Full time, Part time
UFV's School and Community Support Worker certificate prepares students to work as education assistants in schools or support workers in the community.
Students acquire the knowledge and skills required to support diverse students with a variety of learning needs under the direction of a classroom teacher. Education assistants promote and manage positive student behaviour, implement Individualized Education Plans, and assist with personal care.
Graduates are also prepared to assist adults and children with diverse needs in the community in vocational, residential, and recreational settings, as well as long-term care facilities. Community support workers emphasize quality of life, foster inclusion, and promote self-determination while assisting with life skill development and full participation in the community.
Students complete a 200-hour practicum in a school or community-based agency where they apply classroom learning to practice.
The 31-credit certificate can be completed in two semesters of full-time study or longer if taken part-time.
Certificate graduates earn transfer credits that may be applied to the Social Service Worker diploma. Consultation with an Academic Advisor is recommended.
The BC Labour Market Outlook estimates that from 2019-2029 there will be 5400 job openings for elementary and secondary school education assistants.
Community Living BC projects a 36.2 percent increase in caseloads over five years (2019-2024).
View the School and Community Support Worker certificate entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.
Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.
Make an appointment with a Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs.