1) What is the name of the specific course and the corresponding tuition?

Education Assistant Program
Registration fee is $40.00
Program cost is approximately $5,000.00 for two semesters, including books and supplies

Use the "Cost of Study Tool" for a more detailed breakdown of costs

2) Is this institution PCTIA registered and/or accredited?

Langara is not a private institution, it is a public institution and a member of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

3) What are the Training Institution's admission requirements?

Academic Requirements:

  • Completion of BC Grade 12 or equivalent. If you do not have BC Grade 12 or equivalent and you are at least 19 years of age, you may be accepted providing you have a minimum of three credits of university-transferable courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • One of the following: LET with a minimum level 3; LPI with a minimum 25 (or 24 on the essay with 5 in English usage); BC English 12 or equivalent with an 'A'; BC English Literature 12 with an 'A'; a university-level English or Communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit, with a minimum 'C-'; or an 'S' in one of ENGL1107, 1108 or 1110.

Program Requirements:

  • Recent volunteer or work experience in the school system, with students with disabilities. Preference will be given to applicants who have 100 hours of recent volunteer experience with children with disabilities in school or related settings.
  • A minimum of two recent letters certifying that volunteer experiences were successful are required. Note:Letters from relatives or friends are not acceptable.
  • Good knowledge of the English language and the ability to speak and write clearly and correctly.
  • An interview conducted by program faculty where your understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Education Assistants in a school setting and your familiarity with the current BC school system will be evaluated.
  • Criminal Records Review. All students in the Education Assistant Program must complete a Criminal Records Review prior to the first practicum. Practicum placement facilities require evidence of a satisfactory Criminal Records Review in order for you to work with children/adolescents in the school system.

Program Preferences:

  • Post-secondary studies with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

4) Is there an admission test? Yes or No. If yes, what is the content?

There is no test specific to the program, although as part of the admission to Langara, applicants must complete an English Placement test (L.E.T. or L.P.I.) if they do not have previous post-secondary English.

5) How many graduates of this course are presently working in their field?

Our employment rate is over 95% for those who seek employment as an Education Assistant after graduation.

6) What is the typical entry-level position and what is the salary range?

Graduates apply for the position of Education Assistant (Special Education Assistant, Student Support Worker, Teacher Assistant) in the school system.

The salary is about $24.00/hour. Daily hours vary.

7) What kind of assistance does the Institution offer in job placement?

Langara does not offer any assistance with job placement. Individual school districts interview and hire Education Assistants independently of any program.

8) Does the Institution issue a T2202A for income tax purposes?


9) Additional information you may consider relevant?

Langara’s Education Assistant Program, the oldest program of its kind in the province, celebrated it’s 40th anniversary in 2007. Langara has a good reputation in the lower mainland and works closely with the local school districts. Our Program Advisory Committee is comprised of graduates, parents, and local school district representatives, who assist us in keeping our curriculum relevant, to ensure that our graduates are well prepared at the start of their career.