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About the Career
There are few things in life as rewarding as helping individuals with exceptionalities reach their full potential. Under the supervision of elementary and/or secondary school teachers, Education Assistants assist students who may require additional support with behaviours, special needs, academics or ELL (English Language Learning).
Something that sets our program apart is the inclusion of two certifications from the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD):
- Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Applied Behaviour Analysis
Graduates of Stenberg’s Education Assistant program are prepared to work in:
- Public, private, and faith-based schools
- After school programs
- Childcare centres
- Community or youth drop-in centres
- Residential settings, parks and recreation programs
- Home and respite care
- Behaviour Interventionists
Stenberg’s Education Assistant graduates are in high demand by school districts throughout British Columbia.
- Delivery Method: ONLINE delivery
- Duration: 41 weeks, including an 8-week practicum
- Starts: Twice per year (March and August)
- Credential: Diploma
- Credit Transfer (Articulation): Graduates are eligible for advanced entry to Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Professional Arts degree (Governance, Law and Management or Human Services major)
- Wages: Up to $33/hour
Education Assistant wages in the Lower Mainland
|School District||Starting Pay|
|SD33 – Chilliwack||$26.12|
|SD34 – Abbotsford||$25.95 – $26.99|
|SD35 – Langley||$28.70|
|SD36 – Surrey/White Rock||$29.73|
|SD37 – Delta||$29.06|
|SD38 – Richmond||$29.91|
|SD39 – Vancouver||$28.49|
|SD40 – New Westminster||$30.17|
|SD41 – Burnaby||$30.68|
|SD42 – Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows||$30.35|
|SD43 – Tri-cities||$29.27|
|SD44 – North Vancouver||$30.15|
|SD45 – West Vancouver||$27.27|
Stenberg College’s Education Assistant graduates are certified in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Human Resource departments from multiple school districts have confirmed that applicants with this training are favoured for hiring. Furthermore, eligibility for internal posting will often rely on this training and certification.
100% Employment Rate
100% of our Education Assistant program graduates are working in their field of study within 6 months of program completion (as of July 2021).
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We are accredited by the BC government’s Ministry of Advanced Education through the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). PTIB is responsible for setting standards of quality and ensuring consumer protection. Stenberg College has also received the BC government’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation which is BC’s brand or “seal” of quality post-secondary education for both public and private institutions.
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