Education Assistant Diploma

Description Description

This diploma program leads 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

Earn up to $28 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 at a minimum 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 equivalent or
  • Has earned a Grade 12 graduation diploma from in a system in which English is the official language, or
  • Successfully completed a pre-Intermediate certificate from a Language Canada accredited school or
  • Successfully complete the College’s English language proficiency assessment, or
  • Successful completion of the 24-week ESL program at the College.

Program Duration Program Duration

820 hours

Course Outline Course Outline

Interpersonal Communication and Teamwork 25
Introduction to Education Assistant 25
Fundamentals of Inclusive Education 40
Child Growth and Development 1 40
Child Growth and Development 2 35
Assistive Technology in the Classroom 50
Supporting Positive and Independent Behaviour 50
Autism Spectrum Disorders 50
Applied Behaviour Analysis 25
Teaching Language and Communication to students with disabilities 40
Understanding Exceptional Learners 50
Mental Health and Addiction Literacy – Children and Youth 50
Educating Children and Young People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders 25
Supporting Personal Care 50
Observation Assignment 30
Career Preparation 20
Practicum 150
First Aid/CPR/WHMIS 20
Total 820 

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 has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

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