Early Childhood Education Assistant (ECEA)

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Program Overview

ECE Assistant program is designed for people who want to work with young children in day care centers as assistants to the Early Childhood Educators.

Graduates from this program can work as ECE Assistants once they apply for and are granted a ECE Assistant license from ECE Registry. ECEAs work under the supervision of ECEs.

Program Start Dates

  • March 18, 2024 - Full-Time - Surrey/Abbotsford
  • March 23, 2024 - Part-Time - Surrey/Abbotsford

Build the knowledge and skills to shape the lives of children in your community. Earn your ECE (Early Childhood Education) certification in under 1 year.

Difference Between ECE and ECEA

Early Childhood Educator Early Childhood Educator Assistant
Focuses on training individuals to become certified and licensed ECE teachers who can lead a classroom and create curriculum for young children Focuses on training individuals to assist licensed ECE teachers in the classroom by providing support in areas such as activity planning and supervision
Allows you to open your Daycare and earn upto $29 as an ECE Earn upto $23 as an ECEA
Graduates are qualified to work in a variety of early childhood education settings, such as preschools, daycares, and kindergartens Graduates are qualified to work as teaching assistants in early childhood education settings
More opportunities for career advancement and higher salaries due to increased responsibilities and qualifications Fewer opportunities for career advancement beyond teaching assistant positions
Requires 10 Months to complete

Requires 1.5 Months to complete

Job Opportunities

After completion of this program, the graduates will be able to work as,

  • ECE Assistant in day cares
  • ECE Assistant in pre-schools

Homework Hours

Students should be prepared to completed 2-3 hours everyday outside of the classroom.

Delivery Method(s)

Indicate how the program is delivered

  • In-class instruction
  • Distance education
  • Combined delivery (both in-class and distance)

Program Admission Requirements

Grade 12 or Mature Student Status (19 years of age or more).  Students will need to submit a proof of English Language Competency by any one of the following options:

Domestic Students:

  • Grade 10 English
  • English Language Proficiency Assessment Test conducted by the College

International Students:

  • IELTS 5.5 Bands or More
  • CLB Score of 6 or more
  • PTE Academic 50 or more
  • Any other English language assessment test with equivalent score
  • English Language Proficiency Assessment Test  conducted by the College

Program Duration

  • 135 hours; 5.4 weeks full time, 8.4 weeks part time

Course Outline

Course # Title of Course/Work Experience Component # of Hours
ECE010 Child Growth and Development I 45
ECE020 Child Growth and Development II 45
ECE090 Interpersonal Communication 45
  Total Hours 135

Please speak with your Campus Representative if you need further information.

Fee Structure

1 Application Fee $250 Domestic Students
2 Tuition Fee $1950
Total $2200 $1425 (After Discount)
1 Application Fee $250 International Students
2 Tuition Fee $2350
Total $2600 $1925 (After Discount)



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Why Study at Western Community College

  • Installment-based, low tuition fee.
  • 100% Practicum Placement
  • Weekday, weekend, and evening classes optionally available
  • Part-time or full-time class schedule
  • Free CLB preparation classes * Conditions Apply
  • Graduate employment rate: 97%

Admissions Contact Information

Mon – Sunday 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

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