Ontario College Diploma
Durham 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.
School-based placements will help you acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to work effectively as educational support, 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.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including Grade 12 English (C or U) (minimum 70%) OR
- Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading OR
- Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older) with Grade 12 English (C or U) (minimum 70%)
- 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: www.icascanada.ca OR www.wes.org/ca
- 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 Form Students are required to complete and submit this form to indicate that the program's admission requirements have been met. This form must be submitted prior to registering for your first course.
Current 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.
Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Continuing Education office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:
- Respond to/and assist with personal care needs of learners in consultation with the educational team, specialists, and family members
- Maintain a safe and professional environment that promotes the interests, protection, and well-being of learners and members of the educational team
- Assist the student in attaining essential life and job related skills, work related vocabulary, money concepts, personal hygiene, appropriate social skills
- Implement, under the direction of or with support from school personnel, individualized educational plans to assist and accommodate the varied strengths and developmental needs of learners
- Adapt to the learning environments that support and accommodate the varied strengths and the developmental needs of all learners
- Act in a manner consistent with the professional requirements related to all aspects of their work
- Promote and model positive and pro-social behaviour in all aspects of their role with the learners, peers, supervisors, members of the educational team, and where requested, members of the learners’ family and/or guardians
- Assist learners and team members to use assistive devices and/or technology and other educational resources as recommended or prescribed to support learning
- Observe, track/record, and report information related to the learner and the learning environment as identified by school personnel
Potential career and industry options may include:
- Educational Assistants School Boards
- Private Schools
- Community Facilities offering Special Education
Field Placement Please visit the Field Placement Page for information, deadlines and instructions for applying for this program's field placement requirement.
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
"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 Related Questions? Call 905.721.2000, ext. 2084
If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Continuing Education OSAP Eligibility webpage.