Education Assistant

Education Assistant Certificate



NEW: Complete your certificate online

Now accepting applications for winter


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Make a meaningful difference in children's lives with a rewarding career as an education assistant. Our Education Assistant program prepares you for the social and educational benefits of working in diverse and inclusive classrooms while gaining real-life experience through supervised K-12 practica placements.

Our in-demand graduates are qualified to work in a variety of sectors in this growing field, including public schools, private schools, charter schools and other learning institutions.

Education assistants' earnings vary depending on location and area. According to the Alberta Occupational Profiles, education assistants in Alberta earned an average of $22.40 per hour.


Flexible schedule
You may complete courses on a full-time or part-time basis online. We offer a fall and winter application period, so you can start the program when it's convenient for you.

Program support
You will benefit from access to expert instructors, a dedicated program team, a collaborative community of practice, and MRU Library supports and resources.

Relevant curriculum
You will engage with dynamic curriculum focused on building your confidence and skills to support children and youth in today's schools.

Real-life experience
You will connect with teachers, students, and potential employers through your practica experiences in K-12 classrooms.


Program details

  • Online - flexible learning schedule
  • Complete 7 required courses
  • Participate in 2 classroom immersion practica (180 hours) at partner schools
  • May be completed within 10 months (full-time) or up to 6 years (part-time)


Information regarding COVID-19

We are pleased to offer the Education Assistant program online, starting Fall 2020. Complete the core courses online. Practica experiences will resume when schools reopen.
Tuition Textbooks and Supplies (approx.) Additional Costs
Total $6,525 $500 Incidental expenses and travel to and from school placements should also be expected.
Financial Aid
This program is currently not eligible for provincial or federal government student loans or scholarships. If you have questions, email for more information.

  • You must apply for admission to this program.
  • A Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Search is required by schools for practica. Please see the Admission section or contact for more information.
  • Each province has its own licensing regulations governing work in education. Research the necessary certification in your province of residence. Employment as an education assistant in Alberta is not subject to provincial regulation.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a method of recognizing and accrediting the demonstrated knowledge that has resulted from prior work, academic and life experiences.