2017-18 Calendar

Education Assistant Certificate

This 447-hour program prepares students to work as Education Assistants in a school setting with an emphasis on working as part of a team. The Education Assistant works under the instructional supervision of classroom teachers and employment supervision of other School and District level staff. Duties include helping to implement the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that has been developed by the team for individual children with exceptionalities in the areas of: cognitive abilities, physical challenges, severe health issues, behavioural challenges, autism and related disorders.

This program includes both theoretical studies and practical applications in such areas as understanding school curriculum, and developing strong observation and related skills while working with children who have severe challenges. As well, it will encourage the imagination and creative ability of each student in the program.

Graduates of this program are well-prepared to facilitate and support the learning and independence of children who require extra assistance in meeting their educational goals.

Admission Requirements

  • BC secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.

  • A minimum grade of 60% in Computer Fundamentals or equivalent.

  • A criminal record check clearance from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Office. Okanagan College's admission offices will provide applicants with instructions and forms for applicants to submit to the Solicitor General's Office and a deadline for the College to receive the clearance letter. Applicants should only initiate their criminal record check when instructed by Admissions. Failure to provide a clearance letter by the deadline will result in a cancellation of the applicant's admission application. 

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass each course with a minimum grade of 60% to receive a certificate.


EA 111 School Organization
EA 112 An Introduction to Exceptional School Children
EA 113 Workshop I
EA 114 Behaviour Management
EA 115 Implementing and Integrating Curriculum
EA 116 Technology in Special Education
EA 121 Issues in Education
EA 122 Exceptional School Children
EA 123 Workshop II
EA 124 Practicum

Program Area:

Continuing Studies

Campus (Intake):

  • Vernon (Sep)
  • Penticton (Sep)
  • Revelstoke (Sep)
  • Salmon Arm (Jan)
  • Summerland (Jan)
  • Kelowna (Jan, Sep)




  • Part-Time
  • Full-Time


2017-18: $3,931.79


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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/12/2017