Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Education Assistant & 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.

TRU EACS Certificate graduates achieve 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 British Columbia School Districts or in communities as a support worker.

What you will learn to do

Confidently work with those who have a wide variety of disabilities

You will receive a TRU Certificate in Education Assistant and Community Support and be certified to work within British Columbian school districts as well as communities as support workers.

Ladder Up

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

What you learn in the fall, you 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 be a minimum or 18 years of age on or before the completion of the first semester and 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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