Do you want to work as a Education Assistant (previously titled Special Education Assistant, Teacher Assistant etc.) in schools? Or in the community with careers such as: Community Support Worker, Respite/Homeshare Provider, Employment Specialist, or Coordinator for Inclusion Supports.
Our programs will provide you with the specialized knowledge and skills to help promote the development, education, well-being and citizenship of children and adults with disabilities. There are two credential options: Education Assistance & Inclusion Certificate (EAI) and Classroom & Community Support Diploma (CCS).
Education Assistance and Inclusion Certificate (EAI)
Reduced Course Load: This option is ideal for students who work during they day, have other commitments and/or need more time to be successful in their coursework. Courses are offered in various formats, such as campus based evenings and weekends, hybrid or online to fit the busy schedules of students. Students in this option can complete their required 30 credits in as little as 3 semesters. Seats are not guaranteed. Students can choose to continue on to year 2 for the CCS diploma after completion of the certificate.
Classroom and Community Support Diploma (CCS)
Full-Time: Students come from various educational and professional backgrounds, forming a cohort of shared learning. Students will complete the 60 credit diploma in 4 semesters, with the option of exiting with an EAI certificate after 2 semesters. Seats are guaranteed. Students may also choose to complete a BI specialty.
Receive Transfer Credits
You may also receive transfer credit and/or prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR), if you have a minimum of two years of previous related classroom or work experience in the field.
Graduates of Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Education, or Special Education Assistant programs from one of BC's public post-secondary institutions can receive transfer credit.
Graduates of our Diploma program can block transfer into the 3rd year of a number of degree programs at different institutions.
Explore Learning Options
Courses are offered in a blend of on campus, as well as, hybrid and online.
We offer practicums that lets you gain experience by applying classroom learning in the field and gain valuable employment contacts.
"I am a Supports Facilitator at an agency here in Vancouver. I have been enjoying working with people and I was fortunate enough to spend some time being involved with PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) for the Classroom and Community Support Program. While I have 11 years of experience in community support and have been learning at conferences, workshops, and seminars, taking PLAR has been an excellent opportunity for me sharpen the fundamentals of my practice. One of the nice benefits is, having worked with the material in the course, the refreshment on theory that has helped me be much more effective in my leadership and practice. Over two semesters, I was able to complete the maximum amount of PLAR courses and am now in good position to complete the Diploma which provides a healthy amount of credits to transfer or broaden my education."
– PLAR CCS Diploma Student
"I am a student finishing my second year of CCS, and planning my next steps in higher education. Flexibility, night courses, online courses, were all very important aspects that I was looking for in order to reach my destination. In the field now for 9 years, and working as an Educational Assistant for a school district, while being self employed on the side, I needed a way to achieve higher education by maintaining my current work life in balance. CCS did manage to provide these opportunities for myself. With PLAR leading the way in advancing me further down the road as quickly as possible, and a fantastic set of instructors that made the courses seem like a breeze in a stress free environment, I couldn't have asked for more."
– PLAR CCS Diploma Student and Behaviour Intervention Certificate Graduate