Get the Skills to Become an Education Assistant

Education Assistants in a classroom setting.
Education Assistants help children develop social, life, and learning skills

Education Assistant Training in as Little as 22 Weeks 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.

If you’re a patient, compassionate individual who enjoys working with children, 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

22-Week Certificate | $56,311 median annual salary*

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

NOC 2021 code 43100

** visited on May 24, 2024.

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.

If you’re interested in taking your career as an Education Assistant to the next level by being able to work with children with complex disabilities, consider our Education Assistant & Community Mental Health program.

During the Education Assistant 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 in a variety of settings. Ready-to-work graduates of Education Assistant 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 Certificate

Total:  454 hours, 22 weeks

  • Introduction to Microsoft Computer (60 hours)
  • Workshops: Standard First Aid (16 hours) & FoodSafe Level 1 (8 hours)
  • Communication (relationship building) (48 hours)
  • Child Development (28 hours)
  • Mental Health (60 hours)
  • Life Span Development (48 hours)
  • Education/Teaching Assistant (116 hours)
  • Practicum Placement (50 hours)

Education Assistant Certificate

The focus of the Education Assistant Certificate is on 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 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 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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