"This course is detailed on every aspect of being an Educational Assistant!"
- Holly Warkentin, Educational Assistant - January 2021
We know that Educational Assistants go above and beyond, every day, in pursuit of supporting complex needs and impacting the lives of children, families and the learning community to which you belong. These dedicated members of the educational team are the vital connection many students need to be successful. This requires skill, dedication and patience beyond measure!
The challenges of supporting students and staff in an environment where teaching and learning needs are continually evolving is complex work.
Jigsaw Learning is pleased to announce the availability of an online Educational Assistant Learning Series. This 16 module course is designed to provide staff who are currently in this complex role with an overview of educational best practices in support of students and teachers. Participants will also develop an understanding of the educational assistant role and the importance of common language and consistency in educational practices across a school or district.
Designed and facilitated by Jigsaw Learning Associate Barb Pears, this series is intended to enhance EA skills and is not a substitute for a certificated program. Credits will not be granted nor is this learning series transferable to any other learning institution. Upon completion of this learning series, participants will be able to print a Certificate of Completion for their records.
Each module in the course should take 30-60 minutes to complete, based on the specific content for the topic. Total completion time is 12 hours.
The online learning series is $249 per participant. For organizations intending to provide access for multiple employees, a 10% discount is provided for 10 or more registrations. Please contact if wishing to discuss the volume discount.
Contact to learn about accessing the course as an organization.
Organizations have the ability to customize the learning series for their school or district, to include reference to specific policies, processes and procedures. Customization cost is $5000, with an automatic 10% discount for all access codes purchased for the organization’s customized series. Barb is also available to provide ongoing support through live sessions in conjunction with the learning series, to explore more deeply concepts and learning from the modules, through a case study approach. Contact us at to discuss customization or further support options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a timeframe to complete the series?
This series is completely asynchronous so it is intended for participants to go at their own pace. Each module should take an average of 30 to 45 minutes. Overall estimated time to complete the full course is 12 hours.
Can the participants take some of the modules and not all?
The course is intended for participants to complete all modules, with module completion being a prerequisite before proceeding to the next module. This could be tailored if a school or district wished to customize the course.
How long do participants have access to the course and the included materials?
Participants have access to the course and all content for one year. At the conclusion of the year, they will not be able to log back into the course.
Do I receive anything at the completion of the course?
Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion, which includes the number of course hours (12) for the course.
Is there a discount when purchasing for multiple participants?For organizations intending to provide access for multiple staff members, a 10% discount is provided for 10 or more registrations.