Certificate

Niititapi Education Assistant Certificate (NEAC)

A 10-month (full-time) certificate program that will prepare students to work alongside teachers and education professionals.

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Program Details

A 10-month (full-time) certificate program that will prepare students to work alongside teachers and education professionals supporting the cognitive, psychological, social and emotional development of children and adolescents who have a wide range of exceptionalities. This certificate is designed for community members, and those aspiring to careers in education as an education assistant.This certificate offers a face-to-face program specializing in teaching students various types of interventions and supports for students who attend K-12 schools.

duration
10 Months
credential
Certificate
Location
Main Campus
semester start dates
September 5, 2022
Application Deadline
April 15, 2023
requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrollment and any available midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s)

English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2

Grade average of 55% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2

Completed Application

Foundational Learning Assistance

Scheduled Interview

Successful interview with admissions team

Resume and references

Submission of an updated resume with 3 references

Criminal Record Check

Recent criminal record check with a vulnerable sector check

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The courses in the program have been adapted to reflect and emphasize Blackfoot knowledge, culture, and ways of being and learning.

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Transferable between post-secondary institutions

Complete the first 2 years at RCCC and an additional 2-3 years at the University of Lethbridge.

Transferable between post-secondary institutions

Courses

All the courses for this program.
HMSV 1102

Aboriginal History, Identity, and Culture

3 Credits

EDAS 1201

Instructional Strategies Across the Curriculum

3 Credits

ENG 150

English Composition

3 Credits

EDAS 1202

Language & Literacy

3 Credits

EDAS 1302

Assistive technology and Principles of Universal Design

3 Credits

EDAS 1303

Working with Exceptionalities

3 Credits

EDAS 1998

Introduction to the Inclusive Classroom

3 Credits

EDAS 1999

Working in a Complex Classroom

3 Credits

ELCC 1302

Child Development

3 Credits

EDAS 1301

Observation & Behavior

3 Credits

EDAS 1302

Introduction to Exceptionalities

3 Credits

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Funding Available

Contact a Student Funding Advisor to complete the funding application process.
Note: Continuing students must apply for funding every academic year.
Main Campus: Campbell Eagle Child - campbelle@mikaisto.com / (403) 737-2400Satellite Campus: Gerald Wright - geraldw@mikaisto.com / (403) 327-6984
Funding is limited.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to our most commonly asked questions. If you don't see your answer please contact:

Is there funding for the Niitsitapi Education Assistant Certificate Program?

There are a few ways that learners can apply to receive for funding. Contact your band for eligible post-secondary funding and / or contact Blood Tribe Employment Services.

What is the course load for the NEAC program?

There are a total of 11 courses within the NEACP. There is an orientation / block course at the beginning of the program, followed by 5 courses in the fall semester and 4 courses in the winter semester. The summer session of May / June consists of the final practicum course.

When do we do the practicums?

There are two practicums for the NEACP; the first is in the winter semester which is mainly focused on observation. The second practicum is your final course which is held during the summer session of May / June.

I don’t have internet what do I do, or can I attend online?

The program has been developed for in person / face-to-face delivery, however it can be adapted to move to an online delivery format in the event of Covid-19 issues arise. Students will be given a laptop to assist with remote learning. The R.C.C.C. has internet and students are welcome to use the Wi-Fi if need be.

What type of supports will I have access to?

R.C.C.C. students and staff will have access to meet and build relationships with our Kaahsinooniksi Elders Advisory Council as well as our Counsellors in the post-secondary department to assist and ensure that all learners successfully complete the program.

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Curriculum is delivered by Alberta Education Certified Instructors and Blackfoot Eminent Scholars Adult learners receive credit through Alberta Education.
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