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

Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 20.0
Length: Two semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Certificate
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Special Needs Certificate Program is for certificate graduates from an accredited ECE program in B.C. who want an additional post-basic credential in Special Needs ECE. Graduates are qualified to apply for a provincial licence to practice as a Special Needs Educator.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  •  Successful completion of 20 credits
  •  50% (10 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  •  If any of the coursework was completed towards your diploma then 50% additional new coursework is required

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECED 2312 Perspectives on Families in ECE Settings 1.50
ECED 2330 Change and Development: Families 1.50
ECED 2401 Advanced Growth and Development 3.00
*CFCS 2410 Advanced Issues: Reflection and Integration 3.00
ECED 2412 Administrative Skills for ECE Centres 3.00
ECED 2450 Inclusion in Early Childhood Settings 3.00
ECED 2483 Demonstrating Laboratory Special Needs Project Practicum 5.00
Total Credits   20.00

*The prerequisite for CFCS 2410 is CFCS 1110 and ECED 2382 for ECE students.

career transfer pathways
Graduates of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Special Needs Certificate Program qualify to apply for a provincial licence to practice as a Special Needs Educator. For those wishing to pursue a degree, the ECE Diploma transfers to a number of bachelor degree programs.
admission 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 certificate program.
  • Successful completion of the written English language requirement.
  • Submission of a work history form and two acceptable references from employers or from a former instructor and an employer. These must be submitted directly to the department.
  • Participation in a personal interview with ECE faculty. 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.
Preferential Admissions
Admission to programs within the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies is contingent upon availability of seats and applicant ranking as determined by a process of selective admission evaluation. 

To be considered for a seat in the program, applicants must meet all admission criteria. The selective admission process uses a structured format to evaluate all applicants in relation to the admission criteria established for the program. 

Following this review, applicants are ranked according to the degree to which they have met the admission criteria and their demonstration of communication skills, motivation to enter the program and knowledge of the demands of the profession. 

NOTE: Applicants are advised to meet all admission criteria as early as possible to demonstrate preparedness and motivation for obtaining a seat in the program.

program cost

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.

curriculum 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.