Early Childhood Education: Special Needs - Inclusive Practices (Certificate)

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Program Code
Applied Community Studies
Early Childhood Education
Credential Type
Transcript Title
ECED - Special Needs Cert.
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Not Specified
Certificate in Post-Basic Early Childhood Education - Special Needs
Length of Program
Two semesters
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.
Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  •  Successful completion of 16.5 credits
  •  50% of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECED 2315 Working with Families in Early Childhood Education 1.50
ECED 2412 Administrative Skills for ECE Centres 3.00
ECED 2471 Issues and Trends in ECE 3.00
ECED 2401 Advanced Growth and Development: Individual Planning for Children with Diverse Abilities 3.00
ECED 2450 Methods for Inclusive Play-Based Programs for Children with Diverse Abilities 3.00
ECED 2455 Special Needs Preceptorship 3.00
Total Credits   16.50