Certificate in Education Assistant


Coast Mountain College

British Columbia, Canada

About Course

Key information
: 1 Year
Study Type
: Full Time
Tuition fees
: 14.00 CAD / Total
Program Taught language
: English
: On Campus
Conditional Scholarship
: NA
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  • Education Assistant | Certificate

  • In 2020/2021 we offer this program via Distributed Learning where we use various tools that may include email, web-conferencing platforms, online videos, social media, textbooks, print modules, local contexts and experiential tasks. Learn more about Distributed Learning at CMTN.
  • The Education Assistant (EA) certificate prepares students to work at the para-professional level in the field of education. Education Assistants work under the supervision of classroom or resource teachers to support students with exceptionalities and challenges in elementary and secondary education settings. The program builds the knowledge and skills students need to work as part of an educational team, supporting the integration and education of students with exceptionalities and challenges into a regular school classroom.

    The Education Assistant program at CMTN consists of Indigenized curriculum. The program explores the definition colonization and the effects of colonization on Indigenous education realities in Canada and B.C. The program also focuses on traditional Indigenous parenting models, effects of colonization on Indigenous parenting and parent/family/community relationships with the school. Pathways to build trusting, meaningful relationships with Indigenous students, their families and communities are core parts of the Coast Mountain College Education Assistant curriculum.


Entry Requirement

  • Applicant must have a bechalor degree.

Application Process

  • Important documents

  • EDUA Reference form
  • Northern Health Immunization form
  • Step 1: Required for admission and registration

    • English 12 or equivalent.

    • Two character references from an employer, teacher or human service professional. 

    • Documentation of a minimum of 45 hours of satisfactory work or volunteer experience in a human service agency or agencies related to the training program within the last three years. (For example, pay stubs, letter of employment, memo's from employer. If work hour information is included in 2 reference letters, no documentation is needed.)

    • Resume of work and/or volunteer experience.

    Step 2: Required for practicum

    Students who fail to submit any step 2 documentation will be prohibited from attending the practicum.

    • Criminal Record Check: (including advanced vulnerable populations) under the Criminal Records Review Act and the Ministry of Justice process for educational institutions. Applicants should only initiate their criminal record check when instructed by Admissions. Please note: Any changes to your criminal record status or events occurring that will impact your criminal record must be reported in writing to the program Dean. Some events may impact your ability to attend clinical or practicum settings. The implications of failing to report changes, as a student, can result in program failure.

    • Proof of current immunizations / vaccinations / TB skin test: Immunizations as outlined in the Practice Education Guidelines and recommended by the BC Centre for Disease Control (2009): diphtheria and tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), varicella and influenza. Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray.

    *Students who do not meet immunization requirements may be prohibited from attending practicum subject to site’s policy


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