Length of Study

full-time: 8 months
part-time: up to 4 years

Study Options

Full time:
• On campus

Part time:
• On campus, evening
• Distance

Credential Granted



Full time:
• Fall term (September)

Part time:
• Fall term (September)
• Winter term (January)

Workplace Learning



MacEwan University:

• Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
• Bachelor of Arts

Athabasca University:
• Bachelor of Professional Arts (Human Services)


Special needs educational assistants play a vital role in supporting students with learning differences. Under the direction of a teacher, they optimize learning potential within a variety of educational settings.

MacEwan University’s Special Needs Educational Assistant program prepares you to help children and youth in educational settings who have a wide range of abilities and exceptionalities. Our graduates have the skills and strategies to support the instructional, behavioural and social needs of students.

Theory in Practice

Our program of studies provides opportunities for students to learn and connect theory to their field practices in areas such:

  • Classroom behaviour support
  • Strategies for working with students who have a wide range of physical, cognitive, social and emotional differences.
  • Professional and ethical classroom practice
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Language Arts and math curricula
  • Assistive and adaptive technology


The Special Needs Educational Assistant program is 8 months in length (full time). Students may also enroll in part time and distance delivery.