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Educational Support (Two-Year Ontario College Diploma)

Ontario College Diploma

Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Durham College is pleased to offer the online Educational Support diploma program, which provides provincially recognized training via the Ontario Ministry of Education approved curriculum for the training of educational support staff. (Educational Assistants)

School-based placements will help you acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to work effectively as an educational support professional, primarily with children and youth with exceptionalities. When you graduate from this program, you can launch your career as a non-teaching team member who works with teachers and other professionals to help meet student needs.

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including Grade 12 English (C or U) (minimum 70%)
    Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading
    Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older) with Grade 12 English (C or U) (minimum 70%)

    To view alternatives to the above Grade 12 English requirement, please visit Durham College's English Proficiency Requirement webpage.

  • All applicants submitting prior academic history completed outside of Canada must provide confirmation of equivalence to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This can be coordinated through either of the following: OR
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills - Students who struggle with communications or whose first language is not English are encouraged to explore upgrading options.
  • Basic computer skills (e.g. word processing, data management, Internet) or completion of an introductory computer course before taking Computers in Education.
  • Clear Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening is required for Field Placement. Without this, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency and may be unable to complete the requirements of the program.
  • Note: Individual District Boards of Education have specific requirements before a candidate may begin their Orientation/Practicum. Please ensure you check with your Board of Education. (i.e. First Aid, CPR, TB test, Medical, etc.)
  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Admission

  • Only original or certified copies of academic records will be accepted. In order for transcripts to be considered official, they must bear an original seal/stamp and/or official signature from an appropriate signatory. We do not accept photocopies or photos as this will make them unofficial as the school seal will not show.
  • Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution via email or an official credit service such as MyCreds™ – a secure digital credential platform that allows you to access and share the documents from anywhere in the world and at any time.
  • You can learn more about MyCreds™, including privacy and security, at MyCreds™.ca
  • For more information on admissions click here.

Click to access the Program Admission Form

This form must be submitted and an Admission Acceptance Letter received prior to registering for any courses.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Field Placement

This program contains three field placement courses.

For details, including paperwork submission and deadlines, please visit the Field Placement Page, and for specific program-related field placement questions, please review the Educational Support Field Placement FAQs.

Over the course of the three practicums, students will gain experience in various classroom setting as noted below. (Students shall not seek placement in a classroom where they are also parents).

ES Practicum I - elementary school

ES Practicum II - high school

ES Practicum III - specialized classroom with students with exceptionalities (students are permitted to repeat a school site attended for placement level I or II)

"Completion of the Educational Support diploma program through Durham College will be an asset to you when submitting an application for employment with the Durham District School Board for a supply or permanent Educational Support position." Durham District School Board

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Provide educational support in compliance with pertinent education-related legislation, standards, regulations and policies, health and safety legislation and regulations, as well as organizational policies, practices and procedures.
  • Develop and implement strategies to promote and support positive school climates that contribute to a safe, caring and secure educational setting.
  • Collaborate with members of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team by assisting in the development and revision of the IEPs of learners with exceptionalities.
  • Implement components of educational support programs of instruction under the direction and support of the IEP team and/or relevant members of the school community.
  • Lead by example to promote empathetic, positive and pro-social behaviour in all learners to facilitate the development of social competence in learners with exceptionalities in accordance with their IEPs.
  • Promote the development of independence in, and provide assistance to, learners with exceptionalities in their performance of routine activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) in accordance with their IEPs.
  • Develop and implement strategies to support learners with exceptionalities in the appropriate use of assistive technologies and daily living aids in accordance with their IEPs.
  • Monitor, document and report on the behaviour, performance and progress of learners with exceptionalities in accordance with their IEPs.
  • Prepare and present a plan for engaging in ongoing personal and professional development to promote competence in the educational support field.

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Educational Assistants - School Boards
  • Private Schools
  • Community Facilities offering Special Education

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
EDUC 2084Adaptive Computer Technology in EducationOnline
EDUC 4080Autism Spectrum Disorder - Assisting Student Development for Educational SupportOnline
EDUC 2082Behaviour and Mental Health ExceptionalitiesOnline
LAW 2280Business LawOnline
LAW 2280Business LawMonthly Intake Online
EDUC 3084Classroom SkillsOnline
EDUC 3082Communication ExceptionalitiesOnline
EDUC 1084Communications for Educational SupportMonthly Intake Online
EDUC 1084Communications for Educational SupportOnline
PSYC 2580Development across the LifespanMonthly Intake Online
PSYC 2580Development across the LifespanOnline
EDUC 3081Educational Support Placement IOnline
EDUC 3083Educational Support Placement IIOnline
EDUC 4083Educational Support Placement IIIOnline
EDUC 2088Educational Support Placement PreparationOnline
EDUC 1081Foundations of EducationOnline
WRIT 1982Grammar for Writing ProfessionalsOnline
EDUC 2083Inclusion and DiversityOnline
EDUC 1088Learning Strategies For Educational SupportOnline
ENG 1384LiteratureOnline
CCA 1585Management Leadership SkillsOnline
EDUC 1082Math in an Educational SettingOnline
EDUC 2080Personal & Interpersonal DynamicsOnline
EDUC 4082Physical and Multiple ExceptionalitiesOnline
PFP 8215Politics and Public AdministrationOnline
EDUC 1080Safety in an Educational SettingOnline
PSYC 1051Selected Topics in PsychologyOnline
PSYC 1051Selected Topics in PsychologyMonthly Intake Online
SOCI 1051Sociology IntroductionMonthly Intake Online
SOCI 1051Sociology IntroductionOnline
HLTH 1387Stress, Wellness & NutritionOnline
HLTH 1387Stress, Wellness & NutritionMonthly Intake Online
EDUC 1083Technology in EducationOnline
EDUC 1185Total Communication ESOnline
EDUC 1180Transition PlanningOnline