Educational Assistant Apprenticeship

Program: EAAA
Credential: Apprentice Week Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: Apprentice Placement
Length: 852 hours
Effective: Fall 2024
Location: Owen Sound


An Educational Assistant supports educators in working with students, including those with exceptional education needs to implement education, safety and behaviour support plans. Develops intervention strategies to support successful student outcomes. Promotes a positive environment for learning and assisting with life and living skills development. An apprenticeship training program consists of on-the-job and in-school training. 

Educational Assistant is a trade regulated by the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. Qualified individuals may obtain a Certificate of Qualification, which confirms its holder has the skills, knowledge and experience that meet industry standards of practice for the trade.

In order to complete an apprenticeship training program in the trade, individuals must become members of the Ontario College of Trades (the College), and apprentices must remain active members for the duration of their apprenticeship.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. work with a team;
  2. assist in implementing the education plan;
  3. apply intervention strategies;
  4. create a climate for learning;
  5. assist with life and living skills development;
  6. support the student and the use of specialized equipment;
  7. demonstrate safe work practices and techniques;
  8. practice professionalism and ethics;
  9. reflective practice.

External Recognition

Upon completing an apprenticeship, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) will issue an individual a Certificate of Apprenticeship. Upon meeting the College’s registration requirements, the individual may apply to become certified and registered as a journeyperson in the trade.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for an apprenticeship, you must:

  • be a least 16 years of age
  • have legal permission to work in Canada (for example, have a valid social insurance number)
  • have a sponsor in Ontario

Additional Information

An apprenticeship involves practical training provided on-the-job by a skilled worker, or trainer. The skills or competencies to be developed are set out by the trade’s Apprenticeship Training Standard and are recognized by the industry as being essential to the practice of the trade.

As these essential skills are developed, the apprentice’s sponsor or trainer signs the relevant sections of the training standard to indicate that the apprentice has met the individual training objectives by demonstrating the skills required of a skilled worker, or journeyperson, in the trade.

To advance to Level 2 of the apprenticeship program, an individual must have completed all of the units outlined in Level 1.

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete both levels to receive a certificate.

  • Educational Assistant Apprentice Level 1 - Basic (EAAB)  
  • Educational Assistant Apprentice - Level 2 Advanced (EAAA) 

Graduation Eligibility

Students must successfully complete all required courses as noted below. Further details, if applicable, are noted under "Additional Information" above.

Program Tracking

Level 1 - Basic

Plan of Study Grid
Program CoursesHours
EAAB 1000 Working Safely - Std First Aid 21
EAAB 1001 Safe Care of Self and Others 18
EAAB 1002 Introductory Psychology 39
EAAB 1003 The Educational Milieu 21
EAAB 1004 Roles/Responsibilities/Teamwrk 6
EAAB 1005 How Children Develop and Learn 12
EAAB 1006 Positive Personal Dynamics 12
EAAB 1007 Pers/Interper Skills:Analy/Sol 9
EAAB 1008 Behaviour Management 18
EAAB 1009 Developmental Psychology 39
EAAB 1010 Computers in the Classroom 39
EAAB 1013 Orientation Practicum 1 99
EAAB 1014 Orientation Practicum 2 99
 Total Hours432

Level 2 - Advanced

Plan of Study Grid
Program CoursesHours
EAAA 1000 Classroom Skills-Language Arts 18
EAAA 1001 Classroom Skills-Math / Other 12
EAAA 1002 Class Skill-Concr Material/Tec 9
EAAA 1003 Exceptionalities 1 - Intro 15
EAAA 1004 Exceptionalities 1 - Behaviour 24
EAAA 1005 Exceptionalities 2 -Communicat 39
EAAA 1006 Exceptionalities 3 - Intellect 9
EAAA 1007 Exceptionalities 3 - Physical 21
EAAA 1008 Exceptionalities 3 - Multiple 9
EAAA 1011 Educational Assist Role: Pract 264
 Total Hours420

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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