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Education Assistance and Inclusion (Certificate)

Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Disability & Community Studies
Credits: 30.0
Length: One year
Credential: Certificate
program overview

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.

Flexible Schedule

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.

Further Education

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.

Job Prospects

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.

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 25% (7.5 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College for students using transfer credit from other institutions, and/or have successfully challenged courses through PLAR.
  • Students are required to submit a copy of a current First Aid with CPR Certificate.  The course may be Standard or Emergency First Aid, with the training consisting of a minimum of 8 hours.  The CPR includes training for either or both adult and child.

Course Requirements:

                                             Year 1  


Course Title Credits
CFCS 1130 Change and Development: Lifespan 3.0
DACS 1140 Introduction to Practice 3.0
DACS 1150 Teaching and Learning: Foundations 3.0
DACS 1170 Characteristics of Exceptionalities 3.0
DACS 1250 Teaching and Learning: Universal Design for Learning 3.0
DACS 1256 Teaching and Learning: Introduction to Communication and Behaviour 3.0
DACS 1280 Foundations of Family Support 3.0
DACS 2320 Working with Others 3.0
DACS 2370 Personal Assistance 1.5
DACS 1240 Practicum 1 4.5
  Total Credits for Credential 30.0

For students admitted to the program prior to Fall 2020:

admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Applicants who have completed 9 or more post-secondary credits must be in good academic standing (with a minimum GPA of 1.5) for admission into any CFCS program.
  • Provide evidence of completion of at least 60 hours of supervised work (paid or volunteer) in a field-related setting. Applicants will be mailed a verification of volunteer/work experience form after they have applied to the program. Forms are to be completed by the applicant's direct supervisor.
  • Two additional professional reference letters attesting to the applicant's suitability to the program.
  • A current resume.
  • A letter of intent from the applicant, stating the reasons for choosing the program, long and short term goals, and the applicant's related strengths and limitations.
  • Applicants may be required to participate in an interview with the department to further determine suitability to the program.
  • A Criminal Record Check (information will be provided by the Office of the Registrar).
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.