Early Childhood Education Basic with Co-op

Certificate Program

Total Program Hours:
1720 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
68 Weeks
Includes holidays and professional days.
Delivery Methods:
  • In-Class Instruction
  • Combined Delivery (Both In-Class and Distance)
Program content is subject to change.

This program is suited for Licensed Early Childhood Educators wishing to expand their skills and specializations with a diploma in early childhood education.

This program gives the student the skills and occupational competencies necessary in the industry today based upon the Ministry of Education and Child Care-approved curriculum.

Students will develop a broad range of skills through the study and practice of our certified and approved courses so they will be able to develop and lead daily activities for children. They will be able to carefully select age-appropriate materials for young children and develop programs and activities for the important early years of learning.

They will become nurturing and understanding Caregivers/Educators, who will implement these carefully selected materials and activities to help promote the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and early literacy development in each child. Some of these exciting activities include storytelling and fingerplays, music and movement, songs and games, creative arts and crafts, science and nature opportunities, along with many other activities that support children’s development and learning through play.

They also observe children and communicate professionally, when appropriate, children’s progress and/or needs with parents, other staff members and individuals involved with the child’s development. They attend meetings, workshops and professional development opportunities to continue their learning and progress as competent and qualified Early Childhood Educators. They may also supervise and coordinate the activities of other Early Childhood Educators and ECE Assistants.

Delivery Method: In-Class Instruction and Distance Education (Synchronous and Asynchronous).

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program the student will have developed a broad range of skills through the application and understanding of the following learning outcomes:

  • Cultural, economic, and generational influences on development
  • Main categories and methods of observational recording
  • Current licensing and registration regulations, development of policies and procedures, floor plans, and child care center design
  • Development of partnerships with parents, colleagues, and other service providers
  • Positive contemporary child guidance practices, causes and characteristics of inappropriate behaviour
  • Planning and implementing comprehensive program plans, focusing on social, emotional, cognitive, physical, language and cultural development
  • Activities to facilitate diversity and multi-cultural experiences and concepts to enhance curriculum
  • Creating a positive learning environment that includes fun and engaging music and movement activities, enhancing other learning such as language and language skills
  • Creativity and open-ended, process-oriented creative art activities and experiences
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills and techniques.
  • Design newsletters and communication tools for parents, children and staff
  • Signs and symptoms of common communicable childhood illnesses
  • Goal setting, note taking, problem solving, and team work
  • Interview techniques and creating an employment package

Why Study at Sprott Shaw? 

  • Lifetime access to dedicated Employment Services Specialists (ESS) who can help you with resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and the overall job search after graduation 
  • Lifetime tuition-free access to course refreshers if you ever need to retrain and update your skills 
  • Practicum opportunities with recognized organizations across BC
  • Multiple start dates so you can start your education when you want to without the wait 
  • Career and professional development success courses to help create a career development marketing plan, learn the cardinal rules of professionalism, and identify the target markets and employment resources in the counselling field 
  • Preparation and orientation courses to teach you how to find credible research, write papers, create proper citation formats including APA, and study effectively for exams 
  • All-inclusive program costs where what you see is what you pay. Our costs include registration fees, assessment fees, tuition, textbooks, supplies, course materials, uniforms, certificates, graduation fees, practicum fees, and much more
  • Grant and scholarship opportunities are available to help you save on tuition. Up to $4000 in scholarships and grants are open to recent high school graduates, Sprott Shaw alumni, military veterans, and more! Click here to browse our full list of grants and scholarships

Success Stories

  • “It was a memorable experience for me from the first day I met the advisor, instructor, and classmates. It was a healthy environment. Supporting, encouraging, caring, and there was a natural feeling of understanding and diversity.” – Intira M.
  • “You will finish your program feeling prepared, supported, and ready to move into this career. They will help you from day one until you land the job you want! Highly, highly recommend.” – Jen R.
  • “Sprott Shaw College has helped me establish my teaching career in Canada. Instructors are very helpful and continue to give support in all areas.” – Nathalie L.

Where Are Sprott Shaw Graduates Working? 

Our Early Childhood, Education, and Support graduates can be found working throughout the province. In addition to school districts across BC, our Early Childhood Education and Education Assistant graduates can be found working at daycares and preschools such as CEFA Early Learning and the Boys and Girls Club. 

Community Support Workers and Mental Health and Addiction workers can be found working in women’s shelters, mental health and addiction recovery facilities, homeless shelters, and more. 

Click below to learn more about where our graduates are currently working. Please note that these lists do not cover every single business that has hired a Sprott Shaw graduate, but they do provide a good representation of the sort of industries that Sprott Shaw graduates are working in. 

Related ECE Programs:

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Career Opportunities

Before & After School Care
Cruise Ships and Resorts
Family Child Care
Foster Parenting
Group Child Care
Recreational Programs
Strong Start Facilitator
Supported Child Dev
Young Parent Programs
Admission Requirements:

Applicants must meet all of the pre-requisites listed below, meet their financial obligations to the college at registration, and acknowledge their understanding of SSC’s policies and procedures provided in the Student Handbook, prior to starting classes.

  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview
  • Complete SSC entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the SSC English Entrance Assessment.
Education Level (one of the following):
  • Grade 12 or equivalent (GED, Adult Basic Education) with evidence of a ‘true certified copy’ or original transcript.
  • Mature student status (age 19 and one year out of high school).
Language Proficiency Policy
  • All courses are taught in English, and therefore, a proficiency in the English language is required for enrolment in all Sprott Shaw College (SSC) programs.
  • In addition to, and separate from, the above conditions, there are a number of SSC programs that have a specific English grade and level requirement for entrance. For any language requirement not met (e.g. internationally-educated, English education not in an English-language setting), equivalents may be accepted and are listed on the specific program outline.
  • Unless otherwise stated, applicants with a high school diploma, earned in any province or jurisdiction in Canada where English is the language of instruction, will meet the language requirement. For programs that allow, mature applicants educated in Canada (minimum age of 19 years with one or more years out of high school), and who do not have evidence of the required high school transcript, may need to successfully write SSC’s English entrance assessment if no additional English requirement is listed on the program outline.
English Equivalents for International Students (one of the following):
  • Partnered ESL School Program
Sprott Shaw Language College (SSLC) – one of the following:
  • ESL Skilled Focus (ESL-SF) Level 4
  • ESL Skill Combined (ESC-SC) Level 8
  • Career English (CE)
  • Power Speaking & Modern Media (PMM)
  • Medical English (ME)
  • SSC entrance assessment: English (minimum 20/40)
  • IELTS 5.5 overall
  • TOEFL iBT (minimum score 46)
  • Duolingo English Test – DET (min. 85)
  • TOEIC (min. 640)
  • CELPIP (min. 6 all categories)
  • Michigan English Test – MET (min. 53)
  • CLBPT (min. 6 all categories)
  • Common European Framework of Reference – CEFR (min. Level B1)
  • Cambridge (min. score 160 / CFE Level B1 / CAE Level B2)
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test (min. 40)
  • CanTEST (min. Band 3 in all four categories)
  • Pearson Test of English – PTE (min. 42)
Health Requirement (one of the following):
  •  Student Health Declaration form
  • Physician’s waiver
  • Preference will be given to those who can provide letters of reference detailing volunteer or professional experience working with children indicating their suitability for working in the field of Early Childhood Education
Practice Education Requirement:

Please note certain facilities may require proof of a negative TB test. Without this documentation on the student file, it may limit practicum placement opportunities.

Certificate  Requirements:
  • 70% average upon successful completion of all courses.
First Aid Training
  • Per: the Community Care and Assisted Living Act – Child Care Licensing Regulation (Section 23 and Schedule C), students are trained, and practicum students and employees, require a valid first aid and CPR certificate. The course provided in our program offers 8 hours of instruction, at least 3.5 hours delivered in person, and includes demonstration and skills relevant to matters in respect of children and infants.
  • Students will complete FoodSafe and First Aid – Emergency Child Care First Aid and CPR (1 day) or Emergency First Aid-Community Care (1 day) – during the program.
After successful completion of this certified and approved ECE Certificate Program, in order to register as an Early Childhood Educator in BC (five-year registration), you must apply to the ECE Registry for registration and provide the following:
  • An official transcript issued by Sprott Shaw College of courses completed (photocopies not accepted).
  • A letter of reference attesting to the applicant’s personal suitability to the field of Early Childhood Education and satisfactory completion of the required 500 hours of work experience, written by the supervising Early Childhood Educator with whom the applicant worked.
  • Application can be made for a one-year certificate while obtaining 500 hours of work experience.
  • After successful completion of one of the following courses, application can be made for Assistant Certification (EC100, EC110 or EC180).

A Post-Basic diploma from Sprott Shaw College is given upon successful completion of the following:

  • Basic Early Childhood Education Certificate program
  • Post-Basic – Infant/Toddler Educator Certificate program
  • Post-Basic – Children with Exceptionalities Educator Certificate program
Other Requirements:
  • ECCFACPR – Emergency Child Care First Aid and CPR (1 day).
  • FoodSafe

Note that successful completion of any of the following courses – EC100, EC110 or EC180 individually or as part of a program will allow the student to apply for assistant certification. Successful completion of EC100 includes attendance of a minimum of 90 instructional/classroom hours to be eligible for this certificate.

Note: Child Care sites may require more current and/or additional CRC (for instance: RCMP) and/or other immunizations (to be done at student’s expense) prior to practicum and/or observing. Students are responsible for their own transportation. All three practicum sites are subject to availability. A minimum of two different practicum locations is required.
Practicum training may be conducted in shifts to accommodate placement facilities’ needs (such as 8-hour shifts). Necessary Ministry licensing requirements will be included in the curriculum and scheduled throughout the program.
Students can expect to complete 1 – 3 hours of homework per day.

* Early Childhood Education Basic with Co-op was reviewed and approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

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Courses List

This 68 week Certificate program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • The process of learning and maturation, child growth and development
  • Cultural, economic, and generational influences on development
  • Schedule B needed for child observations in child care centres
  • See EC100 course outline for details on applying for ECE Assistant Certificate

Observing and Recording

  • Main categories and methods of observational recording

  • Current licensing & registration regulations
  • Developing policies & procedures, floor plans, and center design
  • Developing partnerships with parents, colleagues, and other service providers

  • Positive contemporary child guidance practices
  • Understanding the causes and characteristics of inappropriate behaviour

  • Plan and implement comprehensive program plans
  • Focus on social, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative, and cultural development

  • Benefits of an investigative, natural science program
  • Developmentally appropriate activities
  • Ways to maintain curiosity and exploration

  • Activities to facilitate diversity and multicultural experiences
  • Concepts to enhance the curriculum
  • Benefits which include early math and numeracy

  • Create a positive learning environment
  • Fun, engaging music and movement activities
  • Enhance other learning such as language and listening skills

  • Plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate programs that meets the observed needs of children
  • Plan programs that reflect and respect diversity
  • Understand the relationship between the environment and
    the development of children's behaviour

  • Skills and strategies conducive to learning in a college atmosphere, orientation to the college environment, using technology, knowing college policies and procedures.
  • Time management, writing and using citations, study strategies, student budgeting, and wellness/self-care/stress management.
  • An orientation to the PCP program and the emergency medicine professions.
  • Prepare for upcoming studies, learning environments, and work experience placements throughout the program.

  • 3-week practicum - Includes Touch Back Lab
  • Practice physical and emotional 'caring' skills
  • Observe guidance techniques and display knowledge of appropriate skills
  • Implement planned activities for individuals and small groups

  • 3-week practicum - Includes Touch Back Lab
  • Attend to personal care needs of children
  • Practice guiding skills
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate activities for small groups

  • 4-week practicum- Includes Touch Back Lab
  • Extend knowledge, skills, and attitude
  • Observing and assessing
  • Guidance
  • Language and creative development
  • Working in a team, and professional behaviour

Strategies for Student Success:

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources

  • Understanding of creativity
  • Special needs / cultural diversity
  • Workshop experiences

  • Signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses
  • Developing safe and secure environments for young children
  • Policies and procedures for licensing requirements for observing and reporting abuse and neglect
  • Snack and meal planning, and applying the Canada Food Guide in childcare settings

  • Demonstrate professional communication skills which are mutually supportive of co-workers, families and communities.
  • Apply knowledge of and respect for cultural, socioeconomic and family diversity.
  • Demonstrate professional growth, attitude and conduct, including adherence to the Code of Ethics and ability to advocate.
  • CPR & First Aid (1 day) and FoodSafe.

  • Describe verbal and non-verbal communication techniques
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to a wide range of
  • Individual communication style

  • Basic Language Arts
  • Literacy goals for three to five-year olds
  • Plan / implement activities for young children

  • Understanding of creativity
  • Special needs / cultural diversity
  • Workshop experiences

  • Basic language arts
  • Literacy goals for three- to five-year-olds
  • Plan/implement activities for young children

  • Paid work experience to apply skills learned in the program -23 week duration

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