Capilano University

Special Education Assistant (SEA)

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Program Information

School:Capilano University
Field of Study:Special Education and Teaching, General
Description:Special Education Assistants (SEAs) work under the direction of classroom teachers or resource teachers and give special attention to students with physical, learning or emotional needs by: implementing individualized or group instruction in communication skills, life skills, behaviour management techniques and adaptive physical education; assisting in the modification of curriculum, assignments and tests to accommodate students with special needs; attending to and providing personal assistance to students in toileting, positioning, mobility, feeding, grooming and dressing; and transferring and assisting students to and from wheelchairs, desks, special equipment and work areas; supporting all students in classroom environments.

This program prepares students for a variety of para-professional duties in school, and includes theoretical studies and practical applications for working with children and adolescents who need extra support. The Special Education Assistant (SEA), evening / weekend program prepares students to work in inclusive educational settings with children and adolescents, Kindergarten to Grade 12, who have diverse learning needs. SEA students are trained to support children with special needs so that these children can participate fully as members of a community of learners.
URL:Special Education Assistant (SEA) at Capilano University
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $3,270
National: $3,270
Enrolment #:25

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English  or  Grade12 Communications 

Required: BC Secondary School Graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent OR Mature Student status. Applicants who do not meet the above requirement must be at least 18 years of age and be able to demonstrate equivalent work experience. Successful completion (B-) English 12 or Communications 12 is recommended. Applicants who have not successfully completed Grade 12 English or Communications 12 equivalency are strongly advised to take an English Writing Course for upgrading prior to applying to the SEA program. Applicants are required to attend an information session and will be assessed on the basis of an interview with faculty, past academic experience and relevant experience working with children and adolescents. Submission of a covering letter (stating reasons for wishing to apply to this program), resume and three reference letters are required. A short SEA English Placement test will be administered during the interview session. Applicants may have the SEA English Placement Test waived if a copy of transcripts can be provided with recent successfully completed English 100 courses or EDT score from another post-secondary program (within last 18 months). Standard First Aid certificate, CPR certificate, TB test, current criminal records search.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on June 02, 2011