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.
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. The Mature Student High School portion of the program offers traditional classroom instruction with options to choose either day or evening programs, and our Centre for Adult Learning in Brandon also offers the additional option of flex learning (independent study). 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.
Meet the admission requirements for the Mature Student High School diploma program
- Prior to starting the Education Assistant program applicants must provide:
- Current child abuse registry check
- Current criminal record check
- Proof of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) level C
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.
Criminal Record Check/Abuse Registry Checks
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.
Careers & Connections
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.
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
Textbooks, supplies and uniforms for all of our programs and courses may be purchased at the Assiniboine Bookstore at the Victoria Avenue East campus. Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program.
- High School textbooks will be provided to you by the Centre for Adult Learning.
- The Education Assistant program requires you to purchase your own textbooks. Visit the Education Assistant program page to learn more.
- Mature Student High School - tools and supplies for your high school labs will be provided to you by the Centre for Adult Learning. You will, however, be responsible for providing your own binders, pens, paper, and other materials that will assist you in the classroom.
- The Education Assistant program requires you to purchase your own supplies. Visit the Education Assistant program page to learn more.
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. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for more detailed information about the requirements for this program.
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 Centre for Adult Learning fees charged per one credit course is $20.50 for materials and fees, plus $28.82 for Students’ Association fees.
Estimated Program Costs
|Credits||Tuition||Course fees||Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium)||Estimated textbooks, tools and supplies|
|MSHS - Integrated Education Assistant||32||$1,650||$410||$440||$1,060|
All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.
Education Assistant program fees can be found on the program's web page under the Courses & Costs tab. Please refer to this section for the most up to date information. All fees are subject to change without notice.
There will be additional costs for the required Child Abuse Registry Check, Criminal Record Check, and CPR certification.
The Centre for Adult Learning - Brandon 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 Centre for Adult Learning - Brandon 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).