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Classroom and Community Support

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; Adult/Youth Support Worker, Respite Support Worker, Residential or Day Program Coordinator, Navigator, Program Advisor etc.? 

The Classroom and Community Support diploma/certificate program 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.

  • The program is offered both Full time and Part time.  Most courses are offered in person however there are some hybrid and online courses available.  You can also receive transfer credit and/or prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) for previous related classroom or two years minimum of 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

 For more information on admission requirements, courses, intake dates and more, visit the Program and Course Catalogue

Useful Resources

PLAR Flexible Options Booklet

Volunteer/Work Experience Form (PDF) for admission

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"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 

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