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Education Assistant Certificate (EA)

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    Due to popular demand, we will be looking to offer a second part-time program starting September 2018. Our July part-time program is full. We will not be offering a full-time option for September. Attending a program information meeting is mandatory for this program.  See EVENTS page for upcoming information meeting dates.

    Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child who presents with a wide range of abilities?

    Can you work in a fast-paced team environment?

    Are you flexible?

    Do you enjoy challenges?

    And, most importantly, do you have a passion for working with children and youth?

    If you have answered “yes” to these questions, then we would encourage you to learn more about our program and apply.

    Education Assistants support students in inclusive educational settings Kindergarten-grade 12 who present with a wide range of abilities.  Connect your passion for supporting children and youth with a career in the school system.

    A unique experience

    As our program includes hands-on skill based experiential learning delivered in face-to-face format; we only accept a maximum of 30 students per cohort. You learn with your peers as you progress through a specifically designed schedule of courses with key emphasis on developing tools, strategies and practical application of skills for the EA role. 

    Why study at Capilano University?

    • Our part-time program affords people who work during the day the opportunity to further their studies without having to leave their positions of employment.
    • Hands-on practical application combined with theory in small class structures allows for optimal student/instructor interaction.
    • All faculty are professionals in their respective fields of expertise.
    • Our program offers students additional skills such as basic sign language, Non Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) training, introduction to lifts, transfers, feeding and; mental health and wellness strategies.
    • Our EA certificate offers 10 theory courses with hands-on practical application of strategies for working with children or adolescents, and one 150 hour practicum course.
    • For students who are employed as EAs whilst taking our program, we offer a Capstone Project option so students do not have to leave their place of employment to complete the practicum course.
    • Laddering opportunities are available for further educational options which may lead to a degree.

    Finding a career

    Our graduates are in demand!  Across the province, there is a critical shortage of appropriately trained and certified EAs for on-call, part-time or full-time positions. Almost every school district in the province requires some form of post-secondary certification in order to be considered for employment within their district so; come to one of our information sessions to learn more.

    Who are we looking for?

    Successful EAs have the passion and commitment for working with children or adolescents; are patient, flexible, consider schools to be interesting and exciting places; and show self initiative while working in a world of rapidly changing ideas.  If you are a creative and enthusiastic problem solver, who has a positive attitude and a desire to help others; we would like to hear from you.