Education Assistant and Community Support

The Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate (EACS) is an eight-month employment-ready program that prepares students for careers that provide support and service to children, youth or adults with exceptionalities. Students are prepared to work as an education assistant in British Columbian school districts or in communities as support workers.

The program includes a fieldwork practicum in the winter semester. Practicum placements are offered in many different schools and community agencies.

Graduates from the Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate may ladder directly into year two of the Human Service Diploma program. At TRU Williams Lake, EACS is used as year one of the Human Service Diploma program.

Intake date

The EACS program in Williams Lake offers one intake every year, beginning in September. 

Learning options

Full-time and part-time study. The program is offered on a full-time basis (five courses per semester) over eight months. Part-time study is also available; most part-time students take two or three courses per semester over two years. The Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate is not available online through TRU Open Learning, although some courses may be available by distance. Please contact the TRU Williams Lake Academic Advisor for more details.

Educational requirements

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or Mature Student Status
  • English 12/English 12 First Peoples 73% (B)

General requirements

  • Citizenship: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have landed immigrant status
  • Age: Applicants must be 18 years old as of Dec. 31 of their fall semester in order to meet the expectations of a criminal record check for practicum placement
  • Two letters of reference
  • Immunization record
Courses
EDCS 1540 Interpersonal Communications and Helping Relationships
EDCS 1580 Introduction to Human Service Professional Practice
EDCS 1640 Foundations of Education Assistant and Community Support Work
EDCS 1650 Understanding Behaviour: Learning for Independence
EDCS 1660 Health Care Principles — required Lab: EDCS 1660L
EDCS 1680 Field Work
EDCS 1750 Alternative and Augmentative Communication

Inquiries and Advising

Phone: 250-392-8000
Email: wlmain@tru.ca

Admissions

Phone: 250-392-8020
Email: wladmissions@tru.ca