The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to work with young children in a variety of early learning settings. After successfully completing one of the “Assistant” designated ECE courses, students may apply to the ECE Registry for certification as an assistant (ECEA), and work in the field while attending classes. Through study of such topics as Child Development, Curriculum Development, and Child, Family & Community; as well as practical exposure through practicum placements in licensed child-care programs, students gain the knowledge and experience needed to apply for certification as an Early Childhood Educator.
This program is designed for those who wish to work in full day childcare programs, recreation programs, preschool programs, and Strong Start. The program does not qualify students to apply for B.C. Teachers qualification. The successful completion of 13 core courses and three practicums (approximately 19 weeks of practicum time) prepares students for certification as an Early Childhood Educator. Graduates receive an Early Childhood Education Certificate (Basic) certification from the ECE Registry in Victoria.