Educational Assistant

Technical Diploma

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Helping students succeed in the classroom is challenging as well as rewarding. Our technical diploma program will prepare you to work in the classroom and provide needed support for the teacher. You will likely work with special education students implementing goals of an Individual Education Plan and adapting instruction to meet student needs. Other duties may include setting up displays, grading assignments, providing one-on-one instruction, playground and lunchroom supervision. The primary focus of the technical diploma is behavior management, developmentally appropriate practices, and special education.

By law, all school employees working in the school setting with students must have a minimum of 48 credits beyond a high school diploma to be considered highly qualified. This program ensures that our graduates meet these standards. Educational assistants with a technical diploma are in high demand in our schools, and area districts depend on Western to provide this training.

Program graduates are employed by area school districts as special education paraprofessionals or health office paraprofessionals who work directly under the supervision of a registered nurse. These positions are available in elementary, middle school, and high school special education classrooms. The program comprises the first year of the Foundations of Teacher Education associate's degree.

Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Educational Assistant

This program will cost about $6,900* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact Enrollment Services or call 608-785-9553 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Educational Assistant
Special Education Assistant
Special Education Paraprofessional
Program Assistant
Instructional Assistant

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Program Specific Requirements


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ACT: 17
Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Educational Assistant Technical Diploma program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program's Essential Functions, complete a background check, and provide proof of immunization (including a TB Test).  You can find links to these documents below. The last step for admission to the program will be to complete an Intent to Enroll form. Please see the details below.

Gainful Employment

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Educational Assistant

Career Pathways

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