. You will graduate ready to work in the education field with the practical skills needed to have a rewarding career. Day and evening classes begin every September and January. The Education Assistant intake is in January. 

This program has several learning options to meet your needs. We offer traditional classroom instruction with options to choose either day or evening programs or flex learning (independent study) for our Mature Student High School portion of the program. You will have the opportunity to earn dual credits that count towards both high school and college credit, provided you attain the required percentage grade.

Our supportive learning community is accentuated by student mingling areas, study areas, classrooms, computer labs and free wireless Internet. Your designated student success advisor will help you map your education and career goals. You will have regular access to a learning strategist, an Indigenous services officer, elders and tutors to support your success.

Learn the basic skills and concepts needed to start working in the school system. You will be able to work as part of a team in supporting children with diverse needs. 

Admissions

  • Meet the admission requirements for the Mature Student High School diploma program found under Adult Learning - Mature Student High School (MSHS) in this calendar

  • Prior to starting the Education Assistant program applicants
    must provide: Proof of current certification in cardiopulmonary (CPR) level C, Current criminal record check, Current child abuse registry check

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. 

Every September, November, January and April the Adult Collegiate in Brandon begins a new quarter so there are many entry points to begin your Mature High School Diploma. We offer traditional classroom instruction with options to choose either day or evening programs. Students also have the opportunity to earn dual credits that count for both high school and college credit.

Many agencies where students are placed for practicum experience require students to disclose convictions for any offenses. In some instances, applicants with a criminal record or listed on the Child Abuse Registry may be unable to complete the program. If you fall into one of these categories, please contact the School of Health & Human Services prior to applying.

Applying

Step 1: Make an appointment with our Student Success Advisor. Please contact us at 204.725.8735 extension 7134. They will meet with you and develop a personalized education plan that will address your specific needs and future goals. It would greatly help us if you could bring with you any previous high school transcripts.

Step 2: Part of your personalized plan may mean that you write a computerized placement test called ACCUPLACER.  It takes about an hour and a half to complete.  The purpose of this test is simply to determine your current reading and math levels so that we can make sure you get into the right courses. 

Before the test is taken, we recommend that you get the preparation package which has examples and a key. You can come to our office for a paper copy.

Step 3: Once you feel prepared to write the test, please contact us at 204.725.8735 extension 7134 and set up a time and date. 

Step 4: Once you have taken your test you need to make another appointment with the Student Success Advisor to go over your results and do a course plan. You can make the appointment either at the front desk just after you write your test or by calling the number above.

Step 5: In your appointment, the Student Success Advisor will determine from your test scores what courses you need to take, and establish a timetable for you. If you already have some high school credits, we will need to have an original official transcript in order to transfer those credits over.  

Careers & Connections

Careers

Graduates find employment as classroom assistants in primary, middle and senior years schools, direct aides for students with disabilities, social service agency youth workers and private assistants for children requiring extra help. 

Connections

Graduates of this program are eligible to receive advanced standing in several other programs, including Early Childhood Education at Assiniboine.

This program is offered in partnership with Assiniboine Community College's School of Health and Human Services. Students graduate with a Mature Student High School Diploma and a college-level Education Assistant certificate. Graduates may be able to transfer some credits earned in the program to the Early Childhood Education program at Assiniboine. Practicum experiences allow you to connect with potential employers.

Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

We focus our personalized services to suit your specific needs. Designated student advisors will help you map your education and career goals. You will have regular access to a learning strategist, aboriginal services officer, elders, tutors, accessibility and disability services coordinator, to serve your needs and assist in your success. Educational software is also available to enhance your learning experience.

Our supportive learning community environment is accentuated by student mingling areas, study areas, computer labs, Interactive Television (ITV) classroom, free wireless internet, a testing centre and lunch programs. You will benefit from the collegiate campus and have access to other services ACC has to offer.

High School textbooks will be provided to you by the Adult Collegiate. The Integrated Education Assistant program requires you to purchase your own textbooks, supplies and uniforms. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

Any tools and supplies that you may require for your high school labs will be provided for you. You will, however, be responsible for providing your own binders, pens, paper, and other materials that will assist you in the classroom.


At-Home Computing

Programs at Assiniboine have certain technology requirements. Students require access to computer devices at home and may be required to bring these on campus when instructed.

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer at home. It should have a webcam, microphone and internet access to enable remote learning for the theory portions of your programs.

At-Home Computing Information

Courses & Costs

To graduate with an Education Assistant certificate, students must successfully complete 30 academic credits and 2 practical credits.

To graduate with a Mature Student High School diploma, students must earn a total of 8 credits, 4 of which must be at the Grade 12 level. Some of these credits will be dual credits earned in the Education Assistant program. Grade 12 English Language Arts and Grade 12 Mathematics are required credits. The dual credits can also apply to a regular high school diploma, which requires the students to complete 30 credits.

Credits earned from previously attended institutions may be applied towards graduation requirements. An official transcript is required to transfer credits.

The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline. 

In Brandon, the Adult Collegiate fees charged per one credit course is $20.50 for materials and fees, plus $25.70 for Students’ Association fees ($46.20 total).

For the Education Assistant portion of the program, tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $2,120. Estimated costs for books and supplies is $1,040. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

There will be additional costs for the required Child Abuse Registry Check, Criminal Record Check, and CPR certification.

The program may cost less if the student has transferrable high school credits.

Schedule

The Adult Collegiate is in session from September to June each year. Intakes are in September and January with core courses of English and Math being offered on a semester system. A student can enter at any of those times.

The Adult Collegiate also has evening classes that run from September to January and January to June.

If you are requiring upgrading, depending on which quarter you enter, you may be able to complete your courses for the next intake at a secondary school (January or September)

Program Details

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Accuplacer?

Accuplacer is an electronic academic assessment tool that assesses your Math and English skills prior to beginning studies at the Adult Collegiate. The test is a tool to help us determine at what level you should be entering classes.

If you Student Success Advisor determines that you should write the test, appointments are required. There is a preparation package available that we recommend that all students review before writing the test. Please contact us at 204.725.8735 extension 7134 for the preparation package.

If you would like to view the package that you would recieve from us, please review the introduction and the tests for Math and English found above.

What happens if I don't score high enough on the Accuplacer test?

Once we have your test results, the Student Success Advisor will make an appointment with you and work with you to determine what your next steps are.

We emphasize that a personalized education plan is developed individually with each student to address their specific needs and future goals.

Is the Mature Student High School program the same as the regular high-school program when applying to a post-secondary institute?

Yes, both are regarded as equal when applying to colleges and universities.

Can I take courses if I already have my high-school diploma?

Yes. You can take as many courses as you want and the first four credits are tuition-free.

First, you need to contact and meet with the student success advisor and complete an application form. Next, the Advisor will work with you to select courses and complete the registration process.