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Certificate in Education Assistant

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Program overview
1 year
Diploma / certificate
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Surrey (British Columbia)
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Surrey (British Columbia)
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About this program

Certificate in Education Assistant

Graduates work with Kindergarten through Grade 12 students and assist teachers in providing personal care and behavioral and learning support to a variety of students in public and independent schools.

There is a high demand for Education Assistants and they are employed by every school district throughout the province. The graduates work in a variety of settings, including regular classrooms, resource rooms, work experience sites, and in life-skills activities.

To integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the program, all students complete two four-week, full-time practicums in the schools over the course of their studies, one in an elementary school and one in a secondary school. During this time, a student will observe, assist, and work with children and adolescents with diverse needs under the guidance and supervision of professional staff. This certificate ladders into BA programs at KPU. Contact Arts Degree Advising for details.

Admission requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • Approximately 100 hours of successful experience volunteering or working with children or youth, preferably in the schools. (Applicants must submit two letters from employers or responsible persons in the community, indicating the hours of experience completed.)
  • Attendance at an information session (for further information, see
  • Criminal Record review issued by the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. To be requested once an offer of admission has been made.

If you are not a Canadian citizen, you are required to secure a Criminal Record Search with the Vulnerable Sector from your country of origin. Note that your Criminal Record Search must be mailed directly from the issuing agency to the KPU Admissions Office.

For more information, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Including Diverse Learners in Schools
  • Supporting Learning in Schools
  • Introduction to Practice and Positive Behaviour Support
  • Interpersonal Communications 1
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication
  • Interpersonal Communications 2
  • Practicum One
  • Health and Personal Care
  • Overview of Curriculum for Inclusive Schools
  • Practicum Two
  • Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Select one of the following:

  • Introduction to University Writing 1
  • Reading and Writing Skills for Educational Assistants 1
  • Introduction to Professional Communication

Select one of the following:

  • Change and Development: Childhood
  • Developmental Psychology: Childhood 2

Select one of the following:

  • Change and Development: Adolescence Through Middle AdulthoodDevelopmental
  • Psychology: Adolescence 2

Scholarships & funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers scholarship opportunities to new students, in amounts up to $20,000 CAD. For details and application requirements, please contact the university.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is Canada’s leading polytechnic university. KPU’s five campuses are all located in Metro Vancouver, a modern and multicultural region that has incredible natural beauty, the most temperate weather in Canada, and many career opportunities. With guaranteed...

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Why study at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Canada ranked #1 study abroad country

Canada has been ranked the #1 study abroad country in the world for 2020! Known for its untouched natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals, and a culture of tolerance and diversity, Canada is a clear choice for students looking to study abroad.

With 5 campuses, 140 programs, and 20,000 full time students each year, Kwantlen Polytechnic University is one of the largest and most exciting universities in the Metro Vancouver region of Canada. It’s why thousands of international students from around 70 countries choose to study at KPU each year.

As an international student at KPU, your education will be relevant and thought-provoking. Your instructors will care deeply about your learning, and our programs will offer you the opportunity to get real, hands-on experience to prepare you for your dream career—whether in Canada, or beyond. And at every step in your journey, our welcoming international student services will be there to support you and celebrate your success. Plus? Metro Vancouver is one of the most beautiful and livable places in the entire world.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666 72 Avenue
BC V3W 2M8 Surrey

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