2022-23 Calendar

Education Assistant Certificate

This 447-hour Education Assistant Program prepares learners to work as Education Assistants in schools as part of an educational team. Education Assistants work under the instructional supervision of classroom teachers and School District administrators while supporting the learning and independence of children who benefit from additional assistance in meeting their educational goals.

Learners are introduced to the organizational structure of schools and the role of Education Assistants in the classroom. Specific topics include general educational principles with particular attention to individualized instruction, cooperative learning and the importance of creating a positive learning environment. Learners develop and practice the skills necessary to implement modifications and adaptations of curriculum.

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 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. 


EA 111 School Organization
EA 112 Education and Child Development
EA 113 Workshop
EA 114 Translating and Supporting Behaviour
EA 115 Implementing and Integrating Curriculum
EA 116 Technology in Education
EA 121 Issues in Education
EA 122 Supporting Educational Domains
EA 124 Practicum

Graduation Requirements

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

Program Area:

Continuing Studies

Campus (Intake):

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




  • Part-Time
  • Full-Time


2022-23: $4,343
plus applicable textbooks and/or materials



Fall 2022

  • Full Time online hybrid, Monday - Friday
  • Part Time in class, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Winter 2023

  • Full time, online hybrid, Monday - Friday

Revelstoke – Winter 2022:

  • in-person Tuesday/Thursday evenings and some Saturdays

Vernon – Fall 2022:

  • Part-time, two evenings per week in class and most Saturdays, frequently online

Penticton – Winter 2022, Sept 2022 and Winter 2023:

  • Full time, in person, Monday – Friday, with some Saturdays

Salmon Arm - Winter 2022

  • Part-time. In-person Tuesday/Thursday evenings and some Saturdays

Distance - September 2022

  • Blend of synchronous and asynchronous, 2 evenings per week and most Saturdays

This program is student loan eligible.

Plus approximately $150 in material fees

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 07/05/2022