Certificate in Education Assistant

Description

Graduates work with Kindergarten through Grade 12 students and assist teachers in providing personal care and behavioural and learning support to a variety of students in public and independent schools.

There is a high demand for Education Assistants and they are employed by every school district throughout the province. The graduates work in a variety of settings, including regular classrooms, resource rooms, work experience sites, and in life-skills activities.

To integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the program, all students complete two four-week, full-time practicums in the schools over the course of their studies, one in an elementary school and one in a secondary school. During this time, a student will observe, assist, and work with children and adolescents with diverse needs under the guidance and supervision of professional staff. This certificate allows for progression into BA programs at KPU. Contact Arts Degree Advising for details.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/arts

Department's website: kpu.ca/arts/edap

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • Approximately 100 hours of successful experience volunteering or working with children or youth, preferably in the schools. (Applicants must submit two letters from employers or responsible persons in the community, indicating the hours of experience completed.)
  • Attendance at an information session (for further information, see kpu.ca/arts/edas)
  • Criminal Record review issued by the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. To be requested once an offer of admission has been made.

If you are not a Canadian citizen, you are required to secure a Criminal Record Search with the Vulnerable Sector from your country of origin. Note that your Criminal Record Search must be mailed directly from the issuing agency to the KPU Admissions Office.

Curricular Requirements

Note: EDAS courses are assessed at Tuition Category 2.a.2 for domestic students.

EDAS 1101Including Diverse Learners in Schools3
EDAS 1105Supporting Learning in Schools3
EDAS 1120Introduction to Practice and Positive Behaviour Support3
EDAS 1131Interpersonal Communications3
EDAS 1225Alternative and Augmentative Communication1.5
EDAS 1271Practicum One3
EDAS 1282Health and Personal Care3
EDAS 1305Overview of Curriculum for Inclusive Schools3
EDAS 1371Practicum Two3
EDAS 2121Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to University Writing 1
Reading and Writing Skills for Educational Assistants 1
Introduction to Professional Communication
Select either:3-6
Themes in Child and Adolescent Development
or both of the following:
Developmental Psychology: Childhood 2
Developmental Psychology: Adolescence 2
Total Credits34.5-37.5

Some local school districts require that Education Assistants have both a high school graduation diploma and an Education Assistant Certificate. Check the BC Transfer Guide for up-to-date information about transfer opportunities to degree programs in B.C.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Education Assistant.

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