A variety of learning experiences

Early Childhood Care and Education – Certificate

Program Details

Length: 9 months

Total Credits: 55.5

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Castlegar

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Credential Received

Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education


Program Summary

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) students will study many facets of early learning and child development, focusing on the needs of children from birth through school age and their families.

ECCE students learn how to develop programs and create environments that are child-centred, nurturing and rich with potential for early development.

Take this program if you are:

  • Comfortable working with young children
  • Patient and flexible
  • Creative and energetic
  • Caring
  • Empathetic

You will learn how to create programs and environments that are child-centered, nurturing and rich for supporting child development. Our program incorporates a variety of teaching and learning strategies including: case study and theoretical analysis, cooperative and experiential learning, and practical application of knowledge and skills in practicum settings.

You will experience small class sizes and instructors who are committed to excellence in education and professional practice.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate professionalism in practice consistent with the code of ethics and standards of practice of their respective disciplines.
  • use effective interpersonal skills including active listening, collaboration, self-awareness and conflict resolution within multi-faceted roles and contexts.
  • understand and respect cultural differences and multiple ways of knowing.
  • practice from an ethic of inclusivity.
  • establish and maintain wellness strategies to assure work/life balance both personally and professionally.
  • engage in critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

Official transcripts from high school or post-secondary institutions (mailed directly from the Ministry of Education and educational institutions) showing the following:

  • Grade 12 or its equivalent (consideration will be given to mature students)
  • English Studies 12 or equivalent with a minimum of 60% or higher

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of a negative tuberculosis test or of a clear chest x-ray that is less than 6 months old for those who have been requested to have this from our community partners;
  • A current criminal record check from the Ministry of Justice must be completed within 90 days of program start date. Some types of criminal records may limit or prohibit acceptance in field placement; acceptance into field placement is a requirement for program promotion.
  • Current résumé; and
  • Personal statement of interest (250 words).

Information on these requirements can be found in the application package.

An orientation session is required and will be arranged by the program designate.

Students applying to the diploma program immediately following completion of a Human Services certificate program, may request that the contents of their file be transferred.

Other Information

  • N.B. A scheduled orientation and interview session with Early Childhood Care and Education instructors will be held to discuss the nature of the ECCE program and requirements for practicum placements.
  • Students may apply for an ECE Assistant Certificate after successful completion of 1st semester Child Health & Safety Course (ECCE 186)
  • The Early Childhood Care and Education certificate program is the prerequisite for post-basic training programs
  • In addition to usual expenses for fees and books, students have added expenses for regular travel to area early childhood centres. Individuals enrolling in the program are advised that access to a reliable vehicle is necessary as travel to centres is the responsibility of the student.

Program Courses

After successful completion of the year one program courses you may ladder into one of the Diploma programs.

Term 1

Required courses

ENGL 110English Composition


ECCE 168Clinical Practicum I


ECCE 178Foundations of Professional Practice I


ECCE 186Child Health and Safety


ECCE 188Responsive Child-Centered Environments


HSER 174Interpersonal Communications


PSYC 100Introductory Psychology I


Term 2

Required courses

ECCE 169Clinical Practicum II


ECCE 179Foundations of Professional Practice II


ECCE 189Responsive Child-Centered Environments II


ECCE 193Child Centered Partnerships I


ECCE 195Practicum I


FAM 180Family Dynamics


PSYC 240Child Development


Term 3

Required courses

ECCE 293Child-Centered Partnerships II


ECCE 294Practicum II