Education Assistant and Community Support

About the Education Assistant and Community Support Program

This program prepares graduates for a rewarding career working with and caring for people with challenging mental, physical or emotional conditions. It includes both theoretical studies and practical applications for working with people of all ages who have disabilities. You will learn how to support people in community programs, residential programs, and in schools as education assistants. Students participate in hands-on training during two separate practica, one in a school and one in a community setting. 

Opportunities include working as education assistants in the public and private school systems, and in community settings with people who have disabilities. There are numerous jobs for qualified graduates as education assistants, community services workers, and residential service workers.

See the Start Dates and Application Deadlines for the Nanaimo or Powell River blended delivery.


Hay ch qa’ sii’em siye’yu mukw mustimuxw

In keeping with regional protocol, Vancouver Island University students, staff, faculty and administration would like to acknowledge and thank the Snuneymuxw First Nation, Tla’amin First Nation, Snaw-naw-as First Nation and the Cowichan Tribes for allowing students, staff, faculty and administration to teach, learn, live and share educational experiences on the traditional territories of these nations.