Delivery Method: In-class
Basic Certificate Duration: 58 weeks (46 weeks for direct entry), including 8 weeks of practicum
Post-Basic Diploma Duration: 29 weeks, including 12 weeks of practicum
Paid Co-op (Optional): 23 weeks
Surrey Campus: April & September 2024
Vancouver Campus: September 2024 & January 2025
Wages: $26-$32/hour (includes a $6/hour government wage enhancement)
Recognized By: Early Childhood Educator Registry
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Articulation - Direct Pathway (Post-Graduation): Graduates are eligible to apply for BCIT’s Business Management Advanced Diploma. Upon completion, they can continue to BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).
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About the Career

Early Childhood Educators (ECE) teach children during their formative years, from birth to age five. They develop and implement educational programs that stimulate children’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth.  

There is an overwhelming demand for qualified Early Childhood Educators in Canada. 100% of our ECE graduates are employed in the field within six months of program completion, and many are hired directly out of practicum.

Subject to immigration status, Stenberg graduates with their Basic certificate can expect to earn $26-$32/hour (includes a $6/hour government wage enhancement), and graduates with their Post-Basic diploma can expect to earn $28-$32/hour (includes a $6/hour government wage enhancement). Graduates find employment in:

  • Profit or non-profit childcare centres
  • Parent participation preschools
  • Private nursery schools
  • Kindergartens
  • Inclusive childcare preschools
  • Before and after school care centres
  • Group daycares
  • Family daycares
  • Other child-minding services
Early Childhood Education in Preschool

About Our Early Childhood Education Programs

To become a Certified Early Childhood Educator in B.C., you are required to complete a training program from an approved educational institution, such as Stenberg College in Canada. Graduates of our program will be registered with the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development’s ECE Registry.

ECE Basic Certificate

Our ECE Basic certificate is 58 weeks and includes eight weeks of practicum experience. Graduates are prepared to support the learning and development of children between the ages of three and five.

After only two months in the program, you will receive your ECE Assistant License and be able to work part-time as an ECE Assistant. A requirement to work as an Early Childhood Education Assistant in a licensed childcare facility in BC is to be certified by the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Registry. Stenberg College’s ECE Basic Program students can request a transcript upon completing the Early Childhood Education Assistant courses offered within our ECE Registry-recognized ECE Basic Program and apply for certification through the ECE Registry’s equivalency process. For more information about the process, visit the ECE Registry website.

NOTE: Stenberg College does not have a stand-alone recognized Early Childhood Education Assistant program with the ECE Registry or PTIB. However, we offer a fully recognized ECE Basic Certificate Program, an ECE Post-Basic Infant Toddler Early Childhood Educator Program, an ECE Post-Basic Special Needs Early Childhood Educator Program, and a Combined Post-Basic Infant Toddler and Special Needs Early Childhood Educator program.

ECE Post-Basic Diploma

Our Post-Basic diploma is 29 weeks and includes 12 weeks of practicum experience. You will gain the skills to support infants and toddlers (children from infancy to three years of age), and children with special needs. It will also prepare you for a broader range of administrative responsibilities, including working in a supervisory capacity as a manager, consultant, or daycare owner.

Cooperative Work Experience 

You will have the option to add a 23-week paid co-op to your program. 

Admission Requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation or 19 years of age
  • Proof of 50 hours of volunteer work with children aged 3-5
  • Reference letter stating suitability to work with children
  • Completion of ‘Program & Career Outcomes’ form

Language Proficiency Requirements:

Early Childhood Educator Basic certificate 

  • Overall IELTS Test score* of 5.5 with no component less than 5.5 for Speaking and Listening, 5.0 for Reading and Writing (or other ESL equivalencies as determined by Stenberg).
  • Advanced Entry: Overall IELTS Test score* of 6.0 with no component less than 6.0 for Speaking and Listening, 5.5 for Reading and Writing (or other ESL equivalencies as determined by Stenberg).

*Must be within the last 2 years.

Program Courses

Post-Graduation Pathways

Articulation Agreement with BCIT

Stenberg College’s ECE graduates are eligible to apply for Advanced Diploma in Business Management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), one of Canada’s largest business schools.

Direct pathway to British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Stenberg Early Childhood Education program

58 Weeks

BCIT Advanced Diploma In Business Management

1 Year Full-Time

BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

1 Year Full-Time

After completing BCIT’s Advanced Diploma in Business Management, students have the option to apply for BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), and complete their degree in one year.

Our Faculty

Accreditation and Recognition

Stenberg College is designated 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 public and private institutions. This program is also approved by the Registrar. 

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