Early Childhood Education Post-Basic Children with Exceptionalities

Certificate Program

Total Program Hours:
560 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
20 Weeks
Includes holidays and professional days.
Delivery Methods:
  • In-Class Instruction
Program content is subject to change.

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 students will work with children who require extra support in childcare settings. Graduates are able to expand their coverage to birth to 5 years and are able to apply for an ECE Special Needs Educator License. This specialty provides advanced training in ECE competencies for individuals interested in working with Children With Exceptionalities and/or 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 certifying 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 Early Childhood Special Education 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.

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. 

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Career Opportunities

Child Care Center Supervisor
Day Care Assistant
Early Childhood Educator
Family Child Care
Group Child Care
Rec. Program Childminding
Strong Start Facilitator
Supported Child Dev
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.

  • ECE Basic Certification
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
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)
    • CLBPT (min. 6 all categories)
    • Michigan English Test – MET (min. 53)
    • 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
Certificate  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

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.

Other Requirements (less than 3 months prior to starting classes):
  • 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.
  • Excellent communication skills (written composition).
  • Signed medical/criminal waiver.
  • Criminal Record Check (within 3 months of start date of program – Schedule B from Public Safety and Solicitor General).
  • Provide evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a signed vaccination waiver on file.



* Early Childhood Education Post-Basic Children with Exceptionalities 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 20 week Certificate 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

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