A career that makes a difference
What do special educators do?
Everyday in Québec, Special Education Technicians are facilitating learning and/or development for people with a disability, disorder, or behavior problem. The Special Education AEC and Special Care Counselling DEC programs offered at TAV College train students to become qualified Specialized Educators or Special Education Technicians. The goal of a Special Education Technician is to identify and assess the needs of an individual with a disability or impairment, followed by providing an appropriate and dynamic intervention plan in order to assist clients and support their needs.
Will I find a good job after this program?
Yes. In addition to our job offer board, which connects students with employers looking for employees, in their final semester, students within our Special Education programs must complete an internship and apply practical skills in various locations, including the CIUSSS, the CSSDM, and more. The internship generally leads to job placement and a smooth transition into the workforce.
Is this a safe career choice?
The Government of Canada assures that Job opportunities for Instructors of persons with disabilities (NOC 4215) are good in Québec over the next 3 years.
Beginning in Fall 2022, students in the Special Care Counselling DEC program will be eligible to apply for the Québec Perspective Scholarship Program . This incentive scholarship will provide students in eligible programs with $1,500 for each full-time session successfully completed and up to $9,000 in total. More details will be available on the Quebec government website .
Program and Course Options
Why do we need Special Educators?
Many individuals have different needs, abilities, and disabilities. The objective of a Special Educator is to assess and determine an individual’s specific needs in order to provide them with the proper tools for success. Special Educators make a true difference in the lives of their clientele.
Frequently asked questions
Who is ideal for this career?
A Special Education Technician is ideally an individual who is a natural listener and helper. Special Education Technicians assist people who are experiencing adjustment difficulties. With that said, the ideal Technician is attentive to the sensitive nature of the work environment and is patient with the clientele. With that said, whether you are a newly-graduated high school student, an adult who is seeking a career change or wishes to go back to school, or an international student who is looking for a fulfilling career in Canada, this program is for you.
How much do Special Educators make?
The answer to this question largely depends on which organization the employee chooses to work with. However, according to data provided by the Government of Quebec, the average salary range for Special Education Technicians, or related titles, in Quebec is between $26.75 per hour or approximately $52,163 per year, and $32.28 per hour, or $62,946 per year.
In addition, Special Education Technicians, or related titles, may earn a higher salary by gaining years of experience or by being promoted to a management position.
What kind of jobs can I get with this certificate?
According to the Government of Canada’s Trend Analysis, the successful completion of an AEC or DEC in Special Education qualifies the graduate for any of the following jobs:
- Instructor of persons with a mobility impairment
- Instructor of persons who are hard of hearing
- Instructor of persons with a learning disability
- Lip-reading instructor
- Orientation and mobility instructor
- Instructor of persons with a mobility impairment
- Instructor of persons with a visual impairment
- Instructor of persons with special needs
- Teacher for persons with intellectual disabilities
- Instructor of persons who are deaf
sign language instructor
What is the difference between the AEC and DEC?
The main differences between obtaining an AEC and a DEC in Special Education in Quebec are the following:
- Takes 24 months to complete.
- Students are only required to complete program-specific courses.
- There is no Ministerial Exit Exam.
- Graduates do not obtain the credits needed to advance to university.
- Takes 36 months to complete.
- Students are required to complete a general education component of their studies in addition to program-specific courses.
- Students must pass the Ministerial Exit Exam in order to graduate.
- Graduates may advance to university.
What kind of university programs can I follow after the dec in special care counselling?
Although a graduate of our DEC in Special Care Counselling is qualified to begin working, they may decide to pursue higher education at the university level. A graduate of this program may be interested in any of the following university programs:
- Kindergarten and Elementary Education
- Educational Psychology
- Behavioural Science
- Child studies
- Human Environment
What makes TAV's programs unique?
Our Special Education programs have received recognition due to our team of highly experienced and highly qualified teachers and administrators. To this end, we offer:
- Day or evening courses.
- Personalized academic advising and attention to the individual.
- A campus that is a 5-minute walk from Metro Plamondon.
- Instructors who are actively engaged in the industry and offer practical skills.
- A college with a strong reputation and a college that receives numerous job offers each month, which are forwarded to our students.
Does TAV offer evening courses?
Yes. Day or evening courses are available to students in this program. Each student builds their schedule with our Academic Advisor.
Does TAV offer this program online?
No. This program has competencies and course objectives that must be completed through in-person learning and interaction.
Is this program offered in french?
Yes. This program is offered in French or English.
What are the tuition fees at Tav?
- Application fee: $30.00
- Registration fee: $60.00 per semester
QUEBEC RESIDENT TUITION FEE*
- Full-time students: $670.00 (CAD) per semester.
- Part-time students: $1,000.00 (CAD) per course.
NON-QUEBEC RESIDENT TUITION FEES*
- Full-time students: $670.00 (CAD) per semester.
+ additional fees of $1,621.00 (CAD) per semester.
- Part-time students: $1,000.00 (CAD) per semester.
+ additional fees of $7,67 (CAD) per hour of instruction, per semester.
Please contact our office for international student fees.
*Please note that certain prices may be modified by the Quebec Ministry of Education.
DEC - Special Care Counselling (351.A0)
ADMISSION TO A DEC PROGRAM
In order to be admitted into a program that leads to the attainment of a Diploma of College Studies (Diplôme d’études collégiales or DEC in French), the applicant must meet one of the five following requirements:
*Note that these requirements are set by the Quebec Ministry of Education and are common to all colleges across the province.
1. A HOLDER OF A SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA (DES)
A holder of a Secondary School Diploma (SSD) who satisfies the special conditions, if any, established by the Minister for admission may be admitted to a program of studies leading to a Diploma of College Studies.
2. A HOLDER OF A SECONDARY VOCATIONAL DIPLOMA OR HAS OBTAINED CREDIT
2.1. A holder of a Secondary School Vocational Diploma (SSVD) who satisfies the special conditions, if any, established by the Minister for admission or has obtained the number of credits allotted by the Basic school regulation for preschool, elementary and secondary education (chapter I-13.3, r. 8) or by the Basic adult general education regulation (chapter I-13.3, r. 9) for the following subjects may be admitted to a program of studies leading to a Diploma of College Studies:
(1) Secondary V Language of Instruction;
(2) Secondary V Second Language; and
(3) Secondary IV Mathematics.
A holder of a Secondary School Vocational Diploma who satisfies the conditions of admission established by the Minister may also be admitted to a program of technical studies leading to the Diploma of College Studies. The conditions of admission are established for each program of studies to ensure continuity of training and are based on the vocational training received at the secondary level.
3. EQUIVALENCY ACCEPTANCE
Despite sections 1 and 2, a college may admit a person to a program of studies leading to a Diploma of College Studies if the person has received instruction the college considers equivalent.
4. EXPERIENCE EQUIVALENCY + INTERRUPTED STUDIES
A college may also admit to such a program of studies a person who has instruction and experience the college considers sufficient and who has interrupted full-time studies for a cumulative period of at least 24 months.
5. COMMITMENT AGREEMENT
A college may conditionally admit to a program of studies leading to a Diploma of College Studies a person who, not having obtained all the credits required by the Basic school regulation for preschool, elementary and secondary education (chapter I-13.3, r. 8) or by the Basic adult general education regulation (chapter I-13.3, r. 9) to obtain a Secondary School Diploma, commits to obtaining the missing credits in the first term.
- The foregoing also applies to a holder of a Secondary School Vocational Diploma who has not obtained all the credits for the subjects mentioned in subparagraphs 1 to 3 of the first paragraph of section 2.1.
- Despite the foregoing, a person who must obtain more than 6 missing credits or who has previously failed to fulfil his or her commitments after being conditionally admitted may not be conditionally admitted.
AEC - Special Education (JNC.1N)
ADMISSION TO AEC PROGRAMS
In order to be admitted to an Attestation of Collegial Studies (Attestation d’études collégiales or AEC in French) program, the applicant must have obtained a high school diploma OR can demonstrate that they have the ability to undertake college studies
the applicant must also meet one of the following conditions:
1. INTERRUPTED STUDIES
The applicant has interrupted their studies for at least two consecutive terms or one school year.
The applicant is covered by an agreement between the College and an employer, or by the College and a government program.
3. POST-SECONDARY STUDIES
The applicant has completed at least one year of post-secondary studies spread over one year or more.
AEC - Inclusive Intervention in Early Childhood Care (JNC.1T)
This program is geared towards the adult sector who meet the following conditions:
- The candidate has a high school diploma (DES) or professional experience deemed sufficient by the College
AND meets one of the following three conditions:
- Has interrupted studies for at least two consecutive semesters or one school year; OR
- Has completed at least one year of post-secondary education over a period of one year or more; OR
- Is subject to an agreement between the College and an employer or the College and a government program.
*Applicants must also be a Canadian citizen, a landed immigrant, or any other individual with a recognized immigrant status who is entitled to study in Quebec.
International student admissions
Please visit our International Students web page for full details.
How to apply
Applying for admission
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Information for international students
This program is eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
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