Curriculum Guideline

Early Childhood Education (Certificate)

Effective Date:
Program Code
Applied Community Studies
Early Childhood Education
Credential Type
Transcript Title
Early Child Education Cert.
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Not Specified
Certificate in Early Childhood Education (possible Aboriginal Stream specialization)
Length of Program
Three semesters
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.
  • Successfully participate in a formal orientation and selection process to determine suitability and readiness for training. 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.
  • At the time of the required ECE Program Selections Event 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 50 hours of supervised volunteer or work experience in a licensed group ECE-related setting. Preferred experience: work with children from birth to age six. The 50 hours documentation of volunteer or work experience must be complete and submitted before the time of the personal suitability interview. Your readiness to enrol in the program will be determined by the faculty selection team based upon specific criteria.
  • Attend and participate in a personal interview with ECE faculty.
  • 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.
  • 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 CFCS program.

Early Childhood Education Certificate Part-time Program – Aboriginal Stream Applicants must also:

  • Complete a program-specific application form.

Note: Priority will be given to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and to those who work for Aboriginal child, youth and family serving agencies. Applicants will participate in an individual or group interview to determine suitability for admission into Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Studies Stream.

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 46 credits
  • 25% (12 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Course Requirements:

Aboriginal Stream Students: Completion of the CFCS Aboriginal Stream courses noted below will exempt you from completing the courses noted with a (+) 

Course Number Course Title Credits
Year I
CFCS 1110 (+) Introduction to Community 3.00
ECED 1100 Growth and Development: Infants and Toddlers (Introduction) 3.00
ECED 1122 Health, Safety and Nutrition in ECE Settings 1.50
Select one course from the following two options:
ECED 1121 (+) Transforming Teaching: Observing and Documenting the Learning and Care of Infants and Toddlers 3.00
CFCS 1160 (+) Introduction to Professional Practice - Teaching and Learning 3.00
Select one course from the following two options:
CMNS 1110 Workplace Writing for CFCS 3.00
ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00
CFCS 1221 Wellness: Self and Professional Practice 1.50
ECED 1200 Growth and Development: Preschool Years 3.00
ECED 1211 Professional Growth and Communication 3.00
ECED 1220 Methods for Inclusive Play-Based Programs for Pre-School Children 3.00
ECED 1231 ECE Curriculum I 3.00
ECED 1282 (+) ECE Practicum I 3.50
Year I Total Credits   30.50
Year II
*ECED 2300 Growth and Development: Early School Years 3.00
*ECED 2312 (+) Perspectives on Families 1.50
ECED 2320 Methods for Inclusive Play-Based Programs for Young Children 3.00
ECED 2331 ECE Curriculum II 3.00
ECED 2382 (+) ECE Practicum II 3.50
ECED 2330 (+) Change and Development: Families 1.50
Year II Total Credits   15.50

CFCS Aboriginal Stream (+)

Students in the Aboriginal Stream will complete one practicum (4.5 credits) and the four following courses:
CFCS 1112 Working in Communities (rather than the equivalent course CFCS 1110) 3.00
CFCS 1142 Introduction to Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Work (rather than the equivalent course ECED 1121 or CFCS 1160) 3.00
CFCS 2212 Aboriginal Children, Youth and Families: Transforming Legislation and Policies (Elective course) 3.00
CFCS 2332 Strengthening the Family Spirit - Working from Aboriginal Perspectives with Elders’ Teachings (rather than the equivalent course ECED 2330 and 2312) 3.00

* Students are required to achieve a "C" grade or better in the courses ECED 2300 and ECED 2312 before they will be permitted to register in fourth semester ECE courses and for graduation purposes.