ECE Dual Credit Program

Ridge Meadows College is excited to participate in the Early Childhood Education Dual-Credit program with School District 42 (Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows).  Students participating in the program can earn 8 high school credits and 5 post-secondary credits at the same time.

Courses in the program are (students must take both):

  • ECED 1120: Health, Safety and Nutrition (45 instructional hours)
  • ECED 1230: Music & Movement (36 instructional hours)

Courses take place at Ridge Meadows College (20575 Thorne Ave, Maple Ridge) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm, starting in January 2025 until May, 2025.

Students who complete the program can obtain their ECE Assistant Certificate and begin work in the field!

Information session for parents and students will be scheduled soon at Ridge Meadows College (20575 Thorne Ave) – Room 1028. Please email Karen LeSage, ECE Program Chair to register or for additional information (karen_lesage@sd42.ca).

Admission Requirements:

  • Be registered to attend an SD42 school for 2024/2025 school year
  • Be 18 or younger on June 30, 2024
  • Has not graduated from high school before starting the program (Jan 2025)
  • Intention to graduate secondary school
  • Have completed before the start of the program (in-progress may be considered):
    • Grade 11
    • English 11
  • Recommended:
    • C+ or higher in English 10 and math 10

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of Application form
  • 2 Letters of Reference
  • Statement of Interest (1 page)
  • Criminal Record Check with the working with vulnerable sector section check off (will need ID-SIN, BCiD, DL)
  • Immunization Declaration
  • Medical Declaration
  • Successful Interview with Program Chair

ECED 1120: Health, Safety and Nutrition
Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00pm (Jan 14-Mar 11 followed by spring break then Apr 1-May 6)

ECED 1230: Music & Movement
Thursdays from 6:00-9:00pm (Jan 16-Mar 13 followed by spring break then April 3-17)

ECED 1120: Health, Safety & Nutrition – This course will introduce the student to best practice in the areas of health, safety, and nutrition, and will examine these areas within the context of early childhood settings that provide care for children (birth to school aged). Students will explore the regulations and practices that protect the health and safety of young children, and will determine methods of exploring the topics with children in developmentally appropriate ways. Students will also be examining methods of working in partnership with parents to protect the health and safety of their children.

This course can be used to satisfy the ECE Registry’s ECE-Assistant certification criteria.

ECED 1230: Music & Movement – Since music is often a natural accompaniment to activity in the lives of young children, these two areas of study are combined. This course examines the methods of enabling the child to become aware of his own potentials for moving efficiently and effectively in all aspects of living, including motor tasks involved in daily activities for play, work and creative expression. Students will also study effective methods of engaging children in an appreciation of a variety of good quality music.