Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) students will study many facets of early learning and child development, focussing on the needs of children from birth through school age and their families.
New! Increasing Accessibility for Students
All ECCE Certificate courses can now be completed full-time, part-time, fully online or blended online and face-to-face. Certificates in Infant Toddler Care or Inclusive Practices (Special Needs) can be completed fully online.
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ECCE students learn how to develop programs and create environments that are child-centred, nurturing and rich with potential for early development.
Learners will be prepared to work with young children and their families in a variety of exciting and rewarding roles. They will be able to participate in the planning and delivery of programs that focus upon healthy child development and develop relationships within the field of early care and learning.
By entering the ECCE program, students choose a flexible career path with many options. After the completion of the Certificate Program, graduates can choose to work in a variety of settings or attend a second year to complete their Human Services Diploma.
Take This Program If You Are
Comfortable working with young children
Patient and flexible
Creative and energetic
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Start Your Rewarding Career
Based on the 2017 B.C. Labour Market Outlook, a total of 9,100 additional early childhood educators are projected to be required in B.C. by 2027.
At Selkirk College, you will learn how to create programs and environments that are child-centered, nurturing and rich for supporting child development. Our program incorporates a variety of teaching learning strategies including:
Case study and theoretical analysis
Cooperative and experiential learning
Practical application of knowledge and skills in a six week practicum
You will experience small class sizes and instructors who are committed to excellence in education and professional practice.
Further Your Credentials/Transfer Opportunities
Your ECCE certificate serves as your prerequisite for entry into the following Human Services diploma specialties for a total of two years of study at Selkirk College.
You can also transfer into related programs at other universities.
The Early Childhood Care and Education Program has built its program values on three of the four Selkirk College Pillars of Success:
Focus on the Learner
Community Engagement and Innovation