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Start a new career working with kids who need a little extra support to reach their full potential with training in the Education Assistant diploma program at CDI College.

In less than a year, you'll have the job-ready career training to create inclusive classrooms and learning experiences, assist teachers in early childhood education settings, elementary schools, and secondary schools, or help children or youth in your community.

Education Career Training

As part of the Education Assistant diploma program, you'll take courses in the foundations of special education, communication and education, learning and behaviour, autism and related disorders, assisting with cognitive and physical challenges, and teaching life and personal care skills.

Additionally, you'll augment your education with workshops in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), WHMIS, and Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED.

Practicum Placements Included

In addition to the focused training in a variety of educational scenarios, you'll also participate in two practicum placements, with each covering four weeks and 120 hours.

During these placements, you'll have the opportunity to test your new skills, helping students with their social and educational needs in an inclusive environment.

If you want to help young people thrive, the Education Assistant diploma program at CDI College is for you - start training for a career you'll love.

Career Opportunities

  • Community Care & Youth Centres
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Schools
  • Family Service Centres
  • Group Homes
  • Secondary Schools

Industry Salary Information

  • Low Wage ($/hr): $12.45
  • Average Wage ($/hr): $16.81
  • High Wage ($/hr): $24.07
  • Average Salary: $29,245

* Information Source: Salary data provided is an estimate, and is intended for reference purposes only.

Financial Aid

Finding yourself in a position where College is unaffordable is more common than most of us realize. Fortunately, Canada’s provincial and federal governments are very focused on making education accessible to virtually everyone; even students that are new to Canada. Regardless of your situation: didn’t finish high school, are having (or had) financial difficulties, or you are a new arrival to Canada, we will find financial solution best for you!

Our Financial Aid Expert will provide you with best options to make education investment in yourself, both realistic and affordable. Let us help you find option that suits you best. Fill out the form NOW!

  • Government Student Loans
  • Currently, Alberta has a government-sponsored plan that provides loan assistance to qualified full-time students. The type and amount of assistance usually varies depending on your individual circumstances.

    When you meet with our Student Financial Planning Expert at the campus, we will go over all the financial options available to you to make this amazing investment in yourself both affordable and realistic.

  • RBC Royal Credit Line for Students ©
  • The Royal Credit Line for Students lets you focus on what's important: your studies. Available to full-time and part-time students, it allows you to take charge of your financial needs in a way that fits your lifestyle.

    The Royal Credit Line for Students is different from a traditional loan in that it lets you borrow funds as you need them, and only pay the interest on the amount you use, without ever having to reapply. You get all the convenience and benefits with no annual fee.

    As a student, you may qualify for one of RBC's best rates - Prime + 1%, which applies when you are at school and for a 12 month grace period after graduation.

    Further information about financial assistance is available from the Financial Representative at your nearest campus.

  • Other Financial Assistance
  • There may be other forms of financial aid available to you. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for specific government grants and bursaries. Additionally, you may be eligible to receive funding through a government-sponsored agency such as the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) or WorkSafe.


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