Early Childhood Education

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.

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    Delivery Method

    Delivery Method: In-Class

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    Duration: 46 weeks

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    Starts: Twice per year (April and September)

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    Credential: Certificate

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    Designation: Early Childhood Educator

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    Wages: Up to $19.00/hour

Early Childhood Education is an extremely rewarding profession. There is a great demand across British Columbia for qualified and dedicated Early Childhood Educators that can provide superior care and education for children from birth to school age.

The first five years of a child’s life are the most formative and highly important to their development. The needs of preschool children have become a top priority. As an Early Childhood Educator you will fill a meaningful and fulfilling role in society. Your job prospects after completing this program are excellent, as over 98 per cent of Stenberg Early Childhood Education program graduates find employment within six months of program completion in daycare, preschools, nursery schools, special needs centres, public schools, and infant/toddler centres.

Stenberg College is accredited by the BC government’s Ministry of Advanced Education through the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB).

PTIB is responsible for setting standards of quality and ensuring consumer protection. Stenberg College has also received the BC government’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation which is BC’s brand or “seal” of quality post-secondary education for both public and private institutions.

All of our programs are developed in collaboration with industry to meet their needs which is why our graduates are so successful.

Over 98% of our graduates are employed in their field of study within 6 months of graduation.

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.
As an Early Childhood Educator, you’ll find opportunities for employment in childcare centres, preschools, private nursery schools, inclusive childcare preschools, before & after school care centres, group daycares, family daycares and child minding services.

Based on employment statistics gathered by Stenberg College, the wage range of Early Childhood Educators is from $12.00 – $19.00 per hour depending on experience and location.

The related national occupation classification number—a system used to group and survey jobs—for Early Childhood Educators is 4214.

  • Completion of Grade 12 or 19 years of age or older
  • Passing Stenberg College entrance examination
  • Passing Stenberg College entrance interview
  • Successful completion of a short written essay
  • Passing Verbal Test of English if English is a Second Language
  • Completion of a Criminal Record Consent Form under the Criminal Record Review Act

Prior to Program Admission, Program Advisors will outline practice education requirements for the program. Upon enrollment, students will be informed of next steps and timelines. Non-compliance could result in program dismissal. Requirements for practice education placements include:

Students must provide the following to their Program Advisor prior to program start:

  • Acceptable Criminal Record Search under the Criminal Record Review Act
  • Proof of Immunity Status as required by industry
  • Acceptable Medical Examination Form completed by a physician

Program Advisors will work with students to obtain the following:

  • Proof of 50 hours of volunteer work with children aged 3-5
  • Reference letter stating suitability to work with children

NB: Additional criteria may be required to fulfill industry guidelines; students will be informed in advance of any requirements that need to be fulfilled for placements.

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PRO100 – Orientation and Student Success Skills

This course will provide a comprehensive orientation to Stenberg College and the program you have enrolled in. As with all new things, there will be some challenges to overcome; however, with this course, you will become familiar with your new environment and the resources available for your use. The course is broken into 2 parts. The first section covers student success skills where you’ll learn effective study habits based on your own personal learning style. The second section consists of life skills exercises that teach communication, accountability, teamwork, self-awareness and building an understanding of the impact you have on others.

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ECE100 – Early Childhood Education Foundations

This course provides an introduction to the history and philosophy of Early Childhood Education. Major contemporary trends, social issues and historical influences are examined.

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ECE105 – Child Growth & Development I

Course material spans the period from conception through the preschool years and examines physical, cognitive, language, and social-emotional growth and development. An introductory study of theories, principles of development, and child study techniques is included.

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ECE205 – Child Growth & Development II

Part II reviews the major theories of child development during middle childhood and adolescence in the areas of physical, social, emotional, cultural and intellectual development. An introductory study of theories, principles of development, and child study techniques is included.

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ECE110 – Emerging Curriculum

This course will introduce you to various educational programs for young children. It will also examine the role of the Early Childhood Educator in establishing an environment that facilitates learning through play.

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ECE115 – Observation & Recording

This course will develop your skill in objectively observing and recording the behaviour of young children. Different kinds of observational techniques will be explored and weekly observations will contribute to a major part of this course. You’ll develop skill in observing, recording and documenting children. Based on these observations you’ll begin to interpret behaviours and develop effective intervention strategies.

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ECE120 – Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Issues such as safety, hygiene, recognition and management of childhood illness, meal planning, and emergency procedures within an early childhood environment are covered in detail by this course.

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ECE125 – Guidance & Caring

The focus of this course is on the role of the adult in guidance, discipline and behaviour management. It highlights theories, models and skills related to promoting healthy emotional and social development at both the individual and group level.

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ECE130 / ECE135 / ECE140 / ECE145 Curriculum Development Courses (Music & Movement, Creative Art, Language & Literature, Science, Socials & Math)

With these courses, you’ll acquire knowledge, experience and skill in curriculum planning and teaching strategies. In addition, you’ll learn how to implement and evaluate different learning environments for children.

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ECE150 – Family-Teacher Relations

The family-teacher-community partnership will be examined with the focus being on attitudes, knowledge and skills related to interpersonal communication at the adult level. Emphasis is on the community school model.

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ECE155 – Practicum Seminar & PRO120 Practicum 1 & 2

The purpose of this time is to provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to work with young children. You’ll demonstrate your competency by applying appropriate and suitable affective qualities associated with effective early childhood education, as well as by applying developmentally appropriate child care guidance and curriculum planning. NOTE: During each block practicum period, you will be on site in a licensed childcare facility for full days.

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PRO110 – Career Search Strategies

This course is offered in a combined online and classroom delivery format. You will learn to network effectively (online and in person), to search and apply for jobs and to prepare targeted resumes and cover letters. You will also be provided with coaching and individualized instructor feedback on your resume, cover letter, and interview skills.

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Standard Child Care First Aid & CPR

This course is designed for those in the early childhood industry, focusing on childhood injuries and illnesses. This course also includes injury prevention content, AED and cardiopulmonary resuscitation with a focus on childhood injuries and illnesses.

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You’ll learn how to prepare food in a way that protects customers from injury or illness. Some of the topics covered are food-borne diseases, personal hygiene and safe procedures for storing.

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Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

WHMIS provides information about materials in the workplace that can be hazardous, such as cleaning agents, compressed gases and flammable materials. Becoming WHMIS certified will demonstrate that you are able to identify hazardous materials and handle them properly.

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Personal & Professional Development Skills Certificate

The Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Skills Certificate is a self-directed, online certificate that is designed to enhance your soft skills. The six PPD workshops cover Professionalism, Quality Service, Feedback, Diverse Teams, Conflict Resolution, and Leadership. Together, these workshops will prepare you to effectively approach and resolve real life situations.

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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.

Related Programs

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.

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