Educational Support

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MiramichiSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Educational support workers are dedicated to ensuring that every child reaches their full potential. We work as part of a learning team to help students overcome academic, physical, or behavioural challenges they may face. Few other careers offer the kind of fulfillment that working with children in their formative years can provide. If you’re caring, patient and creative, consider a career that’s all about ensuring no learner is left behind.

In our two-year Educational Support program, you’ll learn to work with students with diverse learning needs. Through a combination of experiential and applied learning, you’ll gain the skills needed to plan, organize, and lead activities to help children develop intellectually, physically, and emotionally. We’ll teach you how to manage behaviour and plan and modify educational programming to suit students with exceptional needs. Giving a child a great start in life is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Enroll today in the Educational Support program and pursue a career where you can nurture a child’s progress every day.


Two years

Admission Requirements

    Profile A

  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates enter the working world prepared for a variety of educational settings including public and private kindergarten, elementary and secondary schools, before and after school care, and recreation and community centres. The career is also flexible, providing full and part-time opportunities to suit your lifestyle.

    Some graduates add specialized skills to their education, such as sign language or braille, to assist students with specific types of needs. Others who start as education assistants, choose to further their education to become licensed teachers.

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    Specific Considerations

    Prior to or during an applied workplace experience, Host Agencies may require students to:

    Criminal Record, Vulnerable Sector checks and Social Development Record Check
    Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned or have a positive contravention on a Social Development Screening, may be prohibited from proceeding to a field- placement. It may be the student’s responsibility, with Instructor support, to locate a suitable field placement willing to accommodate the contravention(s).

    Specific Immunizations
    Depending on agency, students may be required to provide an Immunization Record

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • The Role of Educational Support
    • Growth and Development to Age 21
    • Inclusion in Canada
    • Categories and Types of Exceptionalities
    • Supporting Children with Exceptionalities
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Mental Health
    • Guiding Children Positively
    • Behavioural Support
    • Adaptive and Assistive Technologies
    • Working As Part of a Multidisciplinary Team
    • Personal Wellness

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course focuses on acquiring the critical thinking, planning, writing, researching, and documenting skills necessary to produce quality academic papers. Emphasis will be placed on planning, organizing, revising and editing written works such as five-paragraph essays and short research papers.

    This course is designed to introduce group interpersonal skills required in professional practice. Foundational skills will be developed in leadership styles, communication, group roles, group cohesion, relationship building, and trust. 

    This course is designed to explore the topics, issues and information related to self-care practices.  Emphasis will be placed upon examining the dimensions of wellness and how these dimensions impact the lives of the frontline worker.

    This course introduces the historical development of inclusive education in Canada. Emphasis is placed on using educational legislation and ethical guidelines to direct the practice of educational support. Learners explore the supporting roles and responsibilities of the multi-disciplinary team in the educational environment.

    This course provides a comprehensive overview of a variety of exceptionalities. It explores characteristics and patterns of strengths and needs common to a group of diverse individuals in an educational environment.

    This course is designed to explore individualized, evidence-based guidance techniques and strategies. Emphasis is placed on using positive approaches to behaviour to empower students in the educational environment.

    This course introduces learners to effective observation and document use in the collaborative educational environment. It provides an overview of the reasons for student assessments and evaluations as well as focuses on the educational support worker’s role in observation, record keeping, and reporting.

    This course provides an overview of the important elements necessary to accommodate all students within an inclusive educational environment. To support a framework for successful classroom achievement, learners assess the classroom environment, recognize the strengths and needs of all students, and comprehend differentiated instruction.

    This course allows learners the opportunity to provide supervised educational support to elementary school level students. Emphasis is placed on the application of theoretical knowledge and skills in an educational setting.

    This course allows learners the opportunity to provide supervised educational support to middle school level students. Emphasis is placed on the application of theoretical knowledge and skills in an educational setting.

    This course allows learners the opportunity to provide supervised educational support to high school level students. Emphasis is placed on the application of educational support theoretical knowledge and skills in a school or educational community setting.

    This course explores individualized, evidence-based, and multidisciplinary approaches to guide students with exceptionalities. Emphasis is placed on using support strategies and inclusive practices to help students achieve success.


    • EDUE1162B

    This course examines the role of the Educational Support worker in implementing behaviour interventions appropriate to the educational environment. It gives learners a strength-based approach to behaviour through evidence-based techniques and strategies. Emphasis is placed on interpreting the functions of behaviour to support students’ overall success.


    • EDUE1163B

    This course provides learners the skills and knowledge required to support the physical and medical needs of students in an educational environment.

    This course focuses on exploring the provincial curriculum and effective academic strategies for students. Emphasis is placed on supporting teachers and students with learning outcomes in the educational environment.

    This course is designed to provide learners with a strength-based, developmental approach to support students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Learners explore evidence-based practices to increase students’ self-regulation, learning, autonomy, and independence.


    • EDUE1162B

    This course introduces learners to the essentials of student-centered transition planning. Emphasis is placed on practical tools for supporting bridging goals in a student’s individualized plan. Learners explore a variety of community resources to assist with transition planning.

    This course explores various adaptive and assistive technologies used to support students with physical, cognitive, and communication exceptionalities to promote independence and functionality.


    • EDUE1170B

    Learners impacted by inequities are particularly vulnerable to stressors and learning challenges. This course explores the impact of inequities on students and prepares educational staff to apply strategies to work in an equitable and trauma-informed way that is responsive to cultural and personal diversity.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    This workshop introduces students to the process of finding employment. It explores the various strategies and resources available, and examines the role of social media.

    This course is designed to provide information on mental health and wellness.  Emphasis will be placed on abnormal psychology including terminology, diagnostic features, assessment, and treatment of the major psychological disorders.

    This course provides an overview of child development theories, milestones, and factors influencing development from conception through adolescence. Emphasis is placed on typical developmental sequences in physical, cognitive, and socioemotional domains.

    The purpose of this course is to examine the underlying concepts and principles that influence the ways people behave and communicate with each other. With an increased awareness of these factors that affect interpersonal relationships, the student will critically assess how these concepts can be applied in practice both personally and professionally.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    Students are introduced to the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of the field of sociology. They explore such topics as sociological imagination, research, culture, and socialization.

    NOC Codes

    43100 - Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants

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