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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education (ECE)


The first years of a child’s education are among the most important for their growth and development. Early childhood educators are responsible for shaping the minds of these young individuals, and the study of early childhood education teaches the profound impact educators have on the development of children.


As an early childhood educator, you will plan, organize, and implement programs for children between the ages of infancy and 12 years.


ECE Certificate Program


Vancouver Career College offers an Early Childhood Education (Basic) certificate, which meets the necessary academic requirements to apply to the Early Childhood Educator Registry for provincial certification as an early childhood educator (ECE) in British Columbia.


This ECE certificate covers ECE courses in learning through play, art and creative development, communication and interpersonal relationships, science and math, daycare administration, and more.


Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to work as an early childhood educator, daycare worker, preschool supervisor, and more.



Admissions Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent* OR mature student status**

*From an English language teaching institution.
**19 years of age upon starting classes, and pass college’s English admissions test.

Administrative Requirements

  •  Interview with campus director, program co-ordinator, or designate.
  •  Current resume (record of work history)
  • Three character references

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.This program is approved through the ECE registry of British Columbia

Individuals who have successfully completed Basic Early Childhood Education training through a recognized educational institution in British Columbia may apply to the BC Early Childhood Educator (ECE) for certification as a Basic Early Childhood Educator (ECE) or as an Early Childhood Educator Assistant (ECEA). Contact the Early Childhood Educator Registry for details of the application process at 1.888.338.6622 or visit their website.

This program is 44 weeks in length.
  • Daycare supervisor
  • Daycare worker
  • Early childhood educator
  • Early childhood educator assistant
  • Early childhood program staff assistant 
  • Early childhood supervisor 
  • Preschool helper 
  • Preschool supervisor 
  • Daycare teacher 
  • Daycare helper 
  • Early childhood education worker

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