- 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.
Students can complete this program within two years and can complete the program through part-time or full-time studies.
Courses in this program cost approximately $400 to $550 each. Textbooks are an extra cost.
Use of iPads may be required for this program. We encourage students to refrain from making a purchase until instructed to do so. View the minimum requirements.
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Admission and Registration
- Application must be submitted, with your official transcript, through the OCAS - Ontario College Application Service (opens in new window).
- Applicants are asked to select only one option (full-time or part-time) when applying. If accepted, you will receive an offer to only one option if you applied for both. Your status (part-time or full-time) will be determined when registering for your courses each semester. Students can switch between full-time and part-time status throughout the duration of their studies.
Intakes are available in the Fall (September), Winter (January), and Spring (May).
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) OR equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)
- A pass in Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
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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