Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma

Faculty of Education, Health & Human Development
School of Education & Childhood Studies


Program Highlights

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

Education courses in the diploma meet the requirements of the Early Childhood Educator Registry for the ECE Certificate to Practice; Infant/Toddler Certificate to Practice and/or the Special Needs Certificate to Practice. Students who successfully complete an ECCE diploma are eligible to apply to the degree program.

Students in the diploma program are eligible to apply to the ECE Registry (Ministry of Children and Family Development) for the following credentials:

  • ECCE Basic Certificate
  • Infant Toddler Certificate
  • Special Needs Certificate
  • Demonstrate pedagogical practices that are connected to contemporary theoretical approaches of learning, thinking and teaching in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education.
  • Work collaboratively with children, families, colleagues and community to provide relevant and responsive caring and educational experiences.
  • Use ethical pedagogical practices that demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to local and global issues related to Early Childhood Care and Education.
  • Engage in pedagogical practices that demonstrate mastery of the competencies required to be licensed and employed as an Early Childhood Educator in British Columbia.


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ECCE 100 Level Courses

Total credits: 27.00

EDUC 121Introduction to Centre Administration3.00 credits
EDUC 159Working with Young Children in Inclusive Group Settings3.00 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: 18.50

EDUC 240Advanced Child Development3.00 credits
EDUC 244Theoretical Perspectives3.00 credits
EDUC 251Centre Operations3.00 credits
EDUC 276Applied Theory - Practicum I3.00 credits
EDUC 277Applied Theory - Practicum II3.50 credits
EDUC 281Family, School and Community3.00 credits


ECCE 300 Level Courses - Infant Toddler/Special Needs

Total credits: 8.00

Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
EDUC 348Program Planning, Physical Care and Safety for Infants and Toddlers3.00 credits
EDUC 354Planning for Inclusive Practice3.00 credits
Choose 5.00 credits from the following list:
EDUC 349Applied Theory Infant/Toddler Practicum5.00 credits
EDUC 390Applied Theory: Inclusive Practice Practicum5.00 credits
Note: Students are required to take a total of 8.00 credits from either the Infant Toddler stream or the Special Needs stream. Only courses from one stream will be accepted as credit towards the diploma.


Breadth Requirements

Total credits: 9.00

ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
ENGL or CMNS 100-level or higher3.00 credits
University-level Elective3.00 credits


Total program credits: 62.50

Program Notes

C- is the minimum acceptable grade in all courses within the diploma. Students must also meet the university graduation requirements.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Sep 4, 2018 - Jun 5, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 8, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 19, 2019 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status

English 12 or English 12 First Peoples. Recommended but not required: A minimum grade point average of 2.0 (60%) calculated on English 12 or English 12 First Peoples and three academic Grade 12 courses. Admissions preference may be given to students with English Lit 12 as one of the three academic Grade 12 courses.

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.

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


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