Education Assistant Certificate

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
LENGTH: 1 year
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: $345 - $355 per course
START DATE: Spring 2022
  • Some courses are available online
Application Deadline

Limited seats available for Spring 2022!

  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees

Prepare to work as an education assistant.

With an Education Assistant Certificate, you’ll be prepared to work as a teacher’s aide or education assistant, providing assistance to children with disabilities in school settings.

The program is designed for practicing support workers and those who choose to become practitioners. It enhances competence in:

  • Inclusion
  • Human diversity
  • Learning and support strategies
  • Health and wellness
  • Communication
  • Community and relationships
  • Professional practice and accountability

Education Assistant Certificate Courses

With an Education Assistant Certificate, you will be prepared to work as a classroom education assistant, providing assistance to children with disabilities in school settings. The program is designed for practicing Education Assistants and those who choose to become Education Assistants. It enhances competence in inclusion; supporting literacy; human diversity; learning and support strategies; communication; school, community and relationships; as well as professional practice and accountability.

Required courses


CASS-105 Introduction to CASS Practicum 3 20/65 Hours


CASS-110 Communication Skills 3 15 weeks
CASS-120 Hum Div: a Disability Perspect 3 15 weeks
CASS-130 Ethical Foundations of Pract 3 15 weeks
CASS-140 Positive Approaches to Teach 1 3 15 weeks
CASS-145 Positive Approaches to Teach 2 3 15 weeks
CASS-150 Life Planning & Support System 3 15 weeks
CASS-160 Physical Care/Health Wellness 3 15 weeks
CASS-180 Supporting Lit. in Diverse Pop 3 15 weeks


Approved Elective of CASS 189 (3 credits)

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Online Offering

Our Education Assistant Certificate is offered online via our Prince George instructors. CNC’s flexible format makes the EA training accessible for all students, regardless of where they live or what their schedule is.  

While course modules are offered online through Moodle, instructors are also available for help through several communication methods, from phone, to email, to Skype, as well as face-to-face for students in Prince George. 

Spring 2022 Prince George Online 1 year

Entry Requirements

  • English 12 (of at least “C”), or equivalent
  • Applicants must complete the supplementary Education Assistant Application

Students have 10 years from the time of first registration to complete all of the course and practicum requirements for the Community Support Worker (CSW) Certificate and/or the Education Assistant (EA) Certificate. This policy applies to CNC courses and to all courses transferred from other post-secondary institutions for credit at CNC. Courses more than 10 years old may be considered for unassigned credit. Students should contact the Dean to discuss this option. (Please note that professional certification or accreditation bodies and receiving institutions may have different criteria.) For the complete policy, see Ten Year Timeline for Program Completion Policy #E-1.37 available on the CNC Policy web page.

English Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12, or equivalent (minimum “C”)

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Program Expectations

  1. Commitment of an average of ten hours per week per course.
  2. MS Office and email skills, high speed internet.
  3. Students are required to find their own practicum placements, subject to faculty approval and availability.
  4. Criminal Record Check – RCMP checks are not valid

NOTE: All costs associated with equipment, software, certifications and documentation are the student’s responsibility.

Selection Process

If there is room in the program, you will be accepted once you have met all admission requirements. This is called “first qualified, first accepted.” If you qualify after the program is full, you will be put on a waitlist.

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $345 - $355 per course. 

These costs are an estimate. Student fees vary by campus.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities board.