Early Childhood Care & Education Diploma

  • The ECCE Diploma provides students with the competencies and knowledge required to work with children under the age of five in licensed preschools and daycare centres. Education courses in the diploma meet the requirements of the Early Childhood Educator Registry for the ECE License to Practice; Infant/Toddler License to Practice and/or the Special Needs License to Practice. Students who successfully complete an ECCE diploma are eligible to apply to the degree program.  

    Three core threads, Curriculum, Childhoods and Leadership and Advocacy, represent the focus of the education courses offered in the degree. These threads are woven throughout the degree inviting students to engage in critical-reflective practice, working to create classrooms of social justice and equity for children and families.

    As a faculty we are inspired in our own teaching by Carlina Rinaldi who calls for a ‘powerful educator ’ who is able to work with powerful children. This ‘powerful’ educator, Rinaldi (2006) explains, is “open to the unexpected, one who engages in learning with the child as a researcher in order to be open to possibilities in the project of education”. (p. 125).

    Students can be enrolled as either a full-time or part-time student. Classes are offered face to face; mixed mode, on-line and summer intensives.

    Students in the diploma program are eligible to receive the following credentials:

    ECCE Basic Certificate
    Infant Toddler Certificate
    Special Needs Certificate

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