Education Assistant Diploma

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Program Overview

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.

Students also earn the following certificates in addition to the diploma:

  • SET BC SOLO6+ Essentials Online Course
  • SET BC Clicker 6 Online Course
  • SET BC Kurzweil3000v.12 Online Course
  • SET -BC Touch Chat Online Course
  • Picture Exchange Communication Systems Course
  • Board maker Online Course
  • American Sign Language Introduction Course
  • Training in Assisting with Medication
  • ASIST-Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • SET BC Assistive Technology in classroom Course
  • SET BC Introduction to SMART notebook Course

Become an Education Assistant and earn upto $29/HR, 97% graduate employment rate. Guarantee practicums; Interview preparation; POPARD; NVCI; first-aid; WHMIS.

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


Earn up to $28.00* per hour as an Education Assistant
All wages taken from the Canada Job Bank

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.

Program Duration

30 Weeks (Full-Time), 43 Weeks (Part-Time)

Course Outline

Course # Title of Course/Work Experience Component # of Hours
EA100 Interpersonal Communication and Teamwork 25
EA101 Introduction to Education Assistant 25
EA102 Fundamentals of Inclusive Education 40
EA103(1) Child Growth and Development 1 40
EA103(2) Child Growth and Development 2 35
EA 104 Assistive Technology in the Classroom 50
EA 105 Supporting Positive and Independent Behavior 50
EA 106 Austism Spectrum Disorders 50
EA 107 Applied Behavioral Analysis 25
EA 108 Teaching Language and Communication to Students with Disabilities 40
EA109 Understanding Exceptional Learners 50
EA110 Mental Health and Addiction Literacy – Children and Youth 50
EA111 Educating Children and Young People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders 25
EA 108 Supporting Personal Care 50
EA 113 Observation Assignment 30
EA 114 Career Preparation 20
EA 115 Practicum 150
  Total 755

Fee Structure

1 Tuition Fee $7360 Domestic Students
2 Registration Fee $250
3 Textbooks $890
4 Course Material $250
Total $8750
1 Tuition Fee $10580 International Students
2 Registration Fee $1000
3 Textbooks $890
4 Course Material $250
Total $12720

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

Financial Assistance

Western Community College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation.

  • BC Student Loan
  • In-house Financing
  • Student Line of Credit
  • Scholarships

Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

Why Study at Western Community College

  • Installment-based, low tuition fee.
  • 100% Practicum Placement
  • Weekday, weekend, and evening classes optionally available
  • Part-time or full-time class schedule
  • Free CLB preparation classes * Conditions Apply
  • Graduate employment rate: 97%

Admissions Contact Information

Mon – Sunday 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

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