Early Childhood Education (Certificate)

Faculty
Applied Community Studies
Credits
43.50
Length of Program
Three semesters
Credential Type
Certificate
Campus
Coquitlam
Learning Format
Full-time
Part-time
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment
Offered
Fall

Overview

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate Program prepares students to become qualified Early Childhood Educators who contribute to the well-being of children, families and their community. The program integrates theoretical material with laboratory and practicum experience to give graduates the skills and knowledge to work with newborns through to children eight years of age. Students learn to assess and guide child development, promote health and nutrition, communicate and collaborate with children and caregivers, and manage a child care setting. ECE certification allows graduates to apply for a provincial licence to practice as an Early Childhood Educator, while continuing to study part-time to earn an ECE Diploma in Special Needs. Upon earning the diploma, graduates can apply for a provincial licence to practice as a Special Needs Educator. Graduates may also choose to return for a post-diploma Certificate in Infant and Toddler Care.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 43.5 credits
  • 25% (12 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Year I
ECED 1150 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 1.50
ECED 1241 Positive Guidance in Early Childhood Programs 3.00
ECED 1125 Promoting Healthy Practices in Early Childhood Education 3.00
ECED 1200 Growth and Development: Preschool Years 3.00
ECED 1211 Professional Growth and Communication 3.00
ECED 1220 Methods for Inclusive Play-Based Programmes for Young Children l 3.00
ECED 1231 ECE Curriculum l 3.00
ECED 1285 Early Childhood Education Practicum I   3.00
ECED 1121 Transforming and Teaching: Observing and Documenting the Learning and Care of Young Children 3.00
Select one course from the following two options:
CMNS 1110 Workplace Writing for CFCS 3.00
ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00
Year I Total Credits   28.50
Year II
ECED 2305 Growth and Development: Birth Through Early School Years 3.00
ECED 2361 Indigenous Worldview and Early Childhood Education 3.00
ECED 2331 ECE Curriculum II       3.00
ECED 2320

Methods for Inclusive Play-Based Programmes for Young Children ll

3.00
ECED 2385 Early Childhood Education Practicum II   3.00
Year II Total Credits   15.00

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Be age 18 by December 31st of the year you enter the program.
  • Suitability is determined on the basis of an overview of an applicant's emotional stability, physical health, formal education, the ability to work in a team setting and life experience.
  • Two letters of reference from individuals who are not related to you (character references from reputable community members and/or individuals familiar with your experience in working with young children). Reference letters should not be written by the person who completes your volunteer verification form. If you have an ECE basic license to practice, you would complete a work history form which includes references.
  • Complete and show evidence of 20 hours of volunteer or work experience in a licensed Early Childhood Education setting with children from birth to age six. The 20 hours documentation of volunteer or work experience form must be complete and submitted prior to enrollment in practicum courses.
  • Complete a Criminal Record Check (information will be provided by Enrolment Services).
  • 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.
  • NOTE:  Applicants who have completed 9 or more post-secondary credits must be in good academic standing (with a minimum GPA of 1.5) for admission to any ACS program.

Cost

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Career Pathways

Graduates with an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate can apply for a provincial licence to practice as an Early Childhood Educator, while continuing to study part-time to earn an ECE Diploma in Special Needs. Upon earning the diploma, graduates can apply for a provincial licence to practice as a Special Needs Educator. Graduates may also choose to return for a post-diploma Certificate in Infant and Toddler Care.

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.

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