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Welcome to Langara College’s Education Assistant Program!
This eight-month full-time or six-semester part-time certificate program prepares students for career opportunities in the education system working alongside teachers supporting students with disabilities as Education Assistants.
The program combines a range of courses that provide a balance between a strong theoretical foundation and practical experiences so students graduate well prepared to begin their career.
In the public school system, a movement away from segregated classrooms toward inclusive classrooms has resulted in dramatic changes in the way students with disabilities are educated. It is an important goal of the faculty of the Education Assistant Program to provide students with opportunities to become competent and employable paraprofessionals in these dynamic environments.
Bonnie Cheng, graduate of Langara’s Education Assistant program, became one of this year’s finalists for the Premier’s Award of Excellence in Education, which recognizes exceptional teachers, support staff, and administrators throughout the province.
“I love working with students and watching them grow throughout our journey together,” says Cheng. “What I enjoy most about being an SSA is building relationships with students, staff, and families within the school community.” Read more about Cheng’s nomination here.
Samantha Watson, Alumna, has had experience with these students, both as a student in the classroom, and as an Education Assistant working alongside the teacher. Read more about her story.
Langara now offers a new part-time stream in our Education Assistant Certificate program. This stream allows students to complete the Education Assistant Certificate program on a part-time basis by taking courses in evenings and on weekends. A student could complete the part-time program in as little as six semesters. Courses are offered in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Langara continues to offer our full-time two-semester (fall and spring) program. Both streams include two extended practicum experiences in local schools.