Delivery Method: In-class
Duration:
Early Childhood Educator Basic Certificate: 58 weeks, including 8 weeks of practicum
Early Childhood Educator Post-Basic Diploma: 29 weeks, including 12 weeks of practicum
Advanced Entry:
Early Childhood Educator Basic Certificate: 46 weeks, including 8 weeks of practicum
Early Childhood Educator Post-Basic Diploma: 29 weeks, including 12 weeks of practicum
Paid Co-op (Optional): 23 weeks
Start: January, April, September
Wages: $16-$30/hour
Recognized By: Early Childhood Educator Registry
Credit Transfer (Articulation): Graduates are granted transfer credits toward 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. Most start their career working as ECE Assistants during the program. 

Subject to immigration status, Stenberg graduates with their Basic certificate can expect to earn $16-$23/hour, and graduates with their Post-Basic diploma can expect to earn $20-$30 hour. 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

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. 

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

Pre-requisites:

  • 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 can enter the eight-month Advanced Diploma in Business Management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), one of Canada’s largest business schools.

Credit Transfer to British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Stenberg Early Childhood Education program

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58 Weeks

BCIT Advanced Diploma In Business Management

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8 Months Full-Time

BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

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1 Year Full-Time

After completing BCIT’s Advanced Diploma in Business Management, students have the option to enroll in 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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