- Program Description
- Program of Studies / Mandatory Courses
- Admission and Registration
- Learning Outcomes
- Next Steps
- Field Placement / Clinical
- Frequently Asked Questions
- College Resources
- Program Contact
Make a difference providing support to exceptional students dealing with physical, emotional or intellectual challenges while attending school.
This part-time, online learning program has been designed to meet the needs of those who wish to pursue a career as an Educational Support/Assistant or are already working in the field and need to upgrade their qualifications. Although this program has undergone a name change from Educational Assistant to Educational Support, the program outcomes and career opportunities remain the same.
The provincially-approved curriculum has been designed to develop the aptitudes, knowledge and skills needed to work with, and support children and youth with special needs during their educational experience. Through a carefully designed program of studies that combines theory and hands-on practice in school-based field placements, candidates prepare to work with teachers, and other professionals in meeting a wide-range of exceptional student needs.
This program is also offered through Full Time Studies.
Continuing Education students usually complete this program in two to three years.
Courses in this program cost approximately $400 to $550 each. Textbooks are extra.
iPads are required in this program. View the minimum requirements.
Admission and Registration
Intakes are available in the Fall (September), Winter (January), and Spring (May).
You must submit an Official Grade 12 transcript showing Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent (GED, College and Career Preparation) including Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent.
All applicants who do not meet or are missing the academic eligibility requirements for this program may contact the Program Manager for a Pre-Admission test(s) recommendation.
All applicants submitting prior academic history completed outside of Canada must provide confirmation of equivalence to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This can be coordinated through any of the following:
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) (opens in new window)
- University of Toronto Comparative Education Service (CES) (opens in new window)
- World Education Services (WES) (opens in new window)
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
If you struggle with communications or your first language is not English, you are encouraged to explore upgrading options available through our Applied Communications Centre. You are also encouraged to take COMM11040 instead of COMLL041 for added understanding and support. Both meet the graduating requirements of the Program of Studies
- Computer Skills (e.g. word processing, data management, internet access).
Students should be familiar with computers, word processing, and email based systems prior to considering this blended program (a mix of online and in class learning). To upgrade computer skills, consider a CE introductory 'Computer Basics' course or a Learning Support Centre workshop before applying.
OSAP funding may be available. Learn more about Financial Assistance Options for Continuing Education Students.
- Educational Assistant Apprentices - A partnership exists between Mohawk College and Georgian College to facilitate individuals who are working as Educational Assistants, and who have met all the requirements for the Educational Assistant Apprenticeship Certification of Completion, to complete the courses required to be awarded an Educational Assistant Ontario College Diploma. Email us for more details on this bridging opportunity.
- View the Educational Pathways.
For details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank (opens in new window).
Field Placement / Clinical
Visit our Educational Support Field Placements page for details.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Continuing Education FAQ
- Where can I find more information on registering?
- What is the fee structure?
- How can I apply for an exemption?
- Can I obtain credit for learning obtained outside a traditional classroom?
- Where can I find more information on online learning and exams for online courses?
- How do I apply to graduate?
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