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Education assistants make a difference the lives of children

A career as an EA is not only deeply rewarding but there is a growing demand for education assistants in the classroom


Are you a compassionate individual who wants to support and empower individuals who may need a little extra help? Do you get great satisfaction from seeing others succeed? Do you want a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others?

As an Education Assistant, you will assist elementary and secondary school teachers to work with students who may require additional support for academic, ESL, behavioral, or special needs. Stenberg College grad Kerry Ogilvy was hired three days after her Education Assistant program ended and is thrilled with her new career. “I look forward each and every day to making a difference in the life of a child who needs a little extra help at school. Seeing the little moments of triumph when a child understands something for the first time or meets a goal, that’s the best feeling in the world.”

Not only is this career incredibly rewarding, but there is also a significant and growing demand for Education Assistants in most school districts. In the last five years, the need for educated and qualified Education Assistants has steadily increased, and wages reflect this demand, ranging from $22.62 – $27.44 per hour depending on the school district.

One of Stenberg College’s goals is to have the best-prepared grads and, to that end, their students receive training and certification from the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD). Human Resource departments from multiple school districts in B.C. and Alberta have confirmed that applicants with training in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behaviour Analysis are favoured for hiring. As a result of the exceptional training, Stenberg College Education Assistant grads have an excellent reputation with school districts. In fact, over 95 per cent of Stenberg’s EA grads find employment within six months (or less) of program completion.

With classes offered both in-class and online, this program is offered throughout B.C. and Alberta. Stenberg’s online program is delivered in a combined delivery format: guided online learning combined with site-based elements for orientation, skills-based instruction and work experience placements. 

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