Program Highlights

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

This 18-month, part-time – evenings and weekends – program begins in July of each year 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.

You will develop the tools, strategies and skills needed for the EA role and put it all together in a 120-hour practicum.

  • 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.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverSummerPart-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$3565 $1484 $5049
Year 2$2732 $1350 $4081
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$6297 $2834 $9130

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

Required Courses

Total credits: 30.00


Total program credits: 30.00

Program Notes

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.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Jun 1, 2021 - Jul 5, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Mar 7, 2022

Fee Payment Deadline

May 2, 2022 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

Learn more about the Education Assistant Certificate program

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 Certificate program admission process

Email ea@capilanou.ca to add your name to our interest list. We can then let you know when the dates are set for the program information meetings. An RSVP will be required.

It is important to attend the MANDATORY program information meeting; a requirement for program entry. Meeting dates, when set, will be posted on the University Events Calendar.

If after attending the mandatory information meeting you are interested in applying, you would need to:

  • Submit an online application to the University.
  • Submit a completed package of admission documents to the EA department by the deadline provided at the information session.
  • Complete a Criminal Record (pdf) check.

At the information meeting, you will receive a full package detailing the complete admission process.

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

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Have questions about this program?

School of Education & Childhood Studies

604 986 1911, ext. 7343

Student Information Services

604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230