Program Highlights

The Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Certificate provides students with the competencies and knowledge required to work with children under the age of five in licensed preschools and childcare centres.

Upon successful completion of the ECCE Certificate program, students are eligible to apply for their ECCE Basic Certificate through the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

This program does not accept applications. However, students can apply to the Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma and work towards earning this credential.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$5875 $2303 $8178
Year 2$0 $0 $0
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$5875 $2303 $8178

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

ECCE 100 Level Courses

Total credits: 27.00

EDUC 121Introduction to Centre Administration3.00 credits
EDUC 159Introduction to Critical Social Justice in ECCE3.00 credits
EDUC 166Child Development I3.00 credits
EDUC 168Child Development II3.00 credits
EDUC 173Curriculum Development I3.00 credits
EDUC 178Caring & Learning in Early Years Settings3.00 credits
EDUC 179Guiding Young Children3.00 credits
EDUC 183Curriculum Development II3.00 credits
EDUC 190Observing & Recording: Thinking with the E.L.F.3.00 credits


ECCE 200 Level Courses

Total credits: 12.50

EDUC 244Theoretical Perspectives3.00 credits
EDUC 276Applied Theory - Practicum I3.00 credits
EDUC 277Applied Theory - Practicum II3.50 credits
EDUC 281Family, School and Community3.00 credits


Breadth Requirements

Total credits: 3.00

ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits


Total program credits: 42.50

Program Notes

This certificate is embedded within the Degree and Diploma programs.

Continuation in each term of the programs is dependent upon the demonstration of satisfactory interpersonal, academic, and teaching/guiding skills. C- is the minimum acceptable grade in all courses within the certificate. Students must also meet the university graduation requirements.

Important Dates

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

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