Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Diploma Program is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills, knowledge and learning dispositions to be provincially certified as early childhood educators with a specialty in the care and education of infants and toddlers. The curriculum is based on current best practices in early learning and care, reflecting the changing needs of children and families in the 21st century. The program is focussed on transforming students’ thinking about the education of young children - away from the provision of set content to the process of nurturing creative thinking, problem solving and relationships with and between children. The theory is brought to life through experiential and place based learning. The program draws on the strengths of individual learners as it provides a model for supporting the development of dispositions and practices which can in turn be supported in working with young children and their families. The program challenges learners to co create curriculum with children and to design learning environments which embrace the diversity of all children and families including local First Nations, Aboriginal and Inuit peoples.
Duration of Program
ECCE Diploma Program is 4 semesters and spans two academic years. It is designed to accommodate both full time and part time students. Students have a number of options for provincial certification. If successful, students can apply for an Early Childhood Education Assistant (ECEA) Certificate after taking one of the required courses in either Semester 1, 2 or 3. They can also apply for a Basic Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate after the successful completion of all courses in Semesters 1, 2 and 3. By completing Semester 4, students are eligible to apply for a Basic ECE Certificate as well as an Infant Toddler Educator (ITE) Certificate. (Under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, persons certified in BC as ECE or ITE can transfer their certification to practice to other provinces such as Alberta and Manitoba.)
|ECE 104-3||Health, Safety and Nutrition|
|ECE 125-3||Practicum I|
|ECE 141-3||Becoming a Researcher|
|ECE 162-3||Curriculum I|
|PSYC 101-3||Introduction to Psychology I|
|ECE 124-3||Interpersonal Communication OR|
|SSW 112-3||Interpersonal Communication|
|ECE 126-3||Practicum II|
|ECE 163-3||Curriculum II|
|ECE 167-3||Guiding Young Children|
|SOCI 206-3||The Family in Cross Cultural Perspective|
|ECE 209-3||Environments, Culture, and Critical Pedagogy|
|ECE 210-3||Curriculum III|
|ECE 211-3||Practicum III|
|ECE 220-3||Infant Toddler Programs|
|PSYC 201-3||Developmental Psychology I|
|ECE 168-3||Professional Development I|
|ECE 205||Advanced Child Development|
|ECE 208||Professional Development II|
|ECE 221||Infant/Toddler Environments|
|ECE 222||Infant Toddler Practicum|
Early childhood educators are in high demand in BC and the rest of Canada. BC’s 2025 Labour Market Outlook Report ranks early childhood educators in the top 15 careers with greatest job openings. ECCE graduates have the opportunity to find employment in a variety of settings: group daycares for children between birth and 12 years as well as in-home small group or family childcare. Graduates are employable in preschools, Aboriginal HeadStarts (on and off reserve), programs such as School Districts’ StrongStarts, Supported Child Development (Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal), Infant Development, Aboriginal Infant Development and Family Resource. Students will be able to utilize their ECE education to obtain employment as Education Assistants in northern BC Kindergartens and Grade 1. Municipal Parks and Recreation recruit those with ECEA and ECE/ITE certificates for their children’s programs as well as other community services such as Transition (Safe) homes, Children Who Witness Abuse programs, and respite care homes and services.
- ECCE CRC Instructions
- ECCE Northern Health Immunization Form
- ECCE Reference Form
- Ministry CRC June 2017
- High School Graduation or Mature Student
- English 12 or Equivalent
- Criminal Record Check as required under BC Child Care Regulation
- Two letters of reference confirming suitability for working with young children, written and dated within one year of the application.
- Up to date written submission of work history (Resume)
- Proof of compliance with BC's Immunization and TB Control
- Comprehensive type written statement (approx. 500-800 words) outlining work and/or volunteer experience with children age birth to six, career goals, and reasons for taking the ECCE program.
The prerequisites for individual courses are outlined in the course descriptions. Students missing prerequisites may enrol in Career & College Preparation (CCP) upgrading courses while completing the program.
English proficiency is required for all students entering NWCC programs. Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met. All admitted students will be required to take the CAT English Placement test. Those who do not receive a satisfactory score will be advised to take a modified course load and English upgrading.
Students looking for special or conditional acceptance into the ECCE diploma program must write a letter explaining why, including the time frame needed to meet the outstanding requirement(s). Submit the letter along with your application to the Admissions Officer. Conditional or special circumstance acceptances occur on a case-by-case basis.
Need help with the application process? Contact an Educational Advisor.
|FEES||Full-time Domestic (30 Credits)||Full-time International (30 Credits)|
|Student Union Fees:||$81.72||$81.72|
|Total Program Costs:
Tuition plus additional costs
Fees are effective as of August 2nd, 2017
*These fees are an annual cost. Program takes two years to complete.
**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.
Note: Travel to weekend workshops may be required.