Our Aboriginal Early Childhood Education (AECE) students embark on a fascinating journey: They explore the dynamic field of child development, learn about the role of the professional early childhood educator, create early education curricula, practices, and stimulating learning environments that are sensitive to the developmental needs and interests of the young children. Working in the field of Early Childhood Education is an exciting and rewarding endeavour for a dedicated person whose aim is to make a difference by caring for young children.
The NEC Native Education College AECE Program trains Early Childhood Educators and care providers with a specialized Aboriginal cultural perspective. Early childhood is crucial for the formation of life-long learning skills and therefore the future success of a human being. Early Childhood Educators contribute significantly to the progress of the local community through their work with children. The childcare centre practicum placements allow each student to practice professional skills developed through the classroom component of the program. Students who have successfully completed the program can begin working under the supervision of a certified Early Childhood Education provider. Upon completion of 500 hours of paid or volunteer work, they can apply to the ECE Registry for certification. The certificate courses are also transferable to the post-basic ECE programs in Infant and Toddler Care and Special Needs Education offered at many local colleges.
Full-time Program starting in September:
- Aboriginal Early Childhood Certificate
- Combined Aboriginal Infant & Toddler Educator Diploma/Aboriginal Special Needs Educator Diploma
Aboriginal Special Needs Educator Diploma
NEC Native Education College has been successfully contributing to the urban First Nations community by offering basic Aboriginal Early Childhood Education program since 1988. Responding to the urgent need in qualified Special Needs Educators, we are offering this post-basic Diploma program.
Aboriginal Special Needs Educator Diploma is a stimulating and empowering program that includes balance of classroom academic studies and hands on practical experience in certified inclusive childcare settings. Our students have an exclusive opportunity to put into practice the knowledge learned in the classroom and experience this process in a real childcare setting. The program is rooted in the ages old Aboriginal perspectives and wisdom of child rearing and traditional ways of contributing to and relying on the community. Aboriginal Adult Teaching Methodology is practiced to train future AECE professionals.
Our post-basic AECE students further increase their knowledge in child development related to children with exceptionalities, learn about the role of the Special Needs Educator, create curricula for inclusive early childhood education settings, develop practices and stimulating learning environments that are sensitive to the developmental needs and interests of exceptional children, as well as to their culture.
The combination of the theoretical foundations of childrearing and solid practical experience of working with exceptional children enables our graduates to competently and confidently join the field of the Early Childhood Education as qualified and experienced Special Needs Educators in the province of British Columbia.
We prepare our graduates for successful career in the field of the Aboriginal Early Childhood Education as Special Needs Educators. Working in this field is an exciting and rewarding endeavour for a dedicated person whose aim is to make a difference in the community by caring for children with exceptionalities.
The program is offered on a full-time basis and runs for six month. Small class size and the Traditional Long House environment contribute to higher quality preparation of our graduates.