Sheridan College - Trafalgar Road Campus Background Image
Image of Sheridan College - Trafalgar Road Campus
Social Sciences and Communication
Diploma of Educational Support
Diploma of Educational Support

Diploma of Educational Support

  • ID:SC010100
  • Level:2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
  • Duration:
  • Intake:

Fees (CAD)

* Health Science Pre-Admission Testing Charge, Identification Card

Estimated Total/program:
Accept letter

Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12


Mature student status.

Note: The Educational Assistant student must have the energy and stamina to respond to the physical demands associated with the role of the assistant.

English requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 80 (20L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 550 Paper-based

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition**, 80 (20L,W,S,R)

  • iTEP Academic**, 3.7

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module, 6 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 5.5

  • PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic), 58 - Overall Minimum Score  (49L,W,S,R)

  • FCE (Cambridge English First), 174 - Cambridge English Scale or FCE B

  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), 180 - Cambridge English Scale or CAE C

  • CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency), 200 - Cambridge English Scale or CPE C

  • Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes), 70%

  • Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment), 4.0 – Listening Band 4.0 – Reading Combined Band CLB 7 – Writing  

Other requirements:

  • Applicant Selection

  • Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses.)

  • Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

  • Criminal Record Check and Immunization Requirements

  • Sheridan field placement agencies may require a police record check for criminal offences, a vulnerable sector check and/or a current acceptable record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement and at their own expense. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities.

Course Information

Sheridan’s two-year Educational Support diploma program prepares you to work in a school setting supporting students with special needs.

Outstanding career preparation

This program will equip you with the skills you need to support students with a range of special needs. You'll use modified curricula and materials, including assistive technology, to accommodate their diverse strengths and developmental needs, and you'll learn to maintain a safe and professional environment that promotes students' well being.

Things you'll do and learn

  • Respond to and assist with personal care needs of students in educational settings from kindergarten through high school.

  • Work as part of the educational team with specialists and family members.

  • Report information related to the learning environment.

  • Support inclusion of the student to aid his or her social development and sense of belonging.

Field placements

In Terms 2, 3 and 4, you'll be placed in a school where you'll support students with special needs in the classroom. Sheridan arranges the field placement experience for you. During your placement, you'll encounter students with a range of exceptionalities including physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, behaviour disorders, visual and hearing impairments, autism and learning disabilities.

Additional information

You'll learn from professors with specialized graduate degrees and who are highly experienced in the field of special education. Your classroom activities will include:

  • Group seminars and cooperative learning.

  • Reflective practice linked to field placement experiences.

  • Lectures combined with activity-based learning that incorporates the laptop.

In addition to full-time studies, the option of part-time evening classes accommodates the needs of adults who work during the day.

The Educational Support program uses laptop computers for in-class work and home assignments. All course materials are web-supported, with materials available to you 24/7 through your laptop and the Internet. Your learning opportunities will be greatly enhanced by having increased access to the Internet, learning resources and your classmates.

Flexible learning

The Educational Support program offers course-based registration, which allows you to create your own timetable (based on course availability) by selecting the days/times that work best for you. You can choose to take a full-time course load or study part-time during the day or evening.

Please note that the courses offered in the part-time option are identical to those in the full-time option, and the graduation requirements are the same. However, it will take you longer to complete the diploma on a part-time basis and there may be financial implications to consider. If you are unsure of the financial or academic consequences of attending part-time, you should contact the Program Academic Advisor, the Office of the Registrar or the Student Advisement Centre for more information.

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide educational support in compliance with pertinent education-related legislation, standards, regulations and policies, health and safety legislation and regulations, as well as organizational policies, practices and procedures.

  • Develop and implement strategies to promote and support positive school climates that contribute to a safe, caring and secure educational setting.

  • Collaborate with members of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team by assisting in the development and revision of the IEPs of learners with exceptionalities.

  • Implement components of educational support programs of instruction under the direction and support of the IEP team and/or relevant members of the school community.

  • Lead by example to promote empathetic, positive, and pro-social behaviour in all learners to facilitate the development of social competence in learners with exceptionalities in accordance with their IEPs.

  • Promote the development of independence in, and provide assistance to, learners with exceptionalities in their performance of routine activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) in accordance with their IEPs.

  • Develop and implement strategies to support learners with exceptionalities in the appropriate use of assistive technologies and daily living aids in accordance with their IEPs.

  • Monitor, document and report on the behaviour, performance and progress of learners with exceptionalities in accordance with their IEPs.

  • Prepare and present a plan for engaging in ongoing personal and professional development to promote competence in the educational support field.

More info: Click here 

Semester 1

  • EDUC 14998, Technology in Education, 3

  • EDUC 15586, Physical Exceptionalities and Personal Care, 3

  • COMM 19999, Essential Communication Skills, 3

  • FLPL 14310, Orientation to Field, 1

  • EDUC 16859, Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3

  • COMM 24049, Working with Teams, 3

  • TOTAL:, 16

Semester 2

  • EDUC 15436, Intellectual, Sensory and Learning Disabilities, 4

  • EDUC 27370, Assessment in Education, 3

  • EDUC 10261, Positive Behaviour Strategies, 3

  • FLPL 20199, Field Seminar 1 and Placement 1 , 3

  • CCGE, General Education Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 16

Semester 3

  • EDUC 28263, Assistive Technology, 3

  • EDUC 18081, Teaching and Learning Strategies, 3

  • PSYC 16048, Strategies for Challenging Behaviour, 3

  • FLPL 20261, Field Seminar 2 and Placement 2, 4

  • PSYC 15065G, Psychology Core Concepts, 3

  • TOTAL:, 16

Semester 4

  • EDUC 19599, Disability Issues, 3

  • EDUC 20123, Foundations of Education, 3

  • EDUC 26048, Communication: Disorders, 3

  • FLPL 26367, Field Seminar 3 and Placement 3, 4

  • CCGE, General Education Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 16

See moreSee less

Pre Courses

No Course!
See moreSee less

Pathway Courses


No Course!
See moreSee less

Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

When you complete your Educational Support diploma program, you'll be ready to seek employment in a public or private school supporting learners with special needs, or in a social-or health-based program with a special education component.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Health and Dental Plan - International: 580CAD/ per year

Same Courses

Close search