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Education Assistant | Certificate


Education Assistant

The Education Assistant (EA) certificate prepares learners to work at the para-professional level in the field of education. Education Assistants work under the supervision of classroom or resource teachers to support learners with exceptionalities and challenges in elementary and secondary education settings. The program builds the knowledge and skills learners need to work as part of an educational team, supporting the integration and education of learners with exceptionalities and challenges into a regular school classroom.

The Education Assistant program at CMTN consists of Indigenized curriculum. The program explores the definition of colonization and the effects of colonization on Indigenous education realities in Canada and B.C. The program also focuses on traditional Indigenous parenting models, and the effects of colonialism on Indigenous parenting and parent/family/community relationships with the school. Pathways to build trusting, meaningful relationships with Indigenous students, their families and communities are core parts of the Coast Mountain College Education Assistant curriculum.

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Dates and locations 

Intake Location
Fall 2024 Regional

This program is geared towards potential learners who have an interest in working within the kindergarten to high school education system. An interest in working with people who have learning exceptionalities and challenges, working independently in one-on-one situations, and working collaboratively within a team setting are also important areas of interest for potential learners.

Students who have completed PSYC 201, SOCI 206, SOCI 205, or SOCI 270 will have internal transfer options to complete the EDUA certificate.

EDUA 101Child and Adolescent Development3
EDUA 105Intro to Exceptionalities & Inclusion3
EDUA 140Learning Forum I3
EDUA 150Practicum I3
EDUA 110Interpersonal Communication (OR)3
Interpersonal Communication (OR)
Interpersonal Communications
EDUA 115Understanding Families3
EDUA 145Learning Forum II3
EDUA 155Practicum II3
EDUA 120Teaching and Technology3
EDUA 125Curriculum in the Inclusive Classroom3
Total Credits30

Important documents

Step 1: Required for admission and registration

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 (or equivalent).
  • Two references from an employer, volunteer supervisor, teacher or educational professional, attesting to the applicant's personal suitability to work with students with exceptionalities. (written, recorded, or via reference check). 
  • Letter of Introduction (written, recorded, or orally presented through interview).
  • Coordinator review of application package.

Step 2: Required for practicum

Students who fail to submit any step 2 documentation will be prohibited from attending the practicum.

• Criminal Record Check: (including advanced vulnerable populations) under the Criminal Records Review Act and the Ministry of Justice process for educational institutions. Applicants should only initiate their criminal record check when instructed by Admissions. Please note: Any changes to your criminal record status or events occurring that will impact your criminal record must be reported in writing to the program Dean. Some events may impact your ability to attend clinical or practicum settings. The implications of failing to report changes, as a student, can result in program failure.

Proof of current immunizations / vaccinations / TB skin test: Immunizations as outlined in the Practice Education Guidelines and recommended by the BC Centre for Disease Control (2009): diphtheria and tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), varicella and influenza. Negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or chest x-ray.

*Students who do not meet immunization requirements may be prohibited from attending practicum, subject to a site’s policy

Fees Domestic International
Full-time 30 Credits
Tuition $3,620.70 $15,388.50
Student Union Fees $163.92 $163.92
Mandatory Fees $296.70 $372.87
Health and Dental Insurance* $285.00 $602.04
Tuition Total $4,366.32 $16,527.33
Books and Supplies $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Program Total $5,242.26 $17,160.18

Fees are effective August 1, 2023 for the 2023/24 academic year.

The Coast Mountain Students Union (CMSU) is pleased to offer Extended Health and Dental Insurance to all qualifying members. The plan is mandatory for all students enrolled in 6 or more credits or a trades program of 26 weeks or longer. Some students, including those studying overseas and those with existing extended health coverage, are eligible to opt out. Visit to learn more about the plan or request to opt out. You will also receive a detailed introductory email no later than 6 weeks after your semester starts. For any inquiries about the plan, please contact the Students’ Union Organiser : Golnoosh Namazi,

Basic Health insurance is mandatory for all international students. Health insurance costs will be charged every term until students provide proof of MSP.

Upon graduation, the student will be able to:

  • Reflect upon effective, meaningful Education Assistant practice.
  • Conceptualize all duties required as an Education Assistant employed within a school district within the province of British Columbia.
  • Carry out all duties required as an Education Assistant in accordance with the following standardizations:
  1. British Columbia Ministry of Education Special Education Services: A Manual of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines, Roles and Responsibilities of Teachers and Teacher Assistants/Education (2016), and
  2. Assistants Roles and Responsibilities of Teachers and Teacher Assistants/Education Assistants: A BCTF/CUPE Joint Paper (2009), White Paper: Call for Standards of Practice for Education Assistants in B.C. (2012)

Successful graduates will earn a certificate in the Education Assistant Program.  Graduates are fully qualified to apply for work as an Education Assistant in any school district within British Columbia. Students may also use their completed certificate to apply for work at community based support services agencies.