Early Childhood Education
Post-Basic

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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    Delivery Method

    Delivery Method: Combined Delivery

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    Duration

    Duration: 28 weeks, including a 12-week practicum

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    Starts

    Starts: Twice per year (April and August)

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    Credential

    Credential: Dual Diploma

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    Wages

    Wages: Up to $21.06/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.


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 92% 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 with Post-Basic education is from $16.00 – $21.06 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.

  • Successful completion of a ECE Basic (Certificate) level program
  • Acceptable Criminal Record Search under the Criminal Record Review Act
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Orientation and Student Success Skills

This online and face-to-face 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 and excitement; this course, will explore transitioning as a college student, review learning styles, enhance critical thinking, and familiarize you with the resources available for your use. This course covers student success skills where you’ll learn effective study habits (specifically to improving both reading and writing skills) based on your own personal learning style. Life skills exercises are also integral to the course, teaching communication, accountability, teamwork, self-awareness and building an understanding of the impact you have on others.

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Advanced Child Growth & Development

This course reviews and expands on information on typical and atypical development of children from birth to school age. Major theories in the area of Child Growth and Development will be re-examined and particular focus will be placed on all the key domains of development related to infants, toddlers and children with exceptionalities.

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Interacting with Families, School and Community

This course examines the knowledge, strategies and competencies needed by Early Childhood Educators to effectively work with families of infants and toddlers and children with exceptionalities. It focuses on communication skills that encourage positive relationships with families, professionals and communities.

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Advanced Health, Safety and Nutrition

This course, as an extension of the Health, Safety and Nutrition course in the ECE Basic Program, will provide you with the knowledge and skills for planning, implementing and evaluating health practices for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children who need extra support in integrated and infant/toddler settings. Emphasis will be placed on creating policies and practices that promote positive habits and attitudes towards health, safety and nutrition and ensure the health and well-being of children.

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Administration Skills for Child Care Centres

This course examines the role of an administrator in an Early Childhood Program. This will include effective staff supervision, models and techniques for evaluation and motivating staff, the budgeting process, advertising and marketing strategies. You will learn about funding that is available from all levels of government as well as service organizations in the private sector.

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Foundations of Working with Infants and Toddlers

This course examines the challenges and characteristics of providing quality programs for infants and toddlers. It explores programming techniques which respond to individual and group needs of children up to 36 months of age. The focus of this course is on developing an awareness of the critical importance of care and interaction in the lives of infants and toddlers.

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Program Planning for Infants and Toddlers

This course examines characteristics of quality programs for infants and toddlers. It explores programming techniques and use of developmentally appropriate materials which respond to individual and group needs of children up to 36 months of age. There is focus on designing curriculum for infants and toddlers that is responsive to the changing developmental needs of that age group.

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Foundations of Working with Children with Special Needs

This course explores the family centered approach which focuses on promoting social interactions amongst children with special needs. You will be assisted to develop specialized skills in the care and guidance of working with children who require additional support and developmental differences will be reviewed in detail.

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Program Planning for Children with Special Needs

This course explores the selection and use of appropriate assessment materials and intervention techniques for working with children who have special needs. It examines the adaptation of curriculum to meet special care needs in various group care environments. Practical strategies to create quality inclusive learning environments for young children will be discussed.

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Infant / Toddler Practicum

The Infant Toddler Practicum is 200 hours of a guided, supervised experience in a licensed infant/toddler program. This practicum will give you opportunities to practice working with children from birth to 36 months. It includes both theory and developmentally appropriate practices. You will demonstrate programming and guiding and caring for this age group of children.

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Special Needs Practicum

The Special Needs Practicum is 200 hours of a guided, supervised experience in a licensed early childhood program that is inclusive of children that require additional support. This practicum will give you opportunities to practice working with children with a variety of exceptionalities. It includes both theory and developmentally appropriate practices. You will
demonstrate programming and guiding and caring for children with special needs.

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Students have the option to complete the Personal & Professional Development Skills Certificate.

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.

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.

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