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Early Childhood Education Post-Basic (Diploma)

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
920 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
32 Weeks
Includes holidays and professional days.
Delivery Methods:
  • In-Class Instruction
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.

The post-basic diploma in early childhood education combines the Infant & Toddler development certificate content with the Children with Exceptionalities content involving working with children who require extra support in childcare settings.

Graduates from the Post-Basic diploma are able to expand their coverage to Birth to 5 years

Students in this program will develop a broad range of skills through the study and practice of certified courses in order to develop and lead daily age-appropriate activities for children aimed to help promote social, emotional, physical, cognitive and early literacy development.

Students learn to 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.

Graduates are eligible to apply for an Early Childhood Educator Certificate from the Ministry of Education and Child Care.

This program includes practicum placement. This experience within a workplace enables Instructional staff to observe the student in a practice situation while providing the student with the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the chosen career field.

This diploma in early childhood education will expand upon the skills gained through the Early Childhood Education Basic program. Greater opportunities exist for those who provide special needs daycare. As licensed care expands, caregivers with formal credentials will have better opportunities.

This specialty provides advanced training in ECE competencies for individuals interested in working with Children With Exceptionalities and Infant and Toddler Care.

Sprott Shaw is a member of Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC).

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 childcare 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 the curriculum
  • Creating a positive learning environment that includes fun and engaging music and movement activities, enhancing other learning such as language and language skills
  • The use of concepts and activities from LEAP BC 2010
  • Resource Booklet and recognizing movement categories and motor 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 teamwork

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:

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

Prior to Acceptance:

  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals).
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment.
Domestic Students:
  • 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 English Entrance Assessment.
International Students:

International students can meet the English requirement by completing or demonstrating one of the following three options:

  • Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR
  • Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOFEL Score of 70, OR
  • Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL schools.
  • Provide evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a signed vaccination waiver on file.

Excellent communication skills (composition), signing a medical/criminal waiver, completing a health declaration form (or physician’s waiver), and submitting a criminal record check (must be Public Safety & Solicitor General:  Schedule B).  (All must be done no more than three months before the start date of the program).

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.
Diploma  Requirements:
  • 70% average upon successful completion of all courses, including courses given a complete.
  • Before a Certificate to Practice is issued in a Post-Basic specialty, an applicant must first be certified as an Early Childhood Educator in British Columbia with the ECE Registry.  An Early Childhood Educator wishing to receive a certificate in either Infant/Toddler Post-Basic Education and/or Children with Exceptionalities Post-Basic Education should submit a current application form to the ECE Registry with the Ministry of Education and Child Care and include an official transcript of the relevant courses successfully completed, issued by Sprott Shaw College (photocopies not accepted).
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

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 Post-Basic (Diploma) was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

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Courses List

This 32 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • Creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for infants/toddlers as well as children who require additional supports

  • Review of comprehensive knowledge of the range of historic and current theoretical approaches to child growth and development

  • A comprehensive overview of the competent development, implementation and maintenance of all policies and procedures for the administration, funding, government policy and advocacy areas of managing childcare settings and services

  • A thorough presentation of the importance of parent, school, and community collaboration and increased knowledge of and respect for cultural, socioeconomic and family diversity

  • The study of exceptionality (special education and supported childcare)
  • Neurological disabilities, special health care needs, severe and multiple Disabilities, pervasive disorders and visual and hearing impairments
  • Plan accessible, inclusive indoor and outdoor play environments
  • Develop positive approaches for guiding, caring and interacting with children with challenging behaviours

  • The study of exceptionality (special education and supported childcare)
  • Neurological disabilities, special health care needs, severe and multiple disabilities, pervasive disorders and visual and hearing impairments
  • Plan accessible, inclusive indoor and outdoor play environments
  • Develop positive approaches for guiding, caring and interacting with children with challenging behaviours

  • 4-week practicum (includes Touch Back Lab)
  • Observe, monitor and record each child's developmental progress
  • Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs and activities for children who require additional supports
  • Promote and understand inclusion
  • Use specialized equipment, adaptations and materials as needed and/or prescribed

  • Planning, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate programs and routines
  • Caregiving and educating: philosophy and practise, observing infants, toddlers and two-year-olds
  • Explaining behaviour and understanding the growth and development of infants and toddlers

  • Planning, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate programs and routines
  • Caregiving and educating: philosophy and practise, observing infants, toddlers and two-year-olds
  • Explaining behaviour and understanding growth and development of infants and toddlers

  • 4-week practicum (includes Touch Back Lab)
  • Observe, monitor and record each child's developmental progress
  • Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs and activities
  • Practise physical and emotional ‘caring’ skills

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