Get the Skills to Become an Education Assistant

Education Assistant helping a female student.
As an Education Assistant, you will help children develop their social, life and learning skills

39-Week Education Assistant & Community Mental Health Training Online OR On Campus

Education Assistants work under the supervision of a teacher, providing additional assistance and instruction to students. They often circulate around the classroom while students are completing assignments and assist students who are struggling with their work.

Discovery Community College’s Education Assistant & Community Mental Health program enables you to pursue an entry-level career as an Education Assistant. This program will provide you with more versatile career opportunities than our standard Education Assistant program. You will have the skills & training to work with children with developmental difficulties, behavioural issues and autism, as well as high-risk youth.

If you’re a patient, compassionate individual with a strong desire to help others, you could be well-suited to succeed as an Education Assistant.

Why Upskilling is Essential in Today’s Job Market

Like many Canadians, you may be concerned about the rising cost of living and the need to find ways to increase your income potential. If you’re looking to stay ahead of the curve, training to obtain new qualifications could be a great solution.

Discovery Community College is dedicated to offering convenient, supportive, and affordable career training. With a range of funding options available, there has never been a better time to invest in upskilling.   Contact us today to learn how we can help you get ahead in today’s job market.

Education Assistant

39-Week Certificate | $54,226 median annual salary*

  • Expected Job Openings in BC (2022-2032): 5,510*
  • Occupations include Education Assistant, Teacher Assistant

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** visited on August 3, 2023.

Becoming a Qualified Education Assistant

If you’re looking for a rewarding and fulfilling career, look no further than a career in education assistance. At Discovery Community College, we’re proud of our history of trainee success.

During the Education Assistant & Community Mental Health course, you will learn:

  • Communication
  • Child Development
  • Mental Health
  • Life Span Development
  • Education/Teaching Assistant
  • And more!

Career Opportunities

This program provides you with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to work in an entry-level educational assistance role with children and high-risk youth in a variety of settings. Ready-to-work graduates of Education Assistant & Community Mental Health programs are qualified to work in areas such as:

  • Public and Private Schools
  • Summer Camps
  • Child Care Centres
  • Other Learning Organizations
  • And more!

If you’re interested in working at a school district, contact our Admissions Team to learn more about the hiring requirements for your desired school district.

There has never been more funding for career training than there is right now. A variety of funding opportunities may be available to you, including WorkBC, Student Aid BC, and employment grants. An experienced Financial Aid Representative is available to answer any questions you may have, can assist with potential funding applications and help you discover the best options for your specific needs.

Is a Career as an Education Assistant Right for You? Take the Discovery Community College “Education Assistant Career Training Readiness Quiz”

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get your Education Assistant career training readiness score now >>

Community Support Worker: Education Assistant and Community Mental Health Certificate

Total:  804 hours, 39 weeks

  • Orientation (20 hours)
  • Introduction to Microsoft Computer (60 hours)
  • Workshops: Standard First Aid (16 hours) & FoodSafe Level 1 (8 hours)
  • CSW – Education Assistant (300 hours)
  • CSW – Community Mental Health (300 hours)
  • CSW – Practicum Placement (100 hours)

Communication (relationship building) (48 hours)

  • build and establish relationships with children and youth
  • learn the skills needed to participate in effective team building in the school setting

Child Development (28 hours)

  • an introduction to theories of child development from birth to adolescence

Mental Health (60 hours)

  • special emphasis on challenges experienced by exceptional children and youth in the school setting
  • learn how to provide appropriate support for the differently abled child or youth (this course is integrated with Life Span Development)

Life Span Development (48 hours)

  • learn and apply your knowledge of the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and moral development of children and youth
  • emphasis on knowledge of special needs and health conditions that may affect the development of children or youth (this course is integrated with Mental Health)

Education/Teaching Assistant (116 hours)

  • provide support for children and youth in a school setting
  • application of adapted and modified teaching strategies and their relationship to the different learning styles of individuals
  • learn techniques and skills that are needed to work with students who have mental, physical, and learning/behaviour challenges within the classroom setting

Education Assistant and Community Mental Health Certificate

The focus of the Education Assistant & Community Mental Health Certificate is on vulnerable children and youth, especially in the school setting. You will be introduced to theories of child development from birth to adolescence. You will learn techniques and skills that are needed to work with students who have mental, physical, and learning/behaviour challenges within the classroom setting.


Delivery: On campus & online with practicum placements in your local community.

Practical “On-The-Job” Training

At Discovery, we believe that you should not only complete training with theoretical knowledge, but with real experience in the industry. That’s why learners in the Education Assistant & Community Mental Health program will complete a practicum placement during their training.

Your internship enables you to apply what you’ve learned in a real setting and gain not only experience to put on your resume, but also industry connections, references, and confidence. We help you feel supported by making sure that our program gives you access to all the tools you need to secure your first job and build your career.

Convenient Learning Options

At Discovery Community College, you don’t have to put your life on hold to start career training. We offer accessible learning including on-campus, online and blended on-campus and online learning options.

Many of our learners are raising families and some continue to work while training. We will help you choose a schedule that works for you.

International Learners

As an international learner training at Discovery Community College, our co-op based training programs allows you to gain real-world experience in the community with a cooperative work experience placement upon completion of the program.

Almost 35 Years of Success

Discovery Community College has been training learners just like you for successful careers for almost 35 years. Our college is a well-respected institution, who has formed alliances with numerous community partners. We are also registered with and designated by the Private Training Institutions Branch of British Columbia, formally PPSEC, since 1996.

Is a Rewarding Career as an Education Assistant Right For You?

If you’re interested in learning more about Education Assistant & Community Mental Health training and exploring whether this might be the career path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

Our friendly and knowledgeable Admissions Representatives are happy to answer any questions you may have and can help with everything from courses to financial aid.

To speak with an Admissions Rep right away, give us a call at 1-877-315-5241.

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