Educational Support - 747

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Make a difference as an Educational Assistant providing support to exceptional students experiencing physical, emotional or behavioural challenges.

Program Highlights

  • Graduates are in high demand in all area school boards and many are hired upon graduation.
  • Work in inclusive or specialized classrooms to maximize student learning.

What you'll learn

  • Understand the role of an educational assistant on a school team.
  • Develop skills to work with and support students with exceptionalities across a variety of settings  - elementary, high school and college.
  • Assist students with academics, behaviour, life skills and personal care in a school or alternative setting.
  • Utilize technology and implement strategies to maximize student learning and success, an IPad is required to use the many Education Apps available.

Program Length

2 academic years (4 semesters)

Fast Track - allows students to complete the two-year (4 semester), ES Diploma program in 16 months. Students will start in January and be in school for four continuous semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter. Students will be in class during the summer.

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Applied and have questions?
The admissions team is available to help, you can contact them via Admissions or by phone at 1-844-767-6871.


Haven’t applied and need help?
Contact us or phone 905-575-2460.

Program delivery

Learn more about virtual and remote learning and how programs will be delivered.



  • 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
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - you will require a mobile device that meets the specifications determined by the program (See Additional Information for more details)

    Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Options are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Tuition and Fees

2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $831.02 $712.05
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,185.06 $2,066.09
Total 1st Year Fees $4,251.15

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,095.00 $8,095.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $8,545.00 $8,470.00
Total 1st Year Fees $17,015.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • Transfer theory to practice in field placement experiences.
  • Three 20-day placements in elementary, secondary and special class environments in various school boards.
  • Test and apply course concepts using educational technology in our labs.

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
  • 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 Community Studies programs, please visit the Community Services Field Placements page.

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.

Career Opportunities


Your future career options

  • Educational Assistant
  • Learning Facilitator

Where you could work includes:

  • School Boards
  • Private Schools
  • Community Facilities offering Special Education
  • College and Postsecondary Programs

Opportunities for grads

  • Work within a unionized environment
  • Each union is unique with the Board of Education that it represents
  • Opportunities for a graduate to register with their local union when they become an Educational Assistant.


Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

    This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

    Pathways beyond Mohawk

    • Earn a degree:
      • Davenport University - Bachelor of Business Administration

    See ONTransfer for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

    Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

      Additional Information

      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 MyMohawk account with your MohawkID and password click on the Technology Solutions tab and navigate to the Computer Store.

      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

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

      Various iPads with Different Apps Showing

      For iPad questions, please email

      Contact us

      Domestic Canadian Students

      Contact Student Recruitment
      Haven’t applied yet and have questions?
      Contact our Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and more.

      Contact Admissions
      Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
      Contact Admissions
      Phone: 1-844-767-6871

      International Students

      Contact International Student Recruitment
      Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
      Contact International
      Phone: 1-905-575-2254
      Toll free phone numbers:
      For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
      North China: 10-800-714-2521
      South China: 10-800-140-2541
      Brazil: 0800-022-7408
      Philippines: 180011102544

      Contact International Admissions
      Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
      Contact International Admissions
      Phone: 1-905-575-2254

      *Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

      Accessible Learning Services

      Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

      Student Success Advisors

      Student Success Advisors

      • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

        Tracey Richardson

      Canadian Domestic Students

      Fennell Campus (FF)
      Sep 2021
      Jan 2022

      International Students


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