The Early Childhood Care & Education certificate can be completed full time in 10 months or on a flexible, part-time basis.
New, accelerated part-time option:
Earn your Early Childhood Care and Education certificate while you work, with NIC’s new, part-time evening and weekend program starting January 2019 in the Comox Valley.
This accessible program offers all the same courses, practice opportunities and benefits of our full-time program, but gives busy students like you an opportunity to keep working while you start your career or upgrade your ECCE certification in a provincially-recognized early childhood education program. Classes run evenings and weekends over two years, with an average workload of two courses per semester.
Please note: Students must meet the program admission requirement of a C in Provincial English 12 or equivalent before the program begins. Assessments for prior learning and tuition-free upgrading is available this September. Please contact an advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
During the first term, you are introduced to the fundamental principles of child development, health, safety and nutrition for the caregiver and the child, as well as positive child guidance. You will also have opportunities to plan early childhood play-based activities in the areas of art and literacy.
The second term builds on the content from Term 1, developing further into studies of child guidance and the foundations of professional practice. You will explore responsive learning environments and different curriculum models, including emergent and project-based curriculum.
In addition to scheduled classes, you will participate in a variety of practicum experiences. This allows you to explore different models of child care and different early learning environments. You will begin your practicum experiences with a focus on observation and will advance to implementing curriculum and working directly with children.
In the third term, you will participate in a field placement four days a week, working with a mentor while planning and implementing curriculum. Some classroom work is also required, such as participation in seminars and attendance in the Child, Family, and Community course.
A flexible approach of study allows you to create the schedule that works with your lifestyle. A range of part-time options from a single course to multiple years of study are available and should be discussed with the department chair or instructor on an individual basis.
For example, the blended learning option allows you to take classes with a diverse and vibrant community of learners in the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Port Hardy and Ucluelet. Classes take place in the evening via Interactive TV and online sessions, allowing you to balance work, family and school while earning your certificate.
Program graduates receive NIC's Early Childhood Care and Education certificate, which fulfills the provincial ECE curriculum requirements for certification and employment in the early childhood education sector in BC. Requirements for your BC Early Childhood Educator certification (including 500-hours of work experience) are posted on the BC Early Learning website
Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate
Employment opportunities in the field will increase with further training and work experience. The Early Childhood Care & Education certificate prepares you to work with young children of varying abilities from 30 months to five years, in a variety of early learning settings. Program completion is the first step toward your BC Early Childhood Educator certification. This program also provides opportunities for you to work with children and their families in other related fields.
Qualify as an Early Childhood Educator Assistant
Assistant certification enables you to care for children under the supervision of a fully certified early childhood educator. To qualify for ECE Assistant certification, you must complete at least one for-credit post-secondary course in an approved ECE training program in one of the following areas:
Graduates of the Early Childhood Care & Education certificate or Educator Assistant course(s) applying for their BC Early Childhood Educator certification should forward a copy of their official college transcript, along with their application, to:
Early Childhood Education Registry
Ministry of Children and Family Development
PO Box 9961 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria BC V8W 9R4
In Greater Victoria: (250) 356-6501
If you plan to continue your education, you may enter the NIC Early Childhood Care & Education diploma program, or you may choose to transfer your certificate credentials to a program at another post-secondary institution. Many institutions will recognize the certificate program for block transfer credit. The opportunity to continue into a degree program in child and youth care is also available. You should contact an educational advisor at your university of choice for information regarding admission and transfer credit.