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Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) | Diploma



Students can opt out of the Diploma Program and after successfully completing the 15 courses required, be granted an CMTN certificate for ECCE Certificate Program. Courses required for the Certificate are marked with an asterisk (*). 

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredits
ECCE 167 Guiding Young Children * 3
ECCE 163 Language & Literacies in the Early Years * 3
ECCE 141 Obs, Docu, Refl, and Research Practices * 3
ECCE 125 Field Placement I * 3
PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology I * 3
ECCE 104 Health, Safety and Nutrition * 3
ECCE 162 Nurturing Creativity in the Young Child * 3
ECCE 124 Interpersonal Communications * 3
SOCI 206 The Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective * 3
ECCE 126 Field Placement II * 3
Year Two
ECCE 209 Place Based Environments * 3
ECCE 210 Science, Math, & the Outdoor Classroom * 3
ECCE 211 Field Placement III * 3
ECCE 220 Modes of Care for Infants and Toddlers * 3
PSYC 201 Developmental Psychology I * 3
ECCE 205 Inclusive Child Care 3
ECCE 208 Essential Skills for ECE Administrators 3
ECCE 221 Responsive Care & Education for Under 3 3
ECCE 222 Field Placement IV 3
ECCE 223 Journey to Professionalism 3
 Total Credits60

Courses required for the Certificate

Important documents


  • High School Graduation or Mature Student
  • English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12 or Equivalent*
  • Criminal Record Check as required under BC Child Care Regulation 
  • Two letters of reference confirming suitability for working with young children, written and dated within one year of the application
  • Up to date written submission of work history (Resume)
  • Proof of compliance with BC's Immunization and TB Control 
  • Comprehensive type written statement (approx. 500-800 words) outlining work and/or volunteer experience with children age birth to six, career goals, and reasons for taking the ECCE program

Note.  Students will be required to take the CAT (English Placement) once admitted.  Those with an unsatisfactory score will have the option of English upgrading and a modified course load.

*Students who wish to complete only CMTN’s ECCE Certificate must meet the same admission requirements as those taking ECCE Diploma program. 

*Students applying to the ECE Assistant program require English Studies 11. 

English proficiency is required for all students entering CMTN programs.  Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met.  All admitted students will be required to take the CAT English Placement test.  Those who do not receive a satisfactory score will be advised to take a modified course load and English upgrading. 

Conditional acceptance

Students looking for special or conditional acceptance into the ECCE diploma program must write a letter explaining why, including the time frame needed to meet the outstanding requirement(s).  Submit the letter along with your application to the Admissions Officer.  Conditional or special circumstance acceptances occur on a case-by-case basis. 

Need help with the application process?  Contact an Educational Advisor.

Fees Domestic International
Full Time: 30 Credits 30 Credits
Tuition:1 $3,084.90 $13,111.20
Student Union Fees: $93.28 $93.28
Mandatory Fees: $236.40 $285.38
Health and Dental Insurance*: $275.00 $585.82
Tuition Total: $3,689.58 $14,075.68
Additional Costs:
Books: 2
$1,500.00 $1,500.00
$800.00 $800.00
$700.00 $700.00
Total Program Costs: $6,689.58 $17,075.68

Fees are effective as of August 1, 2023 for the 2023/24 Academic Year.


These fees are an annual cost. Program takes two years to complete.


Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.

Note: Travel to weekend workshops may be required at students' expense.

The Coast Mountain Students Union (CMSU) is pleased to offer Extended Health and Dental Insurance to all qualifying members. The plan is mandatory for all students enrolled in 6 or more credits or a trades program of 26 weeks or longer. Some students, including those studying overseas and those with existing extended health coverage, are eligible to opt out. Visit to learn more about the plan or request to opt out. You will also receive a detailed introductory email no later than 6 weeks after your semester starts. For any inquiries about the plan, please contact the Students’ Union Organiser : Golnoosh Namazi,


Basic Health insurance is mandatory for all international students. Health insurance costs will be charged every term until students provide proof of MSP.

Career opportunities 

Early childhood educators are in high demand in BC and the rest of Canada.  BC’s 2025 Labour Market Outlook Report ranks early childhood educators in the top 15 careers with greatest job openings. 

ECCE graduates have the opportunity to find employment in a variety of settings:

  • Group daycares for children between birth and 12 years
  • In-home small group or family childcare
  • Preschools
  • Programs such as Aboriginal HeadStarts (on and off-reserve), School Districts’ StrongStart, Supported Child Development (Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal), Infant Development, Aboriginal Infant Development and Family Resource

You may also utilize your ECCE education to obtain employment as an Education Assistant in northern BC Kindergartens and Grade 1.  Municipal Parks and Recreation recruit those with ECEA and ECE/ITE certificates for children’s programs as well as other community services such as Transition (Safe) homes, Children Who Witness Abuse programs, and respite care homes and services.