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Aboriginal Education Support Worker - Diploma (2019/20)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$7,386.04
Tuition: $6,471.01

Note: Year 1: $3545.88 and Year 2: $2925.13

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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:172.50
Bus Pass Fee:177.60
Lab Fee:75.93
Health and Dental Fee:459.00
Total Fees:$915.03

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

College of the Rockies (COTR) was the first post-secondary institution in BC to offer an Aboriginal Education Support Worker (AESW) diploma program. Today it is still the only BC institution that offers this program for local and on-line students in community and other areas of the province. The initial development of the COTR AESW was based upon the input from extensive consultations with Aboriginal communities, students, support workers and educators throughout the region.

The program is designed for individuals with interest in working with and supporting Aboriginal students in public, Aboriginal or private K-12 schools. Those already working as Aboriginal Support Workers can undergo a flexible assessment process at COTR that may credit their existing experience and/or credentials toward the diploma.

The AESW program includes 19 academic, cultural and applied courses. There are also two practicum experiences. The diploma was designed to prepare Aboriginal Education Support Workers with knowledge and skills to better support Aboriginal students, their families and school communities in a culturally appropriate and respectful manner.  

Admissions Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • BC Secondary school graduation or equivalent
  • 65% in ENGL 12 or equivalent
  • The above are the prerequisites to get into the program; however students must have the necessary prerequisites for each course within the program.

*Note: AESW students may upgrade the math prerequisite while beginning their studies. The English 12 prerequisite must be in place prior to registering in the program.

Non-Academic Requirements

  • Current immunization record and TB skin test
  • Criminal record check

Flexible Assessment (FA): Yes (Credit can be awarded for this program through FA)

Transfer Information

Many of our programs and courses will allow you to transfer to other colleges and universities in Canada. You can also apply to get transfer credits from past courses that will go towards completing your program here at College of the Rockies.

Learn how to transfer your courses to College of the Rockies

Transfer Opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies our courses transfer to a wide number of Canadian colleges and universities. If you are transferring to a BC college or university visit the BC Transfer website to see if our courses transfer to that institution.

Course Outline for: Aboriginal Education Support Worker - Diploma

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