Niititapi Education Assistant Certificate (NEAC)

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


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.

10 Months
Main Campus
semester start dates
Fall Semester
Application Deadline
Application Deadline - April 15

Admission Requirements

English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2

Grade average of 60% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2

Completed Application

Students Must Complete a Red Crow Community College Online Application (found on website).

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


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

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After applying to the program online, a Student Funding Advisor will contact the applicant.  Note: Continuing students must apply for funding every academic year.

· Main Campus: Campbell Eagle Child – campbell.eaglechild@mikaisto.com
(403) 737-2400 ext. 4356

· Satellite Campus: Rene White Quills – rene.whitequills@mikaisto.com
(403) 327-6984 ext. 1767

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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