Education Assistant Certificate

Program Overview:

The Education Assistant program prepares students for a variety of careers in schools, institutions and other workplace settings. EA’s provide basic life skills and academic support. They require an understanding of the course curriculum content and learning concepts. EA’s assist classroom teachers in the implementation of behaviour programs. Personal care assistance may be required.

The Program includes both theoretical studies, observation and practical applications of the role of the Education Assistant.  The program is scheduled to be completed in one year.

Classes are scheduled for evenings and Saturdays, but students must also be available for two weeks of directed observation and a four-week practicum placement in a school arranged by RMC. Successful applicants can expect three weeknight evenings and most Saturdays between late August through to the end of the following May.  There are no classes on Saturdays that fall before a statutory holiday.

Program duration: approximately 600 plus hours (completed within approximately 10 months).

Application for admission is required.


Registration: SPRING 2019 – Registration procedures will be published in our Winter/Spring 2019 brochure. Upon completion of registration form a limited number of registrants will be accepted.

Application Session: Date to be determined and published in our Winter/Spring 2019 brochure.  Only prospective students who have been accepted for registration on May 31 will be invited to attend the application session.

Application Session Requirements: Bring proof of high school graduation, two professional references, some form of documentation for the required 100 hours of appropriate volunteer and/or work experience and a calculator. A resume is useful, but not mandatory. There will be an assessment of written English and Math skills. Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance into the program. Attendance at the application session does not guarantee acceptance into the EA program.

Application Fee: $30/1 session 

Admission Requirements:

·        Registration procedures will be published in our Winter/Spring 2019 brochure.

·        Once accepted at registration, applicants are required to attend the Application Session on a subsequent date, to be determined and published in our Winter/Spring 2019 brochure. ($30.00 registration fee applies)

·        Grade 12 (G.E.D. not accepted), copy of diploma or transcript.

·        Volunteer time and/or appropriate work experience (100 hours) – ideally, volunteer or work experience would be in a school setting, though experience with special needs individuals in other supported goal-oriented environments can apply: for example, formal recreation programs, group homes, pre-school or after school programs. Parents of special needs children would benefit from some volunteer time in a school setting.

·        Criminal record check – required for practicum placements.  Ridge Meadows College will facilitate the criminal records check once the student has been accepted in to the program.  Students do not need to apply for a CRC on their own.

·        English and academic skills assessment: an assessment of spoken English, written English and Math skills, this is done at the application session.

·        Two professional references – written.  These are not personal references; if you have volunteered in a school setting, we recommend references from the school administration, teachers and support teachers.  Relevant employer references are accepted as well – for example: group home, care facilities or after school programs.

·        Bring documentation, references and a calculator to the application session

   Program Core Courses:

·        Introduction to Inclusive Education

·        Two week introductory observation – daytime, first 6 – 8 weeks of the program

·        Child Development and Special Needs

·        Curriculum Adaptations and Supports: Elementary/Secondary

·        Positive Behaviour Support

·        Interpersonal Communication Skills

·        Diversity in the Classroom

·        Technology in the Classroom

·        Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders – Practical Applications (ASD) Course

·        Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

·        Occupational First Aid Level 1

·        Various workshops and seminars as recommended by Program Advisory Committee

·        EA Practicum (4 weeks)

Program profile subject to change due to ongoing program review.

       2017/2018 Program Costs:

·        Registration Fee: $30.00

·        Tuition and Book Fee: $8177.00 

**Program profile/core courses are subject to change based on program advisory committee recommendations.  2017/2018 costs are subject to change for the 2018/2019 program.