Program Description

In this 11-month Certificate program, learners prepare for a rewarding career in working with children by learning the basic knowledge and skills about childhood behaviors, cognitive development, and emotional needs. Further studies include learning how to incorporate the Indigenous perspective while planning and delivering programs in a childcare centre. After completing this program, graduates can work in a childcare centre with 3 - 5 year old children.

Interested in getting certified as an Early Childhood Educator in British Columbia? The first step after graduation is applying to the Early Childhood Educator Registry for a one-year certificate to practice in British Columbia. This provides you the opportunity to earn higher wages and work alongside a Certified Early Childhood Educator.

Once you have completed 500 hours of either paid or volunteer work, you can then apply to the Early Childhood Educator Registry for a five-year certificate to practice in British Columbia.

Contact our Student Advisor for more information.

 

Program Summary

Length

11 months

Offered

September to July

Credits

59.0

Credential

Certificate

Format

Full-time

Schedule

Mon-Fri, 9am-4 pm

Practicum

425 hours: Mon –Fri, 9am-5pm

Transferability

·  59 credits to Aboriginal Special Needs Educator Diploma at NEC

·  59 credits Aboriginal Infant and Toddler Educator Diploma at NEC

 

University Transfer

This certificate program is transferrable to our diploma programs in Aboriginal Special Needs Educator Diploma or Aboriginal Infant and Toddler Educator Diploma programs. You have the option to complete these diploma programs as a combined diploma program.

After completing the NEC diploma programs, they are transferrable to the third year of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Care & Education Degree at Capilano University or to the University of British Columbia, 39 credits are transferrable to the Bachelor of Education – NITEP – Indigenous Teacher Education Program.

Career Path

Our graduates find jobs with different employers including childcare centres, non-profit agencies, and First Nation communities. Positions may include:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Special Needs Educator
  • Infant and Toddler Educator

Admission Requirements

High School Applicants

  • Transcript with Grade 12 completion
  • Two Reference Letters
  • CRC clearance
  • TB test Negative
  • Doctor’s note of good health and mental and physical  fitness to work with young children
  • Interview with Program Coordinator

Mature Applicants

  • 21 years old or older
  • Written assessment with 60% or higher
  • Two Reference Letters
  • CRC clearance
  • TB test Negative
  • Doctor’s note of good health and mental and physical  fitness to work with young children
  • Interview with Program Coordinator

Course Schedule

Term 1 - September

ECE 101

Human Growth & Development I

4

ECE 102

Foundations of Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 103

Creative Arts for Young Children

3

ECE 104

Observing & Recording Young Children

3

ECE 106

Health, Safety, and Nutrition

1

ECE 113

ECE Observation Practicum

3

 

Term 2 - January

ECE 114

Individual Project

2

ECE 111

Guiding and Care for Young Children

3

ECE 112

Human Growth & Development II

4

ECE 115

Practicum Preparation Seminar I

1

ECE 116

ECE Block Practicum I

4

ECE 120

Early Learning Framework

3

ECE 121

Interpersonal Communications

3

 

Term 3 - April

ECE 110

Creative Movement & Music

3

ECE 122

Socials, Science, Math, and Technology

3

ECE 123

Language & Literature

3

ECE 125

Practicum Preparation Seminar II

1

ECE 126

ECE Block Practicum II

4

ECE 127

Family & Community Relations

3

ECE 128

ECE Advocacy

3

 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition

$5,350.00

Fees

$150.00

Books

$2010.00

Lab

$200.00

UPass

$451.00

Total Cost

$8,161.00

 

For more information, contact:
Admissions Department
604.873.3772 Ext. 328
admissions@necvancouver.org