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Brief of Education Assistant Program

There is increasing demand for Education Assistants (EAs) and they are employed by every school district throughout the province. Oscar International College prepares students to work as EAs in a school setting and as part of a team. The program includes both theoretical studies, observation and practical applications. EAs assist school teachers and other staff as they work with students who may require additional support for academic, ESL, behavioral, and special needs. Students also required to work on Individualized Education Plans for individual children who are facing various learning challenges: for example: cognitive abilities, physical, severe health issues, and autism related disorders. The program is offered in a classroom format, at Vancouver, Surrey and Abbotsford locations.

Abbotsford, Surrey, and Vancouver


Upon completion of the program, graduates are qualified to assist elementary and secondary school teachers in the classroom as they work with students who may require additional support for special needs and behaviors, ELL (English Language Learning) and academics, assist instructional staff in after school programs and child care centers, and work in support and group supervision roles in community or youth drop-in centers or parks and recreation programs.

The goals of the Education Assistant program are to develop a broad set of skills and foundational knowledge to help students improve teaching confidence and effectiveness in the classroom. The program covers diverse topics required to succeed in the workplace under the direction of classroom teachers/resource teachers. Students gain useful insight into educational ethics and its complexities and maintain healthy relationships with students and parents. EA students are also trained to effectively provide special attention to students with physical, learning or emotional needs.

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status 19 years of age
  • Passing OIC entrance interview
  • Proof of First Aid and CPR training courses, (these requirements will be completed during the program if not met at the time of admission).
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic or General within the past two years; with an overall score of 6, OR
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within the past two years; IBT with an overall score of 76, OR.
  • College in-house English competency test
Item Domestic International
Tuition Fee $8,500 $19,500
Registration Fee $250 $250
Textbooks $700 $700
Other Material: First Aid, CPR, Food Safe, name tag, photocopy fee. $350 $350
Total $9,800 $20,800

Note: Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The registration fee is non-refundable and non-adjustable.

Cohort intake model

Abbotsford 20
Surrey 10
Vancouver 12

The program builds competencies in the following areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the education system in BC and how to assist diverse learners
  • Knowledge and understanding of the importance of providing educational support in order to facilitate learning and participation for students with disabilities
  • Understand and recognize the roles and responsibilities of an education assistant through reflective practice
  • Understand the value of a strength-based system and student-centered learning for diverse learners and their abilities
  • Knowledge and application of a variety of strategies, techniques and materials in order to provide individualized instructional support
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of a variety of technologies
  • Ethical and professional standards of conduct
  • Understand the challenges and responsibilities of Education Assistant and learning how to deal with day-to-day challenges in the classroom settings
  • Deal with behavior problems such as aggression and anti-social behavior
  • Deal with feelings of anger, resentment, and stress
  • Class participation (Group Discussion & Attendance)
  • Homework completion
  • Short quizzes/class assignments
  • Mid-term and final exam written
  • Practicum assessment

FT students are required to attend classes regularly from Monday to Friday for 5 hours a day for a total of 25 hours a week for 25 weeks (619 hours) and an additional 7 weeks (180 hours) of practicum for a total of 32 weeks. PT students are expected to attend classes on the weekends (SAT/SUN or evenings) for 12 hours a week for 52 weeks and 7 weeks practicum for total of 59 weeks

70% average upon successful completion of all courses. CPR and First Aid courses will be completed during the program if not completed at the time of admission.

  • FT Instructional hours & weeks: 619 hours over 25 weeks.
  • PT Instructional hours (SAT/SUN/EVE) 15 hours every week over 41 weeks
  • Practicum I (75 hours) and Practicum II (85 hours) total: 160 hours, 5 hours a day, over 7 weeks.

Full-time and Part-time

5-10 hours per week

  • Lecture and discussion
  • PowerPoint and video presentations
  • Small group presentations and discussion
  • Computer-based tutorials and interactive training
  • Guest lecturers
  • Student projects
  • Role play
  • Worksheets

Two practicum placements totalling 160 hours

Not applicable

EA 100 Child Development 45 hours
EA 101 Learning and Support Strategies for Diverse Learners 50 hours
EA 102 Professional Practice of Education Assistants 50 hours
EA 103 Autism 45 hours
EA 104 Foundations of Inclusive Education 45 hours
EA 105 Working with Others 45 hours
EA 106 Observing and Recording 40 hours
EA 107 Practicum I 75 hours
EA 200 Adolescent Development 50 hours
EA 201 Special Topics 45 hours
EA 202 Curriculum for Diverse Learners 50 hours
EA 203 Positive Behavior Support 50 hours
EA 204 Technology and Augmentative Communication 50 hours
EA 205 Assisting Children with English as a Second Language/English as an Additional Language (ESL/EAL) 50 hours
EA 206 Practicum II 85 hours
First Aid/CPR During program 16 hours
Food Safe During program 8 hours
Total Hours 799 hours

  • Roles and Responsibilities of Teachers and Teaching Assistants: A BCTF/CUPE Joint Paper (online)
  • Special Education Services – A Manual of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines. BC Ministry of Education (online)
  • Rathus, S. A. & Rinaldi, C.M. (2015). Voyages in Development. Toronto: Nelson Education Ltd.
  • Scheuermann, B., Webber, J. & Lang, R. (2017) Autism: Teaching Makes a Difference. Boston: Cengage
  • Kirk, S., Gallagher, J., & Coleman, M.R. (2015) Educating Exceptional Children. 14th edition