Early Childhood Education Post-Basic Diploma (Infant Toddler and Special Needs)

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The purpose of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Post-Basic Diploma is to prepare graduates to work in licensed infant toddler and inclusive childcare settings. The ECCE Post-Basic Diploma includes three components: the Basic ECCE, and the integrated Post-Basic ECCE Infant Toddler and Special Needs.

The ECCE Post-Basic Diploma will provide graduates with an enriched and comprehensive knowledge of child development and best practices in both areas: working with infants and toddlers as well as children with exceptionalities. Each course in the program will cover integrated competencies from both specialty areas, which will result in a higher level of professional competence for graduates of the program.

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

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September ECCE Basic Certificate - 2 years part-time, ECCE Post-Basic Diploma - 15 months part-time Diploma Downtown Part-time

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This program runs only until the end of June, 2018. To obtain the IT training please look at our new ECCE Post-Basic Diploma program.

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

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Program Description

Program Description


ECCE Basic Certificate Exit:

After successfully completing the courses in the ECCE Certificate program students will have the option of exiting the program with the ECCE Certificate. This credential qualifies for the Early Childhood Educator Certification granted from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The duration of this program is two years of part-time or one year of full-time study (960 hours of combined lecture, field observation, and practicum). The maximum time for completion is three years.

ECCE Post-Basic Diploma Program:

Students continuing with advanced, post-basic education (Infant Toddler and Special Needs will graduate with the ECCE Post-Basic Diploma. This credential additionally qualifies for the Infant Toddler and Special Needs Educator Certifications granted from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The duration of the post-basic program is 15 months, part-time (830 hours of combined lecture, field observation, and practicum). The maximum time for completion is two years.

The maximum time between completion of the ECCE Certificate and enrolling to the ECCE Post Basic Diploma is five years.


On completion of the ECCE Post-Basic Diploma, graduates will be able to:

1. Protect and promote the psychological and physical safety, health and well-being of infants and toddlers and children with exceptionalities

2. Develop and maintain a warm, caring, and responsive relationship with each child and with groups of children

3. Administer daily experiences that support and promote children’s physical, emotional, social, communication, cognitive, ethical and creative lives

4. Use pedagogical narrations to interpret and respond to every child's skills, abilities, interests and needs with special focus on infants and toddlers and children who need extra support

5. Analyze variations in development among infants and toddlers

6. Establish and maintain an open, cooperative relationship with each child’s family

7. Establish and maintain inclusive, 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. Practice administrative and management skills as related to early care and learning settings

11. Advocate for high-quality, accessible, and comprehensive early care and learning settings


Courses combine classroom lectures, presentations, discussions, practical exercises, and individual and group work.

Students take an active role and learn by observing early childhood programs during field trips and off-site field studies.

Students are exposed to the new ECCE resources SECD (Science of Early Child Development).

Guest speakers are invited for every course in order to provide community awareness and connections for the students.

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


Students are evaluated through a variety of methods including:

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

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 1.67 (55-59%) C-. If this level of achievement is not reached, students may be placed on probation.

Students failing to maintain a minimum GPA in each semester may be required to withdraw from the ECCE program, or may be prevented from registering for the following term.


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates are awarded a VCC Early Childhood Care and Education Post-Basic Diploma.

Successful graduates are eligible to apply for BC ECCE Certification to Practice and BC ECCE Infant Toddler Certification and ECCE Special Needs Certification to Practice from the Ministry of Children and Family Development, ECE Registry.


Early Childhood Education Post-Basic Diploma:

Fall Term

  • ECCE 2313 Advanced Child Growth & Development IT/SN
  • ECCE 2314 Advanced Field Study IT/SN
  • ECCE 2315 Advanced Health, Safety and Nutrition IT/SN

    Winter Term

  • ECCE 2200 Enhancing Family Relationships
  • ECCE 2300 Childcare Administration

    Spring Term

  • ECCE 2316 Role of the Caregiver IT
  • ECCE 2317 Role of the Caregiver SN
  • ECCE 2320 Professional Perspectives
  • ECCE 2235 Infant Practicum
  • ECCE 2230 Special Needs Practicum 1

    Fall Term

  • ECCE 2316 Role of the Caregiver IT
  • ECCE 2317 Role of the Caregiver SN
  • ECCE 2335 Toddler Practicum
  • ECCE 2330 Special Needs Practicum 2

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

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


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.


There are two entry pathways into the ECCE Post-Basic Diploma: Basic Entry and Post-Basic Entry.

For Basic Entry, the admission requirements are:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Proof of English Proficiency: English 12 with a minimum ‘C’ 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 two written letters of reference indicating suitability for the program
  • 40 hours of volunteering work in a licensed childcare facility in BC
  • Successful interview with the Program Coordinator 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 and emotionally mature to meet the demands of working with young children)

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



    -Measles, Mumps, and Rubella

    -Hepatitis B

    -Influenza (on an annual basis)

    -Chicken Pox

    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 Records 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 a Criminal Record Check online.

    B) For Post-Basic Entry, the admission requirements are the same as above (with the exception of 40 hours of volunteering work) and: • Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate from Vancouver Community College or other approved training institution as per BC Ministry of Children and Family Development Early Childhood Education Registry

    Recommended Characteristics:


    The ECCE Diploma is designed to meet the needs of adult learners who reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community.

    The following attributes are recommended:

    • 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

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Program Coordinator: Katarina Jovanovic, VCC ECCE, 604.871.7000, ext. 8660
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