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Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Program Overview

Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is designed for people who want to work with young children in child care centers, preschools, day camps and with any other childcare services. Our desire is to inspire tomorrow’s education to stop, think and learn. To create inclusive, learning-rich environments integral to the children’s’ well-being and to establish a depth in understanding how play and relationships are integral in the child’s learning process.

Graduates from this program can work as Early Childhood Education once they apply for and are granted a certificate from ECE Registry. The certification by the Ministry of Education and Child Care provides students with a basic foundation of the knowledge and skills needed to work in early childhood educational settings (ages birth to five years).

Contact our admissions team today or request information on upcoming program start dates.

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

Graduates from this program cam work as  Early Childhood Educator once they apply for and are granted a certificate from ECE Registry. This program makes you eligible for ECE Certification*.

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

  • Childcare worker – daycare
  • Childcare worker assistant
  • Daycare helper
  • Daycare supervisor
  • Daycare worker
  • Early childhood assistant
  • Early childhood education worker
  • Early childhood educator – preschool
  • Early childhood educator (ECE)
  • Early childhood program staff assistant
  • Early childhood supervisor
  • Preschool helper
  • Preschool supervisor

*ECE Certification requires submission of completed recognized ECE program and there are additional requirements for certification.

 

Wages

Earn up to $25.00* per hour as an Early Childhood Educator + $6 Government Top Up
All wages taken from the Canada Job Bank

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
  • Successful completion of English Language Proficiency Assessment Test conducted by the college
  • CLB Level 6 or more
  • CELPIP Level 7 or more

International Students:

  • IELTS 5.5 Bands or More
  • CLB Level 6 or more
  • PTE Academic 50 or more
  • Duolingo test with 85 or more score
  • TOEFL IBT with 46 or more score
  • TOEFL CBT with 133 or more score
  • CELPIP Level 7 or more
  • Successful completion of English Language Proficiency Assessment Test conducted by the college

Additionally, students will be required to complete the following third-party certificates prior to graduation:

  • Emergency Child Care First Aid with CPR/AED Level B

Program Duration

  • Full Time: 40 Weeks

Course Outline

Course # Title of Course/Practicum Component # of Hours
ECE010 Child Care Growth and Development I 45
ECE020 Child Care Growth and Development II 45
ECE030 Guidance and Caring 60
ECE040 Foundation and Philosophy of ECE 60
ECE050 Pedagogy and BC Early Learning Framework 50
ECE080 Early Childhood Education I 60
ECE082 Early Childhood Education II 30
ECE084 Early Childhood Education III 30
ECE060 Fostering Outdoor and Nature Play 30
ECE090 Interpersonal Communication 45
ECE070 Health, Safety and Nutrition 30
ECE110 Practicum I Observation and Recording 112
ECE120 Practicum II 186
ECE130 Practicum III 186
  Total # of Hours 969

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

Fee Structure

Domestic Students

Before Scholarship
After Scholarship

Fee information for the 2022 – 2023 year:

# PARTICULARS FEE REMARKS
1 Tuition Fee $16,500 Domestic Students
2 Administrative Fee $250
3 Textbooks Fee* $1,590
4 Materials Fee $550
TOTAL   $18,890

Fee information for the 2022 – 2023 year:

# PARTICULARS FEE REMARKS
1 Tuition Fee $16,500 Domestic Students
2 Administrative Fee $250
3 Textbooks Fee* $1,590
4 Materials Fee $550
5 Scholarship* -$8,000
TOTAL   $10,890

International Students

Before Scholarship
After Scholarship

Fee information for the 2023 – 2024 year:

# PARTICULARS FEE REMARKS
1 Tuition Fee $20,500 International Students
2 Administrative Fee $1,000
3 Textbooks Fee* $1,590
4 Materials Fee $550
TOTAL   $23,640

Fee information for the 2023 – 2024 year:

# PARTICULARS FEE REMARKS
1 Tuition Fee $20,500 International Students
2 Administrative Fee $1,000
3 Textbooks Fee* $1,590
4 Materials Fee $550
5 Scholarship* -$4750
TOTAL   $18,890

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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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