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Diploma of Educational Support – Fast Track Intensive
Diploma of Educational Support – Fast Track Intensive

Diploma of Educational Support – Fast Track Intensive

  • ID:SC010101
  • Level:2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
  • Duration:
  • Intake:
  • Type:Full-time

Fees (CAD)

  • Application Fee:$100.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$18,175.48
  • LivingFee/Year:$11,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$580.00
  • OtherFee/Year:$525.00
  • Application Fee:$100.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$18,175.48
  • LivingFee/Year:$11,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$580.00
  • OtherFee/Year:$525.00

* Health Science Pre-Admission Testing Charge, Identification Card

Estimated Total/program:
Accept letter

Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

Program Eligibility

  • Postsecondary diploma or degree.


  • Demonstrated competence through related work and/or educational experience.

Note: The Educational Support 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 will be selected on the basis of previous academic achievement and related courses, and/or demonstrated experience.

  • Postsecondary transcripts, indicating courses completed to date, must be submitted to at the time of application. 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 Educational Support Fast Track Intensive program prepares you to work in a school setting supporting students with special needs.

Fast-track your career

This program was designed specifically for those who have completed university or college programs. It is also open to those already working in the school system as Educational Assistants who wish to further their understanding of exceptionalities in Ontario classrooms and obtain an Ontario College Diploma.

Things you'll do and learn

  • Support students with special needs using modified curricula and materials created to accommodate their diverse strengths and developmental needs.

  • 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.

Field placements

In Semesters 1 and 2, 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 experience, you'll encounter students with a range of exceptionalities including physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, behavioural disorders, visual or hearing impairments and autism.

In this program, you'll also:

  • Use assistive technology and other educational resources to implement individualized educational goals.

  • Report information related to the learning environment.

  • Maintain a safe and professional environment that promotes the well being of the student with special needs.

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

You’ll learn from professors with specialized graduate degrees and who are highly experienced in the field of special education. Your Educational Support 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.

Mobile classroom

The Educational Support Fast Track Intensive 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 Fast Track Intensive 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.

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.

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 Semester 1

  • EDUC 25738, Educational and Assistive Technology, 4

  • EDUC 18081, Teaching and Learning Strategies, 3

  • FLPL 20102, Intensive Orientation, Seminar and Placement, 5

  • COMM 24049, Working with Teams, 3

  • PSYC 28823, Challenging Behaviours and Discipline, 4

  • EDUC 15586, Physical Exceptionalities and Personal Care, 3

  • TOTAL:, 22

Semester 2

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

  • EDUC 16859  , Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3

  • EDUC 20123, Foundations of Education, 3

  • EDUC 19599, Disability Issues, 3

  • EDUC 27370, Assessment in Education, 3

  • EDUC 26048, Communication Disorders, 3

  • FLPL 26367, Field Seminar and Placement 3, 4

  • TOTAL:, 23

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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

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