Educational Assistant Authorization

School boards employ educational assistants to work under the supervision of a certified teacher to help implement students’ individual education plans and/or behaviour management plans of students with special needs.

You must hold a valid Educational Assistant Authorization to be hired by a school board to work as an educational assistant (EA2) or as a substitute only educational assistant (EA1) in a PEI school. Authorizations are issued through the Certification and Standards Section of the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture. You must apply to the school board(s) where you wish to work once you have your authorization. 

What do I need to apply for a Regular Educational Assistant Authorization?

Please include the following with your completed application form:

  • proof of identity such as a copy of your birth certificate or passport;
  • proof of eligibility to work in Canada such as a copy of your SIN card or SIN confirmation letter;
  • proof of completion of high school or high school equivalency such as a diploma or transcript;
  • proof of completion of a two-year post-secondary training program in the education of persons with special needs such as an official transcript sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Registrar;
  • a description of the program and courses from the post-secondary institution where you completed your training program;
  • official transcripts from post-secondary institutions where you have completed additional course work if applicable; and
  • a $50 evaluation fee

Holders of a Regular Educational Assistant Authorization (EA2) are eligible to accept contract positions and need only apply one time for the authorization. If your application for Regular EA Authorization is denied, you can apply for a Substitute Only EA Authorization, which will permit you to accept day-to-day assignments.

What do I need to apply for a Substitute-Only Educational Assistant Authorization?

Please include the following with your completed application form (1.65 Mb):

  • proof of identity such as a copy of your birth certificate or passport;
  • proof of eligibility to work in Canada such as a copy of your social insurance card or SIN confirmation letter;
  • proof of completion of high school or high school equivalency such as a diploma or transcript; and
  • a $25 evaluation fee.

A Substitute Only Educational Assistant Authorization (EA1) is valid only for the school year in which it is issued. Substitute Only Educational Assistants must apply annually for authorization.

Is it necessary to translate my documents?

You must submit original documents in the language in which they were issued. If documents are written in a language other than English or French, you must submit an official translation by an accredited translator along with the original document.

Is there a language proficiency requirement to teach in PEI?

You must be able to communicate effectively in English or French to work in Prince Edward Island schools.  Results of a language proficiency test may be requested.

Is there a fee to process my credentials?

The fee is $50 to evaluate credentials for a Regular Educational Assistant Authorization. This is a one-time fee submitted with your application form.

There is a $25 fee to evaluate credentials for a Substitute Only Educational Assistant Authorization. This is an annual fee submitted each year that you apply for Substitute Only EA Authorization.

You can pay fees by cheque or money order, payable to the Minister of Finance, in cash at the Office of the Registrar, or by credit card over the phone, email or fax by using a payment form.  Fees are non-refundable unless you withdraw your application or processing is unnecessarily delayed.

How long will it take to process my application?

Applications are processed on a first in, first out basis. Please allow three (3) weeks from the date you submit all required documentation to the Office of the Registrar.

What is the status of my application?

You may e-mail registrar@gov.pe.ca to request an update on the status of your application.

Please include Application Status Update Request in the subject line and your full name and the nature of your application in the body.

Do I need to renew my Educational Assistant Authorization?

You do not need to renew your Regular EA Authorization. However, you do need to contact the school board each school year to indicate your eligibility to work.

You can renew your Substitute Only EA Authorization annually online. 

Who can I contact for more information?

Registrar
Education, Early Learning and Culture
Certification and Standards Section
Holman Centre
250 Water Street, Suite 101
Summerside, PE  C1N 1B6
Telephone: 902-438-4130
Fax: 902-438-4062
Email: registrar@edu.pe.ca

Published date: 
October 22, 2015
Education, Early Learning and Culture

General Inquiries

Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture
Holman Centre 
Suite 101, 250 Water Street
Summerside, PE   C1N 1B6

Phone: (902) 438-4130
Fax: (902) 438-4062

educationinquiries@edu.pe.ca