Are you passionate about empowering individuals with disabilities? Support student learning with the Education Assistance and Inclusion (EAI) Certificate at Douglas College.
Our special education assistant program will teach you the knowledge and skills you need to help promote the development, education and well-being of individuals with disabilities. You’ll focus on supporting children and youth in early childhood, elementary and secondary school settings, and you’ll also learn how to help adults with disabilities through post-secondary education.
Our instructors have both the academic and practical experience in the teaching assistant industry, so you’ll learn best teaching practices and methods from experts with first-hand experience. Plus, in your second semester, you’ll get to spend 160 hours in real-life settings so you can get practical experience and graduate job-ready.
Our education assistant courses can be taken full- or part-time to work around your schedule. With options for evening, weekend, online and hybrid classes, you can also continue to work while you study.
Get Credit for your Experience
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition is available to experienced practitioners and/or those with related credentials, such as Behaviour Interventionist, Child Care Worker, Early Childhood Educator, Health Care Worker, etc.
Once you graduate with an education assistant certificate, you can further your learning by seamlessly transferring your credits into our Classroom and Community Support Diploma. This diploma provides two additional practical experiences, with a specialization in providing behavioural support to children with autism. If you wish to continue your studies, some of our credits transfer to the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, University of the Fraser Valley and the Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation at University of Calgary.
The need for teaching assistants is rapidly growing in British Columbia. Around 5,400 new jobs are projected in the next ten years*, meaning you’ll have a lot of opportunities once you graduate.