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Education Assistant

School of Health, Education and Human Services

Program Description

The Educational Assistant certificate program (EACP) is designed to integrate theory and practice associated with providing support to individuals with exceptionalities in the public school system. The program is based on the guiding principle that all human service paraprofessionals need training that ensures the acquisition of knowledge, the competent use of required skills, and the value of caring and respecting individuals leading to the realization of individual potential and inclusion. The intention is to use this certificate program as both a professional development opportunity for current employees and as pre-employment training for individuals seeking employment with the Department of Education, Government of Yukon as an educational assistant or remedial tutor.

Instruction Format

This program will be available using Yukon College's Learning Management System (LMS). Online courses are not held in classrooms and there are no live classes. All course work, and communication with the instructor and other students, is done entirely online. Generally courses include online video lectures, PowerPoint presentations, films, lecture notes and supplementary materials. Students are engaged through on-line discussions.

Online courses require that students have access to a computer and the Internet. Students attending web-conferencing courses off-campus (from home, for example) will also need a computer and internet access but may need additional equipment (such as headset and microphone).

Students must be able to attend field placements in Yukon Public schools.

Admission Requirements

However, for future consideration to be eligible for admission to the Educational Assistant certificate program, a student must meet ONE of the following categories.

  • English 12 (min. 65%) and Math 10 (Applications, Principles, Foundations & Pre-Calculus); OR
  • ENGL 050 (min. B-) and Math 030 (min. B); OR
  • Mature Student Status with acceptable scores on the Yukon College Assessments or GED® test: OR
  • A conditional acceptance may be considered for those who have previous experience as an education assistant or remedial tutor, do not meet any of the above criteria, and are willing to complete ENGL 050 (min. B-) and MATH 030 (min. B) during the first year of the program.

The following documents must be received prior to acceptance into the program:

  • Yukon College Application for Admission form.
  • Official transcripts from high school and post-secondary institutions.
  • A currently approved criminal record check (obtained through your local RCMP).

Other Requirements

To succeed in the program students require a strong base in English, a foundational base in mathematics, good study habits and time management skills, and the ability to work independently and in small group settings. Comfort with participation by video conference and/or online delivery will be important for students attending through distance education from the communities.

Graduation requirements

In order to graduate with a certificate, a student must successfully complete the 30-credit program plus the non-credit element of the program. Electives must be chosen from the EACP list. Students are required to maintain a term grade point average of 2.0 as per the Yukon College Academic Regulations for certificate programs.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations. For details, please see


Please refer to BCCAT for information.


There are approximately 125 education assistants/remedial tutors employed in Yukon’s public schools. Training and education in this area is considered significant to future employment opportunities as educational assistants. The EACP will also be of interest to community education liaison coordinators (CELCs) employed by First Nations to support student success, and to directors of education. It will be of particular interest to those employed or volunteering as tutors (Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon, LDAY is one example of an agency currently providing this service).


The program is offered in two ways:

  • as a two-year full-time program
  • as a three-year part-time program

The next program intake is to be announced.

Contact the School of Health, Education and Human Services if you are interested in further opportunities.


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Tuition and Fees.

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