The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Diploma 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. To qualify for an ECE Diploma, students must first complete the requirements for their basic certificate. They may then choose to go on to complete additional courses to qualify for a Special Needs certificate. The combination of these two becomes the Diploma program. Graduates of the Diploma program are qualified to apply for two provincial licences to practice as Early Childhood Educators and Special Needs Educators. Additonally, graduates may also choose to return for a post-diploma Certificate in Infant and Toddler Care, and then apply for a third provincial licence as an Infant/Toddler Educator.
|Course Number||Course Title||Credits|
|Semesters 1 and 2|
|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|
|Semesters 1 and 2 Total Credits||
|ECED 2305||Change and Development: Birth thru Early School Years||3.00|
|ECED 2361||Indigenous Worldview and Early Childhood Education||3.00|
|ECED 2331||ECE Curriculum II||3.00|
Methods for Inclusive Play-Based Programmes for Young Children ll
|ECED 2385||Early Childhood Education Practicum II||3.00|
|Semester 3 Total Credits||15.00|
|Semester 4 - Special Needs|
|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|
Semester 4 - Special Needs Total Credits
After completion of Diploma requirements, the student may return for an additional post-diploma certificate by completing the remaining Infant/Toddler courses.
Douglas College students who completed their certificates under a previous model may "bridge" into the new diploma program by completing the following courses:
Students with ECE Certificates from other programs should consult the Program Coordinator for advice and assistance with course planning.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:
Graduates of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Diploma Program qualify to apply for two provincial licences to practice as Early Childhood Educators and Special Needs Educators. Graduates may also choose to return for a post-diploma Certificate in Infant and Toddler Care, and then apply for a third provincial licence as an Infant/Toddler Educator. University TransferGraduates may apply to receive transfer credit to the Bachelor in Child and Youth Care at Douglas College, University of Victoria, University of the Fraser Valley, or Vancouver Island University. They may also apply for transfer credit to the University of Calgary’s Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation (BCR). Douglas College ECE Diploma students may transfer credits to the Bachelor of General Studies (Education) at Simon Fraser University or the Bachelor of Arts in Early Years Education, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Students may transfer all ECE credits from the Basic and Post-Basic programs to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Capilano University. Consult the B.C. Transfer Guide for extensive transfer agreements with public post-secondary institutions offering ECE in B.C.
When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.