Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions :

What are Admission Requirements?

  • 1. All applicants should be high school graduates OR 19 years or older at the start of the applicant’s program or course.
  • 2. Applicants who wish to qualify as domestic students must produce valid documentation confirming their legal status as Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • 3. Applicants who are classified as International students must meet the requirements for international students studying in Canada as laid down by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • 4. Applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language skills. The minimum level of English is IELTS 5 for the program or equivalent.
  • 5. Applicants are required to complete a criminal record search before beginning the practicum.
  • 6. Applicants are required to complete basic First Aid before beginning the practicum.
  • 7. To be successful in an online course, students need to be able to:
    ● Copy and paste
    ● Locate and upload a file
    ● Use a web browser and word processor
    ● Send and receive emails

What proof do you require to prove for proficiency in English?

  • All applicants to the College must demonstrate proficiency in English by providing proof of one of the following:
  •  International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: overall band of 6.5 or higher, with a minimum 5.0 in each band.
  •  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): iBT 88 or higher, with no sub-score less than 20.
  •  Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Score of 70 or higher with no sub-score less than 60
  •  Pearson Test of English (PTE): Score of 61 or higher
  •  Language Proficiency Index (LPI): Level 5 with an essay score of 30 or higher
  •  Coastal College of British Columbia Language Proficiency Assessment score of 35
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks-
    o  Listening-6
    o  Speaking-6
    o  Reading-6
    o  Writing-4
  •  English 12 with a C or equivalent
  •  Post-secondary English- 6 credits                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English Language skills to enroll in programming at Coastal College of British Columbia. Coastal College offers an in-house English Language Assessment. The cost of this assessment is $50

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Do I have to meet all the admission requirements?

Yes. Neither the institution nor the student can waive the requirements.

How do I register?

Go to the Registration page.. Complete an online registration and upload the documents required. There is a one-time non-refundable fee of $150. Before registering, carefully read the CCBC Student Handbook.

What do I do if I am having problems registering?

When registering, use a desktop or laptop. If you are still having problems with the online format, contact the college and you will be sent a paper copy that can be submitted by email with all required documentation.

Are the listed textbooks included in the price and provided or do we buy them elsewhere? If so, where?

As you may know, you can purchase or rent textbooks from a variety of sites and locations. Please see the attached course outline and textbook list for textbook titles and ISBN numbers. We encourage students to rent textbooks or buy second-hand textbooks from a vendor of their choice. Here is a list of sites some students have found useful.

Are you accredited?

Coastal College of British Columbia is a fully accredited, designated college.


How is the Education Assistant Program administered?

The Education Assistant Program is administered through Google Classroom. Please watch the Google Classroom Tutorial to familiarize yourself with this learning management system.
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Is the programming test based?

In the courses there are no examinations. The research is quite clear that exams do not provide long term retention or deep understanding of course content. In this program, the instructors use the formative assessment model. Many colleges and universities are moving away from the “test”. Many educators and experts believe that formative assessment is an integral part of effective teaching and learning. In contrast with most summative assessments (exams and tests), which are deliberately set apart from instruction, formative assessments are integrated into the learning process. For example, a formative-assessment technique could be as simple as an instructor posing a reflection question to a student and then using a rubric to provide feedback.

I have never taken any online course before. Is distance education right for me?

Don’t be afraid. Many students who never had any experience with online training have been successful with us. Do you have self-discipline, motivation, and basic computer skills? If you answered ‘Yes’ to these questions, you should be fine.

Can I be granted advanced credit for previously completed coursework?

A Prior Learning Assessment is completed on a case by case basis. The process is applied consistently to all students.

  1. The student submits all necessary documentation.
  2. The Senior Educational Administrator completes a thorough analysis to see if Advanced Credit should be granted.
  3. The student is notified of the result.
  4. The student has the option of accepting the advanced credit or taking the course.

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I have completed my ECEA course. What is the next step?

Once you complete the ECEA course, your graduation package will be mailed to you. You should complete the ECEA application form and mail it to the ECE Registry. You can find the form at
The following documents and information are included in your package:

  • 2 official transcripts in sealed envelopes
  • 2 unofficial transcripts
  • Certificate of Course Completion
  • Course Outline
  • Application to the director of the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Registry
  • Cover letter
    1. Start date/End date
    2. Student Number

Practicum :

Can we choose our practicum placement, or is it chosen for us?

Practicums are organized by Coastal College of British Columbia (CCBC). In consultation with the student, CCBC would tentatively schedule a practicum in a high school or elementary school in the students’ preferred area. The student may also make inquires. CCBC would negotiate placements through discussions with a host organization. If a host organization is not available in the student’s preferred area of residence, the student may be required to accept a practicum elsewhere. Through negotiations, the practicum is set out based on the learning outcomes. Care is taken to ensure that the practicum does not demand knowledge that the student does not yet possess. All coursework must be complete before the beginning of the practicum. As well, a criminal record search and a basic first aid course must be completed before the start of the practicum. Most school districts do not allow practicums in September or June. Our goal would be to have you start the practicum in other months. Not to worry, we would work with you to ensure all these pieces are in place.

How long is the practicum?

Education Assistant practicums are scheduled for 180 hours which is approximately six weeks. During the Practicum, students are expected to work five days a week for about six hours a day. There are no part time practicum.All practicums are unpaid.

Where can I do my practicum?

You can provide the college with your top three preferences of schools. These schools cannot be places where you have family or a history with the staff.

When will I find out about my practicum?

Most districts want the college to contact them up to 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the practicum. By the time they confirm the placement, it can be a few weeks prior to the tentative dates that you will be notified.

When are the practicums?

There are three intakes for practicum. Fall (Sept-Oct/Oct-Nov and Nov-Dec) Winter (Jan-February/February-March) Spring (April-May/May-Jun) Please make the necessary adjustments to be prepared for your 6-week full-time practicum (work, childcare, etc.)

What if the district I prefer is not accepting practicum placements?

The practicum coordinator does their best to place you in your preference, but it is based on the availability of the schools/admin/district. If the district cannot accommodate, you will be placed in an alternative district or independent school setting.

What do I need before I begin my practicum?

All students must complete a successful criminal record check and basic first aid course. Both must be complete prior to beginning your practicum.

How will I be prepared for the practicum?

The practicum coordinator will send you the EA Practicum Handbook and other resources and documents you will need prior to the start of your practicum.

What if I am already working as an EA at a school?

You can complete the work experience Prior Learning Assessment to gain advanced standing for the practicum portion of the course. Ensure you inform the college of this to complete the necessary documents and gain approval.
Important Notes:

  • September is a busy month for many schools and districts and as they are unavailable in the summer, most placements do not get confirmed until mid-September. Practicums usually begin in October. All schools and districts have different policies and procedures; therefore, it is important to be patient and understanding based on their needs regarding education assistant practicum placements.
  • Do not contact schools and districts on your own as most districts communicate with the program coordinators.

Click here to learn more about Prior Learning and Advanced Credit at CCBC.