Program Highlights

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) offers students a range of academic and education courses that blend theory and practice in the early years, engaging with research and theory.

Three core threads are intertwined throughout the degree: Curriculum, Childhoods, and Leadership and Advocacy. Students are invited to engage in critically reflective practice, working to create classrooms of social justice and equity for children and families.

Courses in the first two years meet the requirements of MCFD for:

  • ECE Certificate to Practice
  • Infant/Toddler Certificate to Practice, and/or
  • Special Needs Certificate to Practice

The ECCE degree is a pathway to elementary teacher education programs at SFU and UBC.

  • Demonstrate pedagogical practices that are connected to contemporary theoretical approaches of learning, thinking and teaching in the field of early childhood care and education.
  • Work collaboratively with children, families, colleagues and community to provide relevant and responsive caring and educational experiences.
  • Use ethical pedagogical practices that demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to local and global issues related to early childhood care and education.
  • Engage in pedagogical practices that demonstrate mastery of the competencies required to be licensed and employed as an Early Childhood Educator in British Columbia.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-time or part-time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$4492 $1638 $6130
Year 2$4009 $1627 $5636
Year 3$5574 $1638 $7212
Year 4$6144 $1638 $7782
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$20219 $6541 $26760

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

ECCE 100-Level Courses

Total credits: 27.00

EDUC 121Introduction to Centre Administration3.00 credits
EDUC 159Introduction to Critical Social Justice in ECCE3.00 credits
EDUC 166Child Development I3.00 credits
EDUC 168Child Development II3.00 credits
EDUC 173Curriculum Development I3.00 credits
EDUC 178Caring & Learning in Early Years Settings3.00 credits
EDUC 179Guiding Young Children3.00 credits
EDUC 183Curriculum Development II3.00 credits
EDUC 190Observing & Recording: Thinking with the E.L.F.3.00 credits


ECCE 200-Level Courses

Total credits: 18.50

EDUC 240Advanced Child Development3.00 credits
EDUC 244Theoretical Perspectives3.00 credits
EDUC 251Centre Operations3.00 credits
EDUC 276Applied Theory - Practicum I3.00 credits
EDUC 277Applied Theory - Practicum II3.50 credits
EDUC 281Family, School and Community3.00 credits


ECCE Advanced Practice Courses

Total credits: 16.00

Choose 16.00 credits from the following list:

Note: Students are required to take two of the following options for a minimum of 16 credits.

a) Infant Toddler (IT): EDUC 282 Responsive Pedagogies with Infants and Toddlers (3.00 cr), and EDUC 349 Applied Theory Infant/Toddler Practicum (5.00 cr)8.00 credits
b) Inclusive Practice (IP): EDUC 284 Planning for Inclusive Practice (3.00 cr), and EDUC 390 Applied Theory: Inclusive Practice Practicum (5.00 cr)8.00 credits
c) Advanced Practice I: EDUC 381 Applied Theory: Advanced Practice in Early Years I (5.00 cr), and EDUC or department approved non-EDUC credits at the 100-level or higher (3.00 cr)8.00 credits
d) Advanced Practice II: EDUC 382 Applied Theory: Advanced Practice in Early Years II (5.00 cr), and EDUC or department approved non-EDUC credits at the 100-level or higher (3.00 cr)8.00 credits
e) Coursework: EDUC at the 300- or 400-level9.00 credits


ECCE 300-Level Courses

Total credits: 15.00

EDUC 373Inquiry-Based Learning in ECCE3.00 credits


ECCE 400-Level Courses

Total credits: 21.00

EDUC 473Teacher as Researcher3.00 credits
EDUC 475Graduating Seminar6.00 credits


Breadth Requirements

Total credits: 24.00

ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
ENGL or CMNS 100-level or higher3.00 credits
Quantitative/Analytical course3.00 credits
University-level Elective 100-level or higher15.00 credits


Total program credits: 121.50

Program Notes

Students starting in their baccalaureate degree on or after Fall 2018 and graduating on or after June 2022 must meet Cap Core graduation requirements in addition to their program requirements.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 23, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 5, 2021 - Aug 2, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 4, 2022

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 22, 2022 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

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