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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Capilano University | 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V7J 3H5 Tel: 604.986.1911
Squamish | 1150 Carson Place, Squamish, British Columbia Canada V8B 0B1 Tel: 604.892.5322
Sunshine Coast | 5627 Inlet Avenue, Sechelt, British Columbia Canada V0N 3A0 Tel: 604.885.9310