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Education Assistant and Community Support

Applications are currently being accepted for Spring 2018 intake. Need more information? Contact Alison.Taplay@viu.ca.

The Education Assistant and Community Support program includes both theoretical and practical applications for working with people who have disabilities, across the lifespan. The core and specialty courses provide students with the skills and knowledge to work in entry level positions in community settings with people who have disabilities, and as educational assistants in the school system.

The Education Assistant and Community Support Program provides a first year of study in the Disability Studies Diploma.The diploma transfers to the 3rd year of Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation at the University of Calgary and the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Disability Management at the Pacific Coast University. It is also a pathway to the VIU Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Education.

Careers

To learn about some of the careers in community support visit Inclusion BC  http://www.inclusionbc.org/member-associations/careers-community-living

To learn about some of the careers as an Education Assistant visit Make a Future http://www.makeafuture.ca/careers-in-bc-education/support-staff/education-assistants/

Accessible Program Delivery

The 10 Education Assistant and Community Support Program courses will be offered in a blended delivery format that includes attending face to face institutes in Powell River for 2 - 3 days, twice a semester and participating regularly in a virtual classroom each week. This exciting program delivery model makes the certificate accessible to:

  • students who have significant family responsibilities;
  • students living outside the geographic area; and
  • students who are working.

This program is also offered fully in-class at the Nanaimo campus.

Transfer Credit (from other institutions)

Vancouver Island University recognizes the academic knowledge and achievement of students who have undertaken post–secondary studies at other colleges, institutes, or universities. Credit is assigned on the basis of an official transcript, course outlines, and other supporting documentation. Transfer students must meet all of Vancouver Island University's admission requirements.

A Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) also offers students with substantial past work experience or training the opportunity to receive full or partial credit for courses. A PLA is requested through a faculty member and is approved by the Dean of Health and Human Services. A PLA usually involves developing a portfolio that demonstrates how you meet the course learning objectives. The master course outlines including the course learning objectives can be viewed at this link. https://hhs.viu.ca/education-assistant-community-support/master-course-outlines.

Admission Requirements

  • General admission requirements apply.
  • English 12 with a min. “C” grade, or equivalent
  • Resume, application, and covering letter
  • Two letters of reference
  • Interview

Recommendations for Admission

  • Volunteer or paid experience working with people who are mentally, physically or behaviourally challenged

Computer Requirements:

Notes on Admission

  • Practica will require a criminal record check prior to placement.  To this end, once accepted into the Education Assistant and Community Support program, students must complete the Consent to a Criminal Record Check for working with children and / or vulnerable adults and pay the current fee. VIU will submit the completed form to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Once received, the clearance form will be uploaded to the student’s account. A criminal record check completed through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General for an employer may be accepted if it is current. Students are advised that a criminal record may limit their practicum possibilities and their work opportunities in the Human Services field.
  • For admission to the program, applicants will be assessed on past academic achievement, related volunteer/paid employment, writing skills, and performance at an interview with faculty
  • Applicants may be required to provide a letter from a family physician attesting to the applicant’s suitability to take the program

Program Outline

Spring 2018

Downloadable Program Guide

EACS 150 (Health and Wellness)

EACS 160 (Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology)

EACS 180 (Practicum - School Based)

Fall 2018

EACS 110 (Foundation for Practice)

EACS 130 (Teaching and Learning Strategies)

EACS 170 (Challenging Conditions)

Fall 2019

CYC 152 (Interpersonal Communication Skills in a Therapeutic Context)

EACS 140 (Understanding and Supporting Behaviour Across the Lifespan)
EACS 190 (Practicum - Community Based)
English Requirement*
Please discuss with an Educational Advisor

*English Requirement

One of:
ENGL 115 - (University Writing and Research)
ENGL 125 - (Literature and Culture)
ENGL 135 - (Literature and Criticism)

Detailed program information including links to course outlines is available on the Health and Human Services website.

Fees (subject to change)

Tuition (per 3 credit course)
$434.58
Student Fees per semester (based on 3 courses)
$156.03
Application Fee
$38.55

Other Expenses

Headsets 25.00
Criminal Record Search 40.00
Textbooks approximately 90.00 each
(Note: this is an estimate per course only)

Special Expenses

Travel to attend face to face classes in Powell River is required. Travel may be required for practicum completion. All fees and other costs are subject to change without prior notice.

Financial Assistance

Contact an Educational Advisor at the University for information.  Please call 604-485-2878 or toll free 1-877-888-8890 to make an appointment.