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:
This program prepares graduates for careers as education assistants in elementary or high schools. The career titles may be:
Earn up to $33.00* per hour as an Education Assistant
All wages taken from the Canada Job Bank
Grade 12 or Mature Student Status (19 years of age or more). Students will need to submit a proof of English Language Competency by any one of the following options:
Prior to going for practicum, the students will also need the following certificates:
30 Weeks (Full-Time), 43 Weeks (Part-Time)
|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 112||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|
|1||Tuition Fee||$8260||Domestic Students|
|1||Tuition Fee||$11480||International Students|
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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The value of being an educational assistant (EA) can vary depending on the individual's interests and career goals. However, working as an EA can provide a fulfilling career helping students with diverse learning needs and working collaboratively with teachers and other education professionals.
The salary for EA's in BC can vary depending on the school district, level of education and experience, and number of hours worked. According to the BC government, the hourly wage for EA's ranges from approximately $20-$33 per hour.
There are various courses available to become a teaching assistant, including programs at colleges and universities or online courses. It is recommended to research different programs and ensure they meet the requirements for the specific school district in which you hope to work.
Education assistant duties can vary depending on the specific school and district, but typically include assisting students with diverse learning needs, working collaboratively with teachers and other education professionals, providing classroom support, and helping to develop and implement individual education plans.
The number of hours an EA works can vary depending on the school district and individual school needs. Some EA positions may be full-time, while others may be part-time or on-call.
While having experience in education or working with children can be beneficial, it is not always required to become a teaching assistant. Many school districts offer on-the-job training and professional development opportunities for new EA's.
In most cases, a minimum level of education or qualifications is required to become an EA. However, the specific qualifications can vary depending on the school district and individual school needs. It is recommended to research the requirements for the specific district in which you hope to work.
The length of a teaching assistant course can vary depending on the program and level of education. Some programs can be completed in a few months, while others may take a year or more.
Teaching assistants are typically paid an hourly wage, which can vary depending on the school district and level of experience.
The time it takes to become an EA can vary depending on the specific school district and the individual's level of education and experience. Some districts may offer on-the-job training or accelerated training programs, while others may require a specific level of education or experience.
No, an EA is not a teacher. However, EA's work collaboratively with teachers and other education professionals to support student learning and development.
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