“Educational Assistants exist because even teachers need heroes!” Unknown
- Caring and patient
- Looking to make a difference
- Passionate about helping children and youth
- Professional and approachable
The early years are the most important years for children.From infancy to toddlerhood, preschool to school-age children and youth, you learn the basics such as child development, mental health support for child adolescence, inclusive education, and working with families and communities. With that skill set you can choose your rewarding career path, from daycare provider to in-classroom educational assistant to interventionist.
What will be taught during the program?Our Early Childhood Education/Educational Assistant program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:
- On-site observations, visitations and assessments during the course of study.
- Assignments and creative projects that can be used in the field.
- New Brunswick Curriculum Framework Training.
- Certification in ASIST: suicide intervention.
- Certification in CPI: Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.
- Field related workshops & guest speakers
- Sign language level 1 of 2
- Career readiness
Will I have the opportunity to use these skills as I learn them?This comprehensive 10-month program of study provides you with the skills and knowledge required for your 8-week practicum placement, which in turn allows you to enhance those skills, develop the capability to support students with exceptional needs in a classroom, and connect with prospective employers.
Can this program help me achieve my goal of a university degree?Oulton College has partnered with Crandall University here in Moncton to allow students in this program to transfer credits toward their Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management. You can earn both a diploma and a degree in as little as 2 years while working and gaining valuable experience! Term: September – June Practicum: 8 weeks
Career Choices:Our Early Childhood Education/Educational Assistant Program is approved by the Province of New Brunswick and includes courses such as Suicide Prevention, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care. It is not unusual for our students to be hired at their practicum host site and begin working full time just as soon as they graduate.
- Early Childhood Educator
- Educational Assistant in Schools
- Autism Support Worker
- Owner/Operator of a Child Care Centre
- Family Support Specialist
You Will Learn:
- Play-based learning strategies
- Child guidance and principles of learning techniques
- Developmentally appropriate practices
- New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care
- Need-specific techniques for working with children of various ages
- Interpersonal and business practices to support career development
- Best practices in Trauma-Informed care.
- Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
- Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
- Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
- Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package
- CAEL – minimum score of 60
- IELTS – 6.0 with no individual score lower than 5.5
- TOEFL (IBT) – 80, with no individual score lower than 18
- MELAB – minimum score of 80
- Duolinguo – minimum score of 55
- Cambridge English – minimum score of 169
- Pearson Test of English – minimum score of 50