Education Assistant Diploma

Description Description

This diploma program leads the students to be members of an education team, supporting students with special and diverse learning needs from Kindergarten through Grade 12 in British Columbia schools. Education Assistants assist elementary and high school teachers as they work with students who may require additional support, such as those with intellectual challenges, special behavioral needs, and limited English.

Job Opportunities Job Opportunities

This program prepares graduates for careers as education assistants in elementary or high schools. The career titles may be:

  • Education Assistant
  • Behavior Intervention Assistant
  • Special Needs Assistant

Wages Wages

$23 – $27 per hour.

Program Admission Requirements Program Admission Requirements

High School Diploma or equivalent and Mature Student Status (19 years of age) and proof of English Language Proficiency.

For English Language proficiency, domestic students are required to have completed Grade 10 English or successfully completed the College’s English language proficiency assessment.

International students will need to submit proof of English language proficiency by meeting one of the following requirements:

  • IELTS: 5.5 or
  • TOEFL (paper): 550 or
  • TOEFL (CBT): 210 or
  • TOEFL(IBT): 79 or
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Test (CLB): 6
  • PTE Academic: 50 or
  • Cambridge: CAE or
  • Grade 12 graduation diploma in a school system in which English is the official language, or
  • Successfully completed a pre-Intermediate certificate from a Language Canada-accredited school or
  • Successfully completed Western Community College’s English language proficiency assessment, or
  • Successfully completed a 24-week ESL program at the College

Program Duration Program Duration

820 hours over 41 weeks

Course Outline Course Outline




1. ECE 01 Child Growth and Development 1


2. ECE 02 Child Growth and Development 2


3. EA 100 Understanding Exceptional Learners


4. EA 101 Applied Behavioral Analysis


5. EA 102 Fundamentals of Inclusive Education


6. EA 103 Assistive Technology in the Classroom


7. EA 014 Interpersonal Communication and Teamwork


8. EA 105 Autism Spectrum Disorders


9. EA 106 Teaching Language and Communication to Students   with Disabilities


10. EA 107 Supporting Positive and Independent Behavior


11. EA 108 Supporting Personal Care


12. EA 109 Mental Health and Addiction Literacy – Children and Youth 60
13. EA 110 Educating Children and Young People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders 20
14. EA 111 Career Preparation


15. First Aid/CPR/WHMIS/NVCI


16. EA 112 Practicum



820 hours

Fee Structure Fee Structure

1 Tuition Fee $8000 Domestic Students
2 Registration Fee $250
3 Course Material $500
Total $8750
1 Tuition Fee $10000 International Students
2 Registration Fee $250
3 Course Material $500
Total $10750

This program does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. As such, the registrar did not review this program. 

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