College studies

Education Assistant Diploma and Certificate

The goal of the Education Assistant program is to develop the skills and knowledge required to help elementary and secondary school students with special needs. Education Assistants are an integral part of the individualized education delivery models now being employed in B.C. schools. This program has been recently uptated and developed by specialists in the field to reflect the latest trends and best practices to promote support and inclusion for all students. 

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Program Description

The Education Assistant program provides theory, develops compe­tency in required skills, and promotes professional development towards the training and preparation of an Education Assistant to enhance the child’s involvement in the educational environment. Education Assistants may be employed to provide support to children with varying levels of special needs or they may provide general support to classroom teachers in the delivery of educational programs to a number of children or the entire class. Qualified Education Assistants are employed in public, private and independent schools around the province as a Special Needs Support Worker, Personal Care Attendant, and Playground and/or School Supervision Monitor.

The profession of Educational Assistant corresponds to the basic category 4413 of the National Occupational Classification according to version 1.3 of 2016 OR 43100 according to version 1.0 of 2021.

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

Admission requirements

  • Proof of a high school diploma with a grade higher than C for the French course (12th grade) is required for students aged 18 or younger. Students over the age of 19 must achieve a passing grade of 60% on the “French Language Proficiency” test to be admitted to the program.
  • Submit the admission form for the Educational Assistant program.

All applications must be submitted through Éducacentre College’s Online Admission Portal before the deadline – no exceptions will be accepted.

The following condition must be fulfilled before the first practicum :

  • Provide a valid criminal record check, requested from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia (category “child” OR “child and vulnerable adults”) for Éducacentre College by following the steps: Criminal Record Check Application Procedure.

Please note that the processing time may take 4 to 6 weeks.

Tuition fees

  • Admission Fee : 35$
  • Certificate : 4335$+ $392,75 (cost of books)
  • Diploma : 5820$ + $717,45 (cost of books)

Delivery Mode



Please refer to our full refund policy (in French)

More information

For more information, please see the French page for the program: Aide pédagogique spécialisé.e or contact our Student Advisor at 604-708-5100 ext. 1202 or by email at

Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB)
The Education Assistant program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills Training.