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 is offered in partnership with Northern Lights College.

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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 Diploma program may lead to further laddering educational opportunities in the areas of Child and Youth Care and other educational related fields.

Admission requirements

  • High school diploma or “mature student” status (19 years old or older).
  • Passing grade on the “Maîtrise de la langue” French test with at least 60%
  • Two letters of recommendation (employer and staff)
  • Criminal record check for the practicums
  • A comprehensive letter stating your background, interest, and goals for taking the program.

Tuition fees

  • Certificate : $4320 + $756,35 (cost of books)
  • Diploma : $5720 $ + $832,30  (cost of books)

Delivery Mode

Online

Refund Policy

For the program, Education Assistant, solely through distance education

  1. If the institution receives a student’s notice of withdrawal or the institution delivers a notice of dismissal to the student and:
    • the student has completed and received an evaluation of his or her performance for up to 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, or
    • the student has completed and received an evaluation of his or her performance for more than 30% but less than 50% of the program, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
  2. The institution will refund fees charged for course materials paid for but not received if the student provides a notice of withdrawal to the institution or the institution provides a notice of dismissal to the student.
  3. Refunds required under this policy will be paid to the student, or a person who paid the tuition or fees on behalf of the student, within 30 days:
    • of the date the institution receives a student’s notice of withdrawal,
    • of the date the institution provides a notice of dismissal to the student,

More information

For more information, please see the French page for the program: Aide enseignant or contact our Student Advisor at 604-708-5100 ext. 1404

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