Educational Support - 747

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Make a difference providing support to exceptional students dealing with physical, emotional or intellectual challenges while attending school

Already have a related degree or diploma? We are pleased to offer the Educational Support Intensive Diploma program. Visit Educational Support - Intensive Diploma to learn more.

Students in Mohawk's Educational Support program will develop knowledge and skills to work with and support exceptional children in their learning.

Fast Track - allows students to complete a two-year Diploma program (non co-op) in 16 months. Students will start in January and be in school for four continuous semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter. Students will not be off during the summer.

Program Highlights

  • Develop knowledge and skills to work with and support exceptional children and youth in their learning
  • Apply theory and skills in field placement experiences each semester and prepare for the real world
  • Assist students with everything from academics to social and personal skills in a school or alternative setting

Program Coordinator

Minimum requirements for admission to the Educational Support Diploma program

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent (70% guideline)
  • Attendance at program orientation is strongly recommended
  • Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment

Option are available for mature applicants.

Minimum iPad Requirements

iPads are required to be used in this program.

Educational Support iPad Program

An iPad purchase is required for this program. Access to an iPad and program related software allows students to work on accessibility and communication tools and educational applications. This reflects a trend in the industry and dovetails with Mohawk's emphasis on anytime/anywhere blended learning.

If you already own an Apple iPad which meets our minimum standard of running the required software, a new purchase will not be required.

We currently have a partnership agreement with Apple Canada and are pleased to provide you with access to Mohawk's Online Apple Store, where you will receive educational discounts. Please note that these specifications may be subject to change based on Apple's release of new hardware.

We have provided the minimum requirement information for your iPad at our online store.

To Access Mohawk's Custom Online Store:
Log into your MOCOmotion account with your user name and password click on the Resources tab and navigate down the left hand side to the Computer Store Channel.

Minimum iPad Specifications

The minimum configuration recommendation is the iPad second generation or newer, iPad Air, iPad Mini or iPad Mini with retina display - as shown in recommended systems. It includes the following specifications:

  • Wi-fi 16 GB Capacity

Approximate Cost - $319 (+ tax or above)

Mohawk College makes every effort to keep all our educational costs to a minimum, these costs are subject to change. Additional costs may apply.

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For iPad questions, please email karen.falls1 [at]

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1st.

Read more about Competitive Programs.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Career Opportunities

Industries of Employment:

  • School Boards
  • Private Schools
  • Community Facilities offering Special Education
  • College and post high school programs

Occupational Categories:

  • Educational Assistants
  • Learning Facilitators

Course Overview & Descriptions

For students starting January 2016. Click on the course title for a course description.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information

Field Placements

  • Field placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending field placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to field placements within or outside the Hamilton region
  • Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the criminal code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter field placement

Become an Agency

If you would like to become an Agency that takes students on placement from Mohawk College's Human Services programs, please visit the Human Services Placement page.

Fennell Campus
Jan 2017
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