Educational Assistant

Level 4
The Educational Assistant program will help you on your journey of becoming a teacher's assistant. Teacher's Assistants on St. Maarten usually work in primary schools and support a wide range of learning activities, helping students to succeed and reach their potential. You will gain the skills and knowledge of working with children with specific additional learning needs and providing support within the general classroom setting.

Course : Educational Assistant
Availability:Day or Evening Programs
Duration:3 years


The Educational Assistant is responsible for the implementation of tasks which are assigned by the classroom teacher.


The Educational Assistant works according to routines, standard procedures, and a combination of (standard) procedures. The responsibilities vary from basic tasks, such as: making copies, putting up materials, cleaning up, filling up stocks, supervising the schoolyard, rearranging the classroom, and assisting with excursions to the more advance tasks such as: assisting the homeroom teacher with classroom management, and educational content such as: coaching groups or individual children after instruction by the teacher, applying didactic methods in math, language arts, observing children with learning or behavior problems, and the implementation of sub-aspects of an individual education plan.


Some of the skills you will learn in the Educational Assistant program include general professionalism, support of learning activities and functioning in a school.
- Oral and written command of English
- Communication skills
- Ability to function in as a team member
- Accuracy
- Resourcefulness
- Problem-solving skills
- Flexibility
- Self-reliance
- A helpful attitude
- An analytical and conceptual intellect
- Result-oriented work attitude


With a diploma in Educational Assistant, you can work in primary school, owned by the government or privately owned or transfer to a BEd teacher education Bachelor’s level course.


All NIPA programs consist of classes in school and practical training in the workplace. The practical training allows you to practice your skills and to learn all about the profession from professionals in real situations. This also means you will already have some work experience when you finish the program.


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This course requires a preparatory secondary vocational education (PSVE) VMBO-TKL or SBO level 3 diploma. The student could also have made it to HAVO 3 or equivalent to enter this course.

Level info:
Level 4 Middle Management.

Transitional options:
NIPA is using the SBO module system in transitioning from one year to the next.
This implies that grades obtained in the previous year will be carried over to the following year.
Students can thus follow the modules from the following year even if they did not successfully complete modules from the previous year, which can be retaken.

In order for a student to obtain an SBO diploma, they would have to successfully complete all partial qualifications.

There is also an opportunity to achieve partial qualification certificates.
In this system, the student is always rewarded, for achieving satisfactory grades.

Most SBO programs allow students to transition to higher levels depending of the structure of the program and if the program is being offered by the institute.

5 reasons
to join NIPA:

  1. If you live in St. Maarten / St. Martin, you won't need to leave family and friends while you pursue your studies.
  2. NIPA has a dedicated staff of professionals to guide, support and motivate you throughout your studies.
  3. You will gain technical and vocational skills at an affordable price.
  4. You will receive extensive opportunities for further education and career development.
  5. Your experience will be life-changing.
I love where I work, and NIPA has helped me grow in my job.
Jean Charles Mackenson
working at IGY Marinas,
St. Maarten Apprenticeship

Contact us

(+1 721) 543 0497

or (+1 721) 543 0498

Fax: (+1 721) 543 0479

Monday to Friday,
from 8h30 am to 4h00 pm

NIPA school St. Maarten National Institute for Professional Advancement

National Institute
for Professional Advancement

Building B, Jackal Road #4
Cay Hill, St. Maarten.

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