Education Assistant program

Program Duration: 1000 hours = 50 weeks (Based on a full-time program of 20 hours per week; average 4 week courses)


Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and completion of high school studies and/or commencement of post-secondary studies OR have achieved MATURE STUDENT STATUS: 19 years of age, out of secondary school for a minimum of 1 year with program industry experience minimum of 100 hours

Brief Program Description

There is increasing demand for Education Assistants (EAs) in the province of BC, and they are employed by every school district throughout the province. SELC Career College prepares students to work as EAs in a school setting where they will be supporting the development of individual students, participating in school-based team meetings, and helping design and implement Individualized Education Plans. The program includes both theoretical studies, observation and practical applications. More specifically, EAs assist school teachers and other staff as they work with students who may require additional support for academic, behavioral, and social emotional needs. For example, students who are facing various learning challenges: cognitive barriers, physical/mobility issues, severe/complex mental health conditions, and autism-related disorders.

Career Occupation


Students require ONE of the following:

Has successfully reached the Upper Intermediate Level at SELC English Language Centre   SELC Career College on-site administered English Language Test score of 75-79%

Students require ALL of the following:

Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency for domestic students

Criminal Record check required for Work Experience

About This Program

Program Duration

1000 hours = 50 weeks (Based on a full-time program of 20 hours per week; average 4 week courses)

Homework Hours

On average, students should expect to receive approximately 10 additional hours of homework per week depending on the course expectations.

Completion Requirements*

EA candidates must complete all courses in the program, and successfully complete two practicums in a public or private school in BC; other placement contexts may be considered (detailed practicum information provided).


Program Organization

Title of Course/Work Experience Component

Block A

Block B

Additional Courses & Certifications

Method(s) of Evaluation*

In the EA Program, students are assessed in a formative and summative manner. Students are evaluated on all concepts taught in the class on a regular basis through ongoing evaluative techniques such as: end of chapter quizzes, completion of homework and in-class activities, group projects, weekly assignments (media view and reflect, discussion posts, online engagement, case study analyses) individual journal entries, exams (in some courses), participation and professionalism, and oral quizzes.

Delivery Method(s)

Combination Delivery explanation

The program has a combination delivery OPTION for students that have a higher level command of English and ability to work off campus in an electronic format. The combination delivery will utilize the LMS course portal platform (currently Moodle), Video Conferencing (currently zoom) the VitalSource Bookshelf (for e-book textbooks). Online Delivery will consist of synchronous video conferencing lectures and Asynchronous activities for learning, such as Discussion Forums, Video’s, Research, Simulations and Case Study.

Instructional Methods

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