Delta Teacher Assistant Certificate (DTAC) Program

Delta Teaching Assistant Certificate Program participants develop knowledge and skills necessary to work with K-12 students with special physical, behavioural, or learning needs.  The DTAC program prepares its participants to support students in learning assistance, resource room, English literacy, alternate, and mainstream settings.  The part-time program is offered over 10 months, through evening and Saturday classes and 6 weeks of full-time practicum experience.


Since DTAC’s inception in 2000, the program has regularly responded to feedback from employers, teachers, and graduates by incorporating practical, sought-after skills and up-to-date information into the curriculum.  DTAC coordinators and instructors are experienced educational professionals or specialists in relevant fields of health care, assistive technology, communication skills, and behavioural support.  Program content and demand for Education Assistants in Metro Vancouver are reviewed yearly and adjustments are reflected in the curriculum, practicums, and the student selection process.


Class size is limited.  Acceptance into the program is based on a selection process completed each Spring following the application deadline.  It is recommended that new applicants register for the Free Information Session each February.

DTAC Certificate Completion Requirements

To receive the Delta Teaching Assistant Certificate, a student will have attended the necessary courses and successfully completed assignments in the program, including:

  • Evening Core Courses =  191 hours
  • Saturday Core Workshops =  108 hours
  • Electives =  18 hours
  • First Aid =  8 hours
  • Practicum =  180 hours

Within the program, students complete these recognized certifications:  CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, POPARD Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Red Cross first aid.  Via Electives, students may optionally complete Foodsafe and High Five certificates.   Information on course details, schedules, and fees, and application forms:

Download Student Information Book

For specific information about upcoming DTAC Elective workshops and the free Information Session, visit:

https://cimsweb.deltasd.bc.ca/publicconnect/deevents.aspx .