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