Early Childhood Education: Infant/Toddler (Certificate)

Domestic Applications Available

Winter 2024: Currently accepting applications



Applied Community Studies
Early Childhood Education
Length of Program
Two semesters
Credential Type
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements


Strengthen your skills and knowledge and make a positive difference in the lives of infants and toddlers with the Certificate in Early Childhood Education Infant/Toddler. Observe, assess, plan and guide the development of these children, both individually and in groups. Learn how to manage the operation of a child-care setting and how to confidently communicate and collaborate with children, families and your colleagues all through interactive online classes.

Through a practicum placement, you'll experience learning from theory to practice in a variety of early childhood education settings, including childcare, preschool and others. Graduates are qualified to apply for a provincial license to practise as an Infant/Toddler Educator.  

This infant toddler certificate program is for certificate graduates from an accredited ECE program in B.C. who want an additional post-basic credential in Infant/Toddler ECE. 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Completion of Certificate-Level Early Childhood Education studies at Douglas College or equivalent post-secondary training. Provide proof of completion of an Early Childhood Education training (license).
  • An overall average of "C+" in courses completed in the ECE certificate program.
  • Submission of a work history form and two references from employers or from a former instructor and an employer. 
  • Suitability will be determined on the basis of a review of an applicant's emotional stability, physical health, formal education, work experience, ability to work in a multidisciplinary-team setting, ability to work within the values of the department and personal suitability.
  • Be age 18 by December 31st of the year you enter the program.
  • Complete a Criminal Record Check (information will be provided by the Office of the Registrar).
  • Complete a medical declaration or assessment indicating a satisfactory level of physical and emotional health. The workload of the programs and the close contact with individuals in practical settings require students to be in good mental and physical health.


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements For Students Completing By Summer 2023:

  • Successful completion of 16.5 credits
  • 50% of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • Time limit to complete program graduation requirements: four (4) years

Graduation Requirements For Students Completing After Summer 2023:

  • Successful completion of 16.5 credits
  • 50% (8 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • Graduate in Good Academic Standing (Cumulative GPA of 1.50 – See Academic Performance Policy)
  • Time limit to complete program graduation requirements: four (4) years

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

ECED 2315

Working with Families in Early Childhood Education


ECED 2412

Administrative Skills for ECE Centres


ECED 2471

Issues and Trends in ECE


ECED 2420

Advanced Growth and Development: Infants and Toddlers   


ECED 2421

Methods for Inclusive Play-Based Programs for Infants and Toddlers  


ECED 2425

Infant/Toddler Preceptorship   


Total Credits



Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Infant/Toddler Educator
  • Daycare Teacher 
  • Early Childhood Development and Education Coordinator 
  • Early Childhood Education and Toddler Instructor 
  • Early Childhood Supervisor
  • Child Care Centre Manager 
  • Child Care Consultant
  • Child Development Facilitator 
  • Early Childhood Educator 
  • Education Coordinator 
  • Educational Assistant Family and Community Support Worker 
  • Instructional Assistant 
  • Play School Teacher 
  • Teachers Aide/Tutor