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Education Assistant Certificate

Credential
Certificate

Duration
18 month(s)

Connect your passion for supporting children and youth with in the Education Assistant (EA) Certificate program at Capilano University.

This 16-month, part-time – evenings and weekends – program will begin in September and will give you the theory and practical strategies to help children and adolescents in the school system.

Education Assistants support students in K – 12 who present with a wide range of abilities.

EAs are in high demand in B.C., the province is experiencing a critical shortage of trained and certified professionals for on-call, part-time or full-time positions.

Find out more about the Education Assistant program below.

Education Assistant reading a book to a child.

Practicum included

You'll learn on the job, developing the tools, strategies and skills needed to work successfully as an EA during your 120-hour practicum placement.

Career paths

  • Child advocate
  • Consultant
  • Educator
  • Education Assistant

Train to work in education

In the program, you'll receive training in vital areas, including working in schools, dealing with challenging behaviours and mental health concerns, exploring diverse learners in schools and boosting your understanding of the history, philosophy and issues in special education.

Graduate ready to make a difference

After completing this 16-month certificate program, you'll have the skills to support students who require accommodations, are on individualized education programs, or who are on the Autism Spectrum.

Children on the floor looking at pictures.
"One of the best things that came out of the program was gaining confidence in myself. It gave me the chance to utilize the skills and strategies I'd learned and see how classrooms run. I got to learn from teachers who were amazing and I took away a lot from that."
Carolynn Browton, Education Assistant program graduate

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Intakes

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 4, 2022 – Aug 1, 2023

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 4, 2023

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 21, 2023

NOTE: Important dates may change.

How to Apply

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Education Assistant (EA) Certificate program admission process

Below is the information on the admission process specific to the EA program for Fall 2022.

Timelines — Subject to change for September 2022 intake
July/August 2022

Contact ea@capilanou.ca for a link to our virtual information session. We will provide you with the steps to apply and how to submit your full application package. 

  Shortlisted applicants will be notified of interview date/time.
August 2022 If space is available for the Fall 2022 program, admissions will continue. Please contact ea@capilanou.ca to inquire.
September 2022 Classes begin. 

Criminal record check

You will need to complete a Criminal Record check through the University. A clear criminal record is required for admission to this program. Please contact ea@capilanou.ca for forms and details.

As it can take several weeks for a clearance to process, plan to complete this step well before your package submission deadline.

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay an application fee of $50, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs. 
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If you are currently in Grade 12, you must request that the Ministry of Education submit your transcript directly to Capilano University.
  • Documents must be in the original language of issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

For students who have previously attended post-secondary, even though you submitted a digital copy of your transcripts on EducationPlannerBC, you must submit official university or college transcripts for transfer credit.

Please send all official documents to:

Registrar's Office
Birch Building, Room BR230
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and the signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing university or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Once you've been accepted into a program, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
  • If you wish to receive transfer credits, please submit official university/college/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced Placements (AP) transcripts either electronically or by mail:

     

    Registrar's Office
    Birch Building, Room BR230
    2055 Purcell Way
    North Vancouver, BC
    V7J 3H5

Admitted Students

The Education Assistant Certificate program offers classes that run evenings and weekends, plus an intensive course in each of the summer terms.

Our program consists of 30 credits and is approximately 570 hours in length. Successful completion of these credits is required to obtain the certificate.

Our part-time program is ideal for people who:

  • Work during the day;
  • Have family responsibilities during the day;
  • Are already working as EAs and are looking for upgrading;
  • Have recently been hired as an EA needing certification as a condition of employment; and
  • Wish to take a program on a part-time basis.

Many students in the EA program are parents and we have a strong collaborative relationship with several school districts in the Metro Vancouver area, so there are no classes scheduled during spring break (usually March); however, classes are in session during CapU’s reading week in February.

The mission of the Education Assistant certificate program is ensuring all our students are ready to work in K – 12 educational environments when they graduate.

Education Assistant (EA) Certificate program admission process

Below is the information on the admission process specific to the EA program for Fall 2022.

Timelines — Subject to change for September 2022 intake
July/August 2022

Contact ea@capilanou.ca for a link to our virtual information session. We will provide you with the steps to apply and how to submit your full application package. 

  Shortlisted applicants will be notified of interview date/time.
August 2022 If space is available for the Fall 2022 program, admissions will continue. Please contact ea@capilanou.ca to inquire.
September 2022 Classes begin. 

Criminal record check

You will need to complete a Criminal Record check through the University. A clear criminal record is required for admission to this program. Please contact ea@capilanou.ca for forms and details.

As it can take several weeks for a clearance to process, plan to complete this step well before your package submission deadline.

Most CapU programs need proof that you:

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of C$135, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs.
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If your original transcripts and supporting documents are not written in English, please submit a translated copy.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.
Funding for International Students

You've already sent digital copies of your transcripts to EducationPlannerBC as part of your CapU application, but we also need physical copies of your official high school, college or university transcripts.

If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

Please send your official documents to:

Capilano University
Centre for International Experience, Room LB127
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

Students must submit official high school and university or college transcripts for admission.

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing high school, university, or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

If you are accepted into a program, you will receive a letter of offer in your myCapU email inbox.

  • You will need to confirm your acceptance into the program by paying a tuition deposit outlined in your letter of offer.
  • This deposit will go towards your first-semester tuition once you are registered for courses at CapU.

After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox. This may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.

  • Depending on your citizenship, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.
Permits & Visas

Once you've been accepted into a program and have applied for your study permit, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted international students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
Info for Admitted International Students

The Education Assistant Certificate program offers classes that run evenings and weekends, plus an intensive course in each of the summer terms.

Our program consists of 30 credits and is approximately 570 hours in length. Successful completion of these credits is required to obtain the certificate.

Our part-time program is ideal for people who:

  • Work during the day;
  • Have family responsibilities during the day;
  • Are already working as EAs and are looking for upgrading;
  • Have recently been hired as an EA needing certification as a condition of employment; and
  • Wish to take a program on a part-time basis.

Many students in the EA program are parents and we have a strong collaborative relationship with several school districts in the Metro Vancouver area, so there are no classes scheduled during spring break (usually March); however, classes are in session during CapU’s reading week in February.

The mission of the Education Assistant certificate program is ensuring all our students are ready to work in K – 12 educational environments when they graduate.

Apply Now

Are you ready to rise to the challenge?

Apply now to CapU

Transfer Students

Find out how you can transfer your credits from another post-secondary institution to CapU.

Applying as a Transfer Student

Returning Students

If you're returning to CapU to complete your program or to apply into a new program, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Contact Registrar's Office

Switching Programs

If you want to change your program of study, you need to submit a new application to CapU.

Re-apply to CapU

Tuition and Fees

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $3,636 $1,528 $5,164
Year 2 $2,786 $1,389 $4,175
Total $6,422 $2,917 $9,339
Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $11,728 $1,528 $13,256
Year 2 $9,407 $1,389 $10,796
Total $21,135 $2,917 $24,052

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Entrance Awards

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Term Awards

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Required Courses

Required Courses

Total credits: 30.00

Total program credits: 30.00

Additional information

Continuation requirement: a student who fails any course may not be allowed to continue in the program.

Graduation requirement: students must pass all courses and practicum achieving a CGPA of B or better.

Learning outcomes

  • Effectively support and advocate inclusionary practices for all students Kindergarten – grade 12 presenting with a wide range of abilities.
  • Use appropriate technology to support students presenting with a wide range of abilities so that these students can participate productively as members of a community of learners.
  • Apply practical knowledge of accommodation strategies to transfer a student’s IEP (individualized education plan) into appropriate and meaningful activities.
  • Demonstrate mastery upon completion of EA program by achieving minimum program B average in all coursework, and credit status in practicum.
  • Support a work atmosphere of team collaboration conducive to performance excellence, personal growth, professional growth and work satisfaction.

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).

Have a question?

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About this program

School of Education & Childhood Studies
604 986 1911, ext. 7343
ea@capilanou.ca

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Birch Building, room BR230

604-984-4900
604-984-1798 (fax)
registration@capilanou.ca