logo

Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate


Early Childhood Care and Education will prepare graduates to work in licensed early learning and care settings in BC. With a focus on children from birth to six years of age this program offers students the knowledge and skills to provide high quality service for young children and their families.

On completion of the ECCE Certificate Program, students may continue their studies to obtain the ECCE Post-Basic Diploma.

Program Status:
Accepting applications for Fall 2018 intake will be open starting January 8

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September Two years. Two nights per week and one Saturday per month. Certificate Downtown Part-time

Apply Now

Apply Now

International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

Online Mail In Person
If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit the Registration Desk at our Downtown campus, 2nd floor, 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver [map & business hours]

Program Description

Program Description

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of the Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate, our graduates will be able to:

1. Protect and promote the psychological and physical safety, health, and well-being of each child
2. Develop and maintain a warm, caring, and responsive relationship with each child and with groups of children
3. Plan and provide daily experiences that support and promote each child’s physical, emotional, social, communication, cognitive, ethical, and creative lives
4. Use pedagogical narrations to interpret and respond to children’s skills, abilities, interests, and needs
5. Integrate knowledge of current child growth and development theory and research into work and childcare settings
6. Establish and maintain an open, cooperative relationship with each child’s family
7. Establish and maintain supportive, collaborative relationships with others working in the early care and learning setting
8. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other community service providers working with the child
9. Reflect on one’s own knowledge, attitudes, and skills and take appropriate action for change
10. Contribute to the effective management and administration of early care and learning settings
11. Advocate for high-quality, accessible, and comprehensive early care and learning settings

INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES, DESIGN AND DELIVERY MODE

Courses combine classroom lectures, presentations, discussions, practical exercises, and individual and group work. Students take an active role, learning by observing early childhood programs during field trips and off-site field studies.

Practica students receive on-site support and supervision from college instructors and sponsors who are qualified early childhood educators.

PROGRAM DURATION

Two years (six terms) of part-time study. Two nights per week and one Saturday per month. 960 hours.

Students have a maximum of three years to complete the program.

Successful graduates are eligible to apply for the Early Childhood Educator Certification from the Ministry for Children and Family Development, Early Childhood Education Registry.


EVALUATION OF STUDENT LEARNING

Students are evaluated through a variety of methods including:

  • Quizzes
  • Tests
  • Essays
  • Assignments
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Participation
  • Group work

Students will not be allowed to progress if the minimum 1.67 GPA requirement is not met.

CREDENTIAL

Upon successful completion of all course requirements, graduates are awarded a Vancouver Community College Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate.

Successful graduates are also eligible to apply for a B.C. License to Practice from the Ministry for Children and Family Development, Early Childhood Education Registry.


REQUIRED COURSE(S):

Year One

Year Two


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • High school graduation or equivalent;
  • Proof of B.C. Grade 12 English proficiency with a minimum ‘C’ or or the English Language Assessment (http://www.vcc.ca/applying/registration-services/englishlanguage-proficiency-requirements/)
  • 19 years or older
  • Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Minimum of 40 hours volunteer/work experience in licensed daycare or preschool with written proof of hours on organization letterhead
  • Successful interview with program staff based on criteria


Required for field observations and practicums:

  • Proof of a negative Tuberculosis skin test. If the skin test is positive, proof of a negative chest x-ray is required
  • Physician’s Report (proof that individual is physically healthy, with stamina and emotional maturity to meet the demands of working with young children)

    A VCC Immunization Record must be completed. Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended:

    -Diphtheria/Tetanus,

    -Polio

    -Measles, Mumps, and Rubella

    -Hepatitis B

    -Influenza (on an annual basis)

    -Chicken Pox

  • Minimum two written letters of reference indicating suitability for the program
  • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act. All individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to this program will be responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record Check. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply and pay for the Criminal Record Check online.


    Recommended Characteristics:

    The Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate is designed to meet the needs of adult learners who reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community.

    We recommend the following attributes:

    • Desire to work with children and families in early childhood programs and services
    • Previous experience in working with young children
    • Ability to communicate effectively in English

  • Fees and Other costs


    Application Fee $35
    Tuition Fee Total program tuition fee is approximately $6,552


    Info Sessions

    Info Sessions

    Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate (ECCE) prepares graduates to work in licensed preschools and childcare centres. This Continuing Studies program offers students the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality service for children ages three to five years old.


    Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200 block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.





    View all Info Sessions/Tours >>

    Contact Us/Request Info

    Contact Us/Request Info

    Questions?

    Before you send us an email, please ensure you have reviewed

    As well, if you meet any of the following criteria, please follow the links for more information, instead of sending the form:

    Contact us:

    Program Coordinator: Katarina Jovanovic, VCC ECCE, 604.871.7000, ext. 8660
    Program Assistant: Melanie Yeung, VCC ECCE, 604.871.7000, ext. 8635

    Ask a question

    Course Schedule

    Courses Schedule

     

    This program is application based. Before you register in any of the courses listed below, please ensure you have applied and been accepted to the program. Apply to the program now.


    Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2018 (201891)

    (ECCE 1305) Child Growth 1 2.0 credits    $387.95



    This course presents a comprehensive overview of human development from conception through five years of age with particular emphasis on the early childhood years. Course content focuses on current research, trends, and issues, and introduces students to the importance of observation and individual variations in the developmental process.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10280 DTN Rm. 205A
    RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1845 - 2145
    04-Jan-2018
    to 22-Mar-2018
    McCarthy, Sarah
      10280 DTN Rm. 113C
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1000 - 1400
    17-Feb-2018
    McCarthy, Sarah
      10314 DTN Rm. 205B
    RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1845 - 2145
    04-Jan-2018
    to 15-Mar-2018
    Qayumi, Shahnaz
      10314 DTN Rm. 113A
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1000 - 1400
    17-Feb-2018
    Qayumi, Shahnaz
      10314 DTN Rm. 113A
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1000 - 1400
    10-Mar-2018
    Qayumi, Shahnaz


    (ECCE 1306) Field Study 2 1.5 credits    $220.40



    The purpose of this community-based observation is to broaden students’ understanding of young children and to apply critical thinking skills and analyses in linking early childhood theory to practice. The course relates specifically to content in ECCE 1305 Child Growth 1 course offerings in this given term.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10281 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    04-Jan-2018
    to 22-Mar-2018
    McCarthy, Sarah
      10312 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    04-Jan-2018
    to 15-Mar-2018
    Qayumi, Shahnaz


    (ECCE 1307) The Learning Child 2.0 credits    $387.95



    This course will focus on the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed for planning, implementing and promoting play-based learning for young children.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10282 DTN Rm. 419
    TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1845 - 2145
    09-Jan-2018
    to 27-Mar-2018
    Shahghabi, Vida
      10282 DTN Rm. 419
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1000 - 1400
    24-Mar-2018
    Shahghabi, Vida
      10311 DTN Rm. 420
    TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1845 - 2145
    09-Jan-2018
    to 27-Mar-2018
    Jovanovic, Katarina
      10311 DTN Rm. 419
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1000 - 1400
    03-Mar-2018
    Jovanovic, Katarina


    (ECCE 1308) Field Study 3 1.5 credits    $220.40



    The purpose of this community-based observation is to broaden students’ understanding of early childhood settings, to experience and reflect upon similarities and differences in these environments and to apply critical thinking skills and analyses in linking early childhood theory to practice. The course relates specifically to content in ECCE 1307 The Learning Child offered in this given term.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10283 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    09-Jan-2018
    to 27-Mar-2018
    Shahghabi, Vida
      10313 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    09-Jan-2018
    to 27-Mar-2018
    Jovanovic, Katarina


    (ECCE 2102) Music and Movement 2.0 credits    $387.95



    The purpose of this course is to introduce the attitudes, knowledge base and skills for effectively integrating creative movement, drama, dance and music in curriculum and program planning for young children. The course highlights the importance of these experiences to the development of positive self-concept, confidence, creativity and learning in all domains of growth and development.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10294 DTN Rm. 206A
    MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1845 - 2145
    08-Jan-2018
    to 26-Mar-2018
    Chaye, Orah
      10294 DTN Rm. 206A
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0900 - 1600
    27-Jan-2018
    Chaye, Orah
      10431 DTN Rm. 205A
    MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1845 - 2145
    08-Jan-2018
    to 26-Mar-2018
    Adebar, Yvonne
      10431 DTN Rm. 205A
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0900 - 1600
    27-Jan-2018
    Adebar, Yvonne


    (ECCE 2106) Field Study 5 1.5 credits    $220.40



    The purpose of this community-based observation is to broaden students’ understanding of early childhood settings, to experience and reflect upon similarities and differences in these environments and to apply critical thinking skills and analyses in linking early childhood theory to practice. The focus relates specifically to content in the ECCE 2102 Music and Movement course in this given term.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10295 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    08-Jan-2018
    to 26-Mar-2018
    Chaye, Orah
      10430 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    08-Jan-2018
    to 26-Mar-2018
    Adebar, Yvonne


    (ECCE 2305) Practicum 1 4.0 credits    $411.29



    This course offers the opportunity to participate in the role of “Active Observer” in a childcare centre. Observing and participating in program activities enables application of theories, concepts and principles of best early childhood education practice.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10285 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    01-Jan-2018
    to 26-Jan-2018
    TBATo be assigned
      10286 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    29-Jan-2018
    to 23-Feb-2018
    TBATo be assigned
      10287 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    26-Feb-2018
    to 23-Mar-2018
    TBATo be assigned


    (ECCE 2306) Practicum 2 4.0 credits    $411.29



    This course builds on the experiential opportunities in ECCE 2305 Practicum 1. An expectation of growth in confidence, competency and techniques will be confirmed.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10288 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    01-Jan-2018
    to 26-Jan-2018
    TBATo be assigned
      10289 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    29-Jan-2018
    to 23-Feb-2018
    TBATo be assigned
      10290 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    26-Feb-2018
    to 23-Mar-2018
    TBATo be assigned


    (ECCE 2307) Practicum 3 6.0 credits    $411.29



    This course builds on the experiential opportunities in ECCE 2306 Practicum 2. Students will extend their knowledge and participate as an “Assistant Teacher” in a licensed child care centre. An expectation of growth in confidence, competency and techniques will be confirmed..

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10291 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    01-Jan-2018
    to 26-Jan-2018
    TBATo be assigned
      10292 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    29-Jan-2018
    to 23-Feb-2018
    TBATo be assigned
      10293 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    26-Feb-2018
    to 23-Mar-2018
    TBATo be assigned


    (ECCE 2309) Ecology of Family 2.0 credits    $387.95



    This course explores the attitudes, knowledge and skills for building positive relationships with families; planning for meaningful parent involvement and ensuring effective and appropriate links with community resources. The themes of family-centered care, culturally sensitive care, inclusive practice and honouring diversity are highlighted.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10429 DTN Rm. 415
    WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1845 - 2145
    10-Jan-2018
    to 21-Mar-2018
    Ezra, Joan
      10429 DTN Rm. 415
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1000 - 1200
    17-Feb-2018
    Ezra, Joan
      10429 DTN Rm. 415
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1000 - 1200
    17-Mar-2018
    Ezra, Joan
      10467 DTN Rm. 423
    WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1845 - 2145
    10-Jan-2018
    to 28-Mar-2018
    Soldat, Marketa
      10467 DTN Rm. 423
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1000 - 1400
    17-Feb-2018
    Soldat, Marketa


    Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2018 Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2018 Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2019 term(s) are in process.
    Please check back regularly.

    Child Growth 1 (ECCE 1305)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits $387.95
    Child Growth 2 (ECCE 1104)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits N/A
    Communications (ECCE 1303)
    course schedule schedule
    1.0 credits N/A
    Creative Art (ECCE 2301)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits N/A
    Ecology of Family (ECCE 2309)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits $387.95
    Exploring Learning Environments (ECCE 2302)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits N/A
    Field Study 1 (ECCE 1302)
    course schedule schedule
    1.5 credits N/A
    Field Study 2 (ECCE 1306)
    course schedule schedule
    1.5 credits $220.40
    Field Study 3 (ECCE 1308)
    course schedule schedule
    1.5 credits $220.40
    Field Study 4 (ECCE 2303)
    course schedule schedule
    1.5 credits N/A
    Field Study 5 (ECCE 2106)
    course schedule schedule
    1.5 credits $220.40
    Foundations in ECCE (ECCE 1301)
    course schedule schedule
    2.5 credits N/A
    Guiding and Caring (ECCE 1107)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits N/A
    Health, Safety and Nutrition (ECCE 2115)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits N/A
    Integrated Program Planning (ECCE 2304)
    course schedule schedule
    0.5 credits N/A
    Language and Literature (ECCE 2308)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits N/A
    Music and Movement (ECCE 2102)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits $387.95
    Observing and Recording (ECCE 1304)
    course schedule schedule
    1.0 credits N/A
    Practicum 1 (ECCE 2305)
    course schedule schedule
    4.0 credits $411.29
    Practicum 2 (ECCE 2306)
    course schedule schedule
    4.0 credits $411.29
    Practicum 3 (ECCE 2307)
    course schedule schedule
    6.0 credits $411.29
    The Learning Child (ECCE 1307)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits $387.95


    Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



    Refund Policy and Refund Procedure