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Education Assistant Certificate (EA)

  • The Education Assistant (EA), part-time/evening/weekend program prepares students to work in inclusive educational settings with children and adolescents, Kindergarten to Grade 12, who have diverse learning needs. EA students are trained to support children and youth who present with a wide range of abilities so that these children and youth can participate fully as members of a community of learners.

    What Do Education Assistants Do?

    Education Assistants (EAs) work under the direction of classroom teachers or resource teachers and give special attention to students with physical, learning or emotional needs by:

    1. implementing individualized or group instruction in communication skills, life skills, behaviour management techniques and adaptive physical education;
    2. assisting in the modification of curriculum, assignments and tests to accommodate students with special needs;
    3. attending to and providing personal assistance to students in toileting, positioning, mobility, feeding, grooming and dressing;
    4. transferring and assisting students to and from wheelchairs, desks, special equipment and work areas; and 
    5. supporting all students in classroom environments.

    This program prepares students for a variety of para-professional duties in school, and includes theoretical studies and practical applications for working with children and adolescents who need extra support.

    Why Study To Be An Education Assistant At Capilano University?

    • This credit program operates in the evenings and on weekends: it affords people who must work during the day the opportunity to further their studies without having to leave their positions of employment.
    • Our EA program can be completed in just over 20 months.
    • Our program offers students the opportunity to learn basic sign language for working with students who are non-verbal through our Communication System course for EAs
    • We are proud to also offer Non Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) training as part of our Challenging Behaviours course for all students. Students will receive a certificate of completion for NVCI training.
    • Our program offers 10 theory courses with hands-on practical application of necessary skills to work with children or adolescents, and one 120 hour practicum course.
    • For students who are employed prior to completion of the program, we offer a specialized project which equates to the practicum, so students do not have to leave their place of employment to complete the requirements of the EA program at Capilano University.
    • Hands-on practical application combined with theory in small class structure allowing for optimal student/instructor interaction.
    • All faculty are Professionals currently working out in their respective field of expertise.
    • Laddering opportunities are available for further educational options which can lead to a degree.

    Who Should Apply?

    Successful EA applicants have an aptitude for working with children or adolescents, are patient, interested in education and learning, consider schools to be interesting and exciting places, and show initiative while working in a world of rapidly changing ideas.

    Career Opportunities

    Almost every school district in the province now requires post-secondary certification in order to be considered for employment within their district. EA graduates will often obtain positions as on-call EAs (substitute EAs) to begin with, and then can post into permanent positions as they arise. Other graduates become before/after school tutors to students of all ages, while others branch off working with home/support teams for children with autism; who focus on a particular mode of therapy. Many graduates also provide respite care for students they often work with outside of the school environment. Some, once in the workforce, decide to return to post-secondary training in either education or counseling to further their career choices. There are many options for employment ranging from part-time (1 or 2 days/week or 3-4 hours/day) to full-time. 27.5 hours per week is the maximum workload at the elementary level, while up to 35 hours per week is the maximum workload at the secondary level.