Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate

Everyone has potential. Now, with an Education Assistant and Community Support (EACS) Certificate, you will be prepared to support and serve children, youth or adults with exceptional needs in furthering their potential.

90% employment rates

The certificate empowers and trains you to help people with special needs to learn important educational, social, vocational, recreational and personal life skills. You will be prepared to work as an education assistant in BC school districts and communities as a support worker.

What you will learn

You will learn to confidently work with those who have a wide variety of disabilities.

Ladder up

You may choose to ladder your certificate directly into Year Two of the Human Service Diploma.

What you learn in the fall will apply in the winter: Practicum placements are offered in schools and community agencies, and these can lead to valuable employer connections after graduation.

What you need to get in

BC Grade 12 of equivalent or Mature Student Status
- 73% on the combined BC English Grade 12/English Grade 12 First Peoples Government Exam (written within the last five years)
Level 5 on LPI (written within the last two years)
Completion of English 0600 with a grade of C+ or better
Satisfactory completion of the TRU English assessment (ACCUPLACER) at the university entrance level
Completion of ESAL 0570 and ESAL0580 with a grade of C+ or better

Applicants must have Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status. Two letters of reference are required, as well as immunization records.


Fall Semester

  • ENGL 1100 Composition
  • EDCS 1580 Introduction to Prof. Human Service Practice
  • EDCS 1640 Foundation of Community and School Support Work
  • EDCS 1660 Health Care Principles
  • PSYC 2130 Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence

Winter Semester

  • EDCS 1680 Field Work
  • EDCS 1540 Interpersonal Communications and Helping Relationships
  • EDCS 1650 Understanding Behaviour: Learning for Independence
  • EDCS 1750 Alternate Augmentative Communication
  • PSYC 2230 Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Adult and Aging
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