Delivery Method: Online (instructor-led)
Duration: 41 weeks, including 8 weeks of practicum
Start: March & August
Wages: Up to $33/hour (depending on the school district)
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)

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 English Language Learning (ELL). 

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
  • And as Behaviour Interventionists

Stenberg’s Education Assistant graduates are in high demand by school districts throughout British Columbia.

About the Program

Whether you take the Education Assistant program in-class or online at Stenberg College, the content and learning outcomes are identical. 

Unlike most post-secondary programs, classes at Stenberg are small, allowing instructors to be more attentive to your needs and build relationships with you. The instructors are committed to your success and ensure you’re comprehending the material and keeping up.

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

These certifications better prepare you for the career and to provide the support that students with exceptionalities deserve. They also make you more competitive for hiring. 

Ultimately, it is the integration of theory and practice, particularly during eight weeks of practicum in elementary and/or high schools, that will prepare you to become an effective EA. During the program, you will constantly apply practice to theory as you consider and respond to practical questions and theoretical situations. Not only does this make your understanding of concepts and theories less abstract, but it prepares you for your practicum placement(s) at the end of the program.

100% of our Education Assistant graduates are employed within six months of program completion.

Admission Requirements

Pre-requisites:

  • Completion of grade 12 or equivalent, or mature student status*
  • Completion of English 12 or equivalent
  • Passing Stenberg College math examination or equivalent*
  • Passing verbal test if English is an additional language or equivalent*
  • Completion of a criminal record consent form under the Criminal Record Review Act

* Entrance requirements can be met with evidence of alternate assessments such as challenge exams, or acceptable standardized English equivalency tests as per the Stenberg College language proficiency chart. Evidence of post-secondary studies at an equivalent level where English was the first language is acceptable.

Program Advisors will work with students to obtain the following:

  • Proof of 50 hours of volunteer or paid experience working with children (this requirement can be met while parenting own children)
  • Reference letter stating suitability to work with children

Program Courses

Our Education Assistant Diploma leads to a degree

Stenberg College Education Assistant Diploma

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30 credits

Athabasca University Undergraduate credits

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30 credits

Athabasca University BPA-HSRV degree or BPA-GLM degree

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60 credits

Graduates of our Education Assistant (EA) Diploma program are eligible for advanced entry into Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Professional Arts degree, majoring in Governance, Law and Management or Human Services.*

Stenberg College’s EA Diploma gives graduates 30 Athabasca University transfer credits, leaving only 30 Athabasca credits prior to program admission plus 60 credits of course work at Athabasca to earn your bachelor’s degree. You can complete your entire Athabasca degree online.

*This articulation is based on a review of Stenberg College’s August 2019 Special Education Assistant curriculum.

Using your Stenberg Diploma and Athabasca degree to become a BC Certified Teacher

A degree from Athabasca University is acceptable for application into Simon Fraser University’s Professional Development Program (PDP) or Professional Linking Program (PLP). Both programs allow you to become a BC Certified Teacher and teach elementary and/or secondary school students in public and independent schools. Please note: admission into either program has its own prerequisites and admission criteria. Admission is by application and is not guaranteed.

SFU Professional Development Program (PDP)
Graduates of the 16-month program are recommended by Simon Fraser University to the Teacher Certification Branch of the BC Ministry of Education for a Teaching Certificate. There is also an option to complete a Bachelor of Education(BEd) as a second degree, without adding extra time or cost to the program.

SFU Professional Linking Program (PLP) for Education Assistants
The Professional Linking Program is a unique teacher education program that enables working paraprofessionals, student support workers, para-educators (e.g., education assistants, child and youth care workers, counsellors, settlement workers), independent schools educators, and Francophone teachers working with letters of permission to become certified as teachers in British Columbia.

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Accreditation and Recognition

Stenberg College is designated 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 public and private institutions. This program is also approved by the Registrar.

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