Early Childhood Education
- Delivery Method: Combined Delivery
- Duration: 28 weeks, including a 12-week practicum
- Starts: Twice per year (April and August)
- Credential: Dual Diploma
- Wages: $20-$25/hour
Stenberg College offers the Post-Basic Infant Toddler and Special Needs Early Childhood Educator Program (Dual Diploma) to those who have already completed an Early Childhood Education Basic (Certificate) level program. The ECE Post-Basic program is 28 weeks and full time.
All courses (with the exception of the practicum) are offered in a combined delivery format, with guided online learning, using Moodle as the learning platform, and weekly classroom-based sessions. This flexible delivery format is designed for individuals who may be balancing other responsibilities such as work and/or family. In the Post-Basic Infant Toddler and Special Needs program you will complete orientation followed by six theory courses in a combined online and classroom-based delivery format followed by a six-week Infant Toddler Practicum. This will then be followed by two more theory courses delivered in a combined delivery format, followed by a final six-week Special Needs Practicum experience.
With the Infant / Toddler post-basic specialization, graduates are qualified for employment in childcare facilities caring for infants and toddlers (up to three years old). With the post-basic education in Special Needs, graduates work in programs with children who require extra support, from infancy to school age. Post-basic graduates are also prepared to handle a wider range of administrative and supervisory responsibilities.
Articulation ( Credit Transfer )
Stenberg College participates with other recognized B.C. post-secondary institutions in a credit transfer arrangement that allows for increased transparency and student success for those in the field of Early Learning and care studies. Formalized credit transfer agreements are in place with other post-secondary institutions offering programs in Early Childhood Education to provide our students with options should they choose to continue their academic studies towards degree programs or need re-locate within the province. In order to receive a Stenberg College program certificate or diploma, the residency requirement is a minimum of 50% of course load be completed at Stenberg College.
- Successful completion of a ECE Basic (Certificate) level program
- Acceptable Criminal Record Search under the Criminal Record Review Act
Financing Your Education
You could be eligible for Employment Insurance funding for education, government student loans, as well as other financing options; Stenberg’s Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.
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Early Childhood Education is an extremely rewarding profession. There is a great demand across BC for qualified and dedicated Early Childhood Educators that can provide superior care and education for children from birth to school age.