Graduate Diploma On Campus

Early Childhood Education and Care

Vancouver Island University

24 months
23925 CAD/year
6115 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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Do you want to make a difference? Nurture the curiosity and development of young children by preparing for a rewarding career in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) program from Vancouver Island University. 

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This flexible full or part-time Early Childhood Education and Care diploma program from Vancouver Island University offers in-depth theoretical learning and practical experience working with trained early childhood educators to build connections within the industry.  

The five practicum placements prepare students for careers in licensed early childcare and learning centres, government, early intervention, Aboriginal early learning centres, or schools or post-secondary institutions.

Graduates of the early childhood diploma program have gone on to stimulating careers as early child care assistants and early childhood educator, to name a few.

The Early Childhood Education and Care program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with young children and their families in licensed child care settings. Students progress through an interrelated series of courses and practica designed to integrate theoretical learning, awareness of self in relationships, and practical experience in becoming an Early Childhood Educator. This program may be completed on a part- or full-time basis.

Career Opportunities

In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for qualified individuals to work with young children in child care facilities. Graduates of the program may find employment opportunities in a variety of child care settings such as day care centres, pre-schools, private kindergartens, child care resource and referral, and child and family service agencies. Employment opportunities in the field increase with further training and work experience.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Interpersonal Communication: Theory and Practice
  • Program Planning: Development Through Play
  • Child Development
  • Roots and Trends of Canadian Early Childhood Education Practice
  • Practicum 
  • Program Planning: Creative Expression 
  • Assessing and Supporting Healthy Early Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • graduation from a BC secondary school, or equivalent, with a minimum “C” grade in either English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12;
  • previous degree from a recognized university; 
  • English 12 with a minimum “C” grade, or equivalent.
  • Résumé describing education and employment background.
  • Two letters of reference, completed on a University Reference Form, from persons other than relatives. At least one letter of reference must document completion of 60 hours in a licensed child care facility such as a family childcare, group day care or pre-school.
  • Group interview with the program Chair and faculty to be scheduled during the month of April.
  • Applicants who submit a completed application form by the end of February may be offered an earlier interview date.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23925 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23925 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6115 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6115 CAD per year during 24 months.


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