Educational Assistant

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MiramichiSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Every child learns differently. And some need a little extra support to reach their full potential. Educational Assistants work with classroom teachers to help students overcome academic, physical, or behavioural challenges. Whether it’s assisting with lessons and assignments or providing emotional and behavioral support, education assistants help support an inclusive learning environment and ensure that no child is left behind.
In our Educational Assistant program, you'll learn how to implement universal design principles for learning to support an inclusive environment; and techniques, including conflict resolution, to help a varied group of learners meet their educational goals. You'll also learn how to work with teachers in the daily preparation and delivery of in-class learning. Modern classrooms thrive on diversity. If you are patient, compassionate, and inspired by the opportunity to ensure every student has the best educational experience possible, enroll today in the Educational Assistant program, and pursue a career where one of the greatest rewards is seeing children progress every day.


The requirements for this certificate may be achieved within one academic year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates enter the working world prepared to work in a variety of educational settings, including public and private elementary, secondary, and special needs schools. The career is also flexible, providing full and part-time opportunities.
    Some graduates add specialized skills to their education, such as sign language or braille, to assist students with specific needs. Others who start as educational assistants choose to further their education to become licensed teachers.

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    Specific Considerations

    You may be asked to submit proof of immunization prior to commencement of training, by following the instructions on the standardized NBCC Immunization and Medical Form.

    Host agencies may require students to provide a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned may be prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate.

    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. You can review these computer specifications here (under your program specifications). Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

    This practicum placement provides a context for students to gain applied and practical experience that enhances their classroom learning and provides theoretical grounding. Students are assigned to a supervised work placement and are required to submit reports detailing their progress. The field placement encourages students to build and develop relationships with professionals in education.


    • PSYC1037
    • EDUE1078G
    • PERS1065E
    • EDUE1081
    • EDUE1079

    Students actively assist the classroom teacher with the goal of being able to demonstrate that they possess the skills and abilities required to work as an educational assistant in a middle school classroom environment.


    • EDUE1074G
    • EDUE1082G
    • MENT1008B
    • SOCI1044A
    • EDUE1083D
    • EDUE1122A

    This course examines the roles and responsibilities of the educational assistant as a contributing member of an interdisciplinary team in a school setting. Students are introduced to the concept of inclusive education and examine the policies and procedures related to being an Educational Assistant in New Brunswick.

    In this course, students conduct a comprehensive theoretical overview of children with special needs and/or a combination of needs related to physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional, and social development.

    This course is designed to explore a variety of positive child guidance strategies that may be implemented in an educational environment.

    This course identifies strategies used to support all students in an inclusive classroom.

    This course is designed to provide the student with the basic skills and knowledge to support the health and safety needs of children in an educational environment.

    Students actively assist the classroom teacher and/or other team members with the goal of being able to demonstrate that they possess the skills and abilities required to work as an Educational Assistant in a high school environment. 


    • EDUE1074G
    • EDUE1082G
    • MENT1008B
    • SOCI1044A
    • EDUE1083D
    • EDUE1122A

    This course examines behavioural interventions appropriate for the K-12 school environment. It provides students with strategies to apply interventions when working with children with behavioural issues within the New Brunswick school system.

    This course provides the learner with information and the opportunity to explore support measures for those with mental health issues.

    Learners are challenged to apply human relations and interpersonal communications theory to workplace-based and real life situations. They use a problem solving perspective in suggesting and carrying out appropriate communication strategies and techniques.

    This workshop introduces students to the process of finding employment. It explores the various strategies and resources available, and examines the role of social media.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts, patterns, and principles that govern human growth and development from conception throughout the life span. The areas of study will include physical, cognitive, social and emotional development to enable the student to understand self and others while working effectively in the field of a helping profession.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    Students are introduced to the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of the field of sociology. They explore such topics as sociological imagination, research, culture, and socialization. 

    NOC Codes

    4413 - Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants

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