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Early Childhood Education

Program Info

Early childhood education jobs are inspiring and rewarding. The need for quality childcare in Canada continues to rise and opportunities in this industry are plentiful.

Vancouver Career College's Early Childhood Education Certificate program teaches students the key techniques and knowledge they need to succeed in this industry and contribute to the development and growth of young children. Subjects include behaviour management, childhood development, program and activity planning, and health and safety.

Students are able to put their knowledge into practice during the course of their practicum placements.

Job Opportunities
  • Day Care Worker
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Day Care Owner



“I chose Vancouver Career College because of the high level of education it offers. I learned everything I needed to know to find a job. When I came to Canada, I wished to become an ECE teacher and Vancouver Career College turned my wish into a reality.” - Tamara M., Vancouver Career College Graduate
Program Courses

The program outline below is for British Columbia.

Code Course Name Hours
  • SSSE Student Success Strategies 25

    • Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice. Students will also prepare a professional resume and learn how to write effective cover letters.
  • BC2E Introduction to Computers 50

    • This course covers working with the Windows operating system to manage files and folders and customize the desktop, creating documents, and using the Internet for communication and research.
  • ECE1100 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 25

    • This module will detail the history of the ECE environment in British Columbia including an overview of the licensing agency and acts and regulations responsible for child care facilities and child care facility staff. Students complete assignments to build practical understanding of licensing, staff qualifications, educator/child ratio and activities.
  • ECE1110 Communities, Families and Support Networks 25

    • Professional responsibilities and the roles of Early Childhood Educators will be explored. The hierarchy and communication among family-based team members as well as the role of staffing will be addressed. Students will also learn about legal and ethical practice issues, the role of confidentiality, acceptable behaviours and standards of care.
  • ECE1120 Communication and Interpersonal Relationships 25

    • This module will introduce students to positive communication skills, verbal and non-verbal, in an ever-changing diverse and multicultural environment. Communication, conflict resolution and issue understanding are key elements explored in this module.
  • ECE1130 Child Growth and Development I 185

    • During this intensive study of all aspects of child development, students will gain the knowledge needed to identify typical growth patterns in children. Theories and views related to child development will be covered in-depth. Students complete observation assignments to gain insight on childhood development theory in practice. Observation assignments include the collection and analysis of language samples and research to support or refute gender-role stereotyping in early childhood education.

      There is a one-week, full-time observation included in this module where the student will be able to practice observation techniques in preparation for doing a child study. Through an in-depth study of all aspects of child development from infancy to late childhood, students will take a detailed look at theories related to human development and how these theories are related to childhood growth and development. There is also an open and supportive forum to discuss potential fears and concerns students may have as they anticipate their first ECE practicum experience.
  • ECE1150 Guidance, Caring and Behavior Management 55

    • This module will develop practitioner skills necessary to provide a positive, safe and nurturing environment. Strategies for guidance, discipline and conflict will be examined through in-class work and observation assignments.
  • ECE1160 Developing Activity Plans 25

    • The focus of this module is on the development and implementation of age - and stage - appropriate activities. Students will learn how to set learning objectives and design and evaluate activities and lessons.
  • ECE1170 Art and Creative Development 50

    • This module is centred on understanding and facilitating hands-on arts and crafts experiences. Students have the opportunity to place developmental theories into practice throughout this module. Assignments include learning to record the behaviour and actions of children involved in the drawing process, as well as building resource files for future use.
  • ECE1180 Language and Literature 50

    • This module aims to develop student understanding about the acquisition of language and the benefits of exposure to literature. Strategies to introduce children to age and content appropriate literature will be covered.
  • ECE2110 Learning Through Play 25

    • This module focuses on the development of strategies, based on theories of play to enhance the value of constructive and positive play in the childcare environment.
  • ECE2120 Music and Movement 50

    • This module deals with physical, social and emotional growth through a variety of structure, music and movement programs. Students record and describe the ways in which children are exposed to music and how it can be utilized to set atmosphere, ease transitions and waiting periods, and guide and redirect behaviour.
  • ECE2130 Drama and Creative Expression 25

    • Diverse lifestyles, multi-cultural experiences and varied social settings are explored through the construct of imaginative play environments. Assignments include the development of play prop boxes that can be used to encourage drama in a childcare facility.
  • ECE2140 Science and Math 25

    • This module will enable students to build and incorporate pre-science and math activities into the child care environment. Students will complete assignments to further their exploration and understanding of pre-science and math learning activities.
  • ECE2150 Social Studies 25

    • Students focus on key features of social studies activities into planning for children. Universal family units, social sensitivity and multiculturalism are covered in detail. Students will complete assignments to further their exploration and understanding of social studies learning activities.
  • ECE2160 Health, Safety and Nutrition 50

    • This module will address proactive measures for reactive methods of addressing illness prevention, disease transmission, abuse, and childhood behaviours such as bullying. Students will also take a two-day approved First Aid/CPR Program through external certification.
  • ECE2170 Program Planning and Implementation 25

    • Students learn to create program plans that include the setting of short and long-term physical, cognitive, and emotional goals for clients. This module takes a holistic view of assisting in the fulfillment of client needs.
  • ECE2180 Planning Indoor and Outdoor Play Environments 55

    • The creation of environments that support, nurture and care for children in a safe manner is the theme of this module. Students complete observation assignments to examine how to bring learning experiences to the outdoors.
  • ECE1190 Introduction to Practicum 25

    • Expectations, documentation, policies and procedures highlight this module as preparation for practicum placements. Students meet with Sponsor Supervisors at their placement site to build comfort level and discuss facility procedures, practicum assignments and other requirements. Students also have the opportunity to outline personal goals and objectives and how they expect to achieve them. There is also an open and supportive forum to discuss potential fears and concerns students may have as they anticipate their first ECE practicum experience. *Included as part of practicum hours as approved by the ministry.
  • ECE3100 Daycare Administration 25

    • During this module, students will have the opportunity to debrief on their practicum experience and review the application and development of skills and core concepts learned throughout the program. Basic centre administration will be covered including budgeting, scheduling (including centre structure), and organization. Students will also be advised on job finding resources, interview skills and techniques.
  • ECE1140 Observation Practicum 70

    • A two-week Observation Practicum supervised by a certified Early Childhood Educator (Sponsor Supervisor) with additional observation and evaluation by ECE Faculty member from Vancouver Career College. The focus will beon workplace conduct, routines and environment, working with children individually, and parent-teacher partnerships, as well as working on a child study of one child focusing on the developmental stages and behaviours of the child.
  • ECE2100 Practicum I 105

    • A three-week, integrated community-based practicum, supervised by a certified Early Childhood Educator (Sponsor Supervisor) with additional observation and evaluation by an ECE Faculty member from Vancouver Career College. This is an opportunity to put theory into practice in a child-care facility in order to develop the competency levels.
  • ECE2190 Practicum II 175

    • During this five-week full-time practicum, students will undergo work-based experience in which they plan and deliver childcare. Students will have numerous opportunities to complete prepared activity plans, observe children at play, observe and evaluate typical and challenging behaviours. There will be supervision by a certified Early Childhood Educator (Sponsor Supervisor). During this competency-based practicum, students will also be observed and evaluated by an ECE Faculty member from Vancouver Career College.

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