Early Childhood Educator

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.

Academic Requirements:

  • Completion of Grade 12 (or equivalent) or 19 years of age or older.

English Language Requirement:

  • Completion of English 12, or equivalent, or a satisfactory demonstration of written and verbal English ability as determined by the College.

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of Application form – Click the link to download the form.

Application Form

  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Interest

Rolling Intake

ECE accepts ongoing applications with four starts per year in:

  • January
  • April
  • July
  • September

Program Fees

Program Fees for 2022 are as follows:

  • Application Fee: $30
  • Deposit upon acceptance to the program: $100 per course registered.
  • Approximate Course Fees (including deposits): $7,704
  • Text Fees extra – as required

Course Instalment Plans (CIPs) to pay program fees monthly, are available for students meeting certain conditions.  This program is not applicable for student loans.

Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Hours
ECE01Child Growth & Development 1
ECE02Child Growth & Development 2
ECE03Foundations in Early Childhood Education
ECE04Health, Safety & Nutrition
ECE05Creative Art
ECE06Curriculum 1
ECE07Curriculum 2
ECE08Language & Literature
ECE09Guiding Behaviour
ECE10Music & Movement
ECE11Math, Science, and Technology
ECE12Child, Family and Community
ECEPPPracticum Preparation
ECEP01Practicum 190
ECEP02Practicum 2130
ECEP03Practicum 3175

Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC)

ECEBC provides professional development opportunities, training and resources for early childhood educators across BC with a vision for a society where early childhood educators thrive in a supportive community that values childhood and education.

Since September 2018, the Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, enhanced and expanded the ECE Bursary Program, now known as the ECE Education Support Fund (ECE ESF).

This program consists of two funding streams:

  1. The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Student Bursary Program; and
  2. The ECE Workforce Development Bursary Fund Program

These funding streams are designed to increase the number of students entering, re-establishing and graduating from recognized ECE post-secondary programs.

Please follow the link for more information as Ridge Meadows College does not manage this bursary.


An Information Session shall be scheduled shortly.

Is there financial assistance for the ECE Program? 
Yes. As well as the Provincial Government’s bursary program (please see the link at …….), students can access funding through WorkBC.

Is the total program tuition paid upfront? 
No. Students pay for the courses in which they register, not for the whole program.  Alternatively, there is a monthly payment plan option for students who prefer to pay in installments and intend to complete the entire program.

Will I be qualified to work in Kindergarten classes with an ECE credential?
No.  All classroom teachers in B.C.’s public school system must meet the requirements to register in the BC College of Teachers.

Can I do practicum in my own early childhood worksite?
Yes. We work with students and their employers to ensure practicum will not unduly interrupt their current work commitments, while ensuring all ECE Registry requirements are met.

What level of English proficiency is required?
This program requires students to write and communicate in English competently.