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.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallBoth
Squamish Learning CentreFallBoth
Sunshine CoastFallBoth

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$4,492 $1,638 $6,130
Year 2$4,908 $1,638 $6,546
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$9,400 $3,276 $12,676

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: 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 Infant Toddler/Special Needs Courses

Total credits: 8.00

Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
EDUC 282Responsive Pedagogies with Infants and Toddlers3.00 credits
EDUC 284Planning 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


Students laddering into the ECCE Degree should select a Cap Core numeracy for the university-level elective.

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.

Students planning to complete the Bachelor of Early Childhood Care and Education should select a Cap Core numeracy course for their university-level elective.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 23, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Mar 30, 2021 - Sep 7, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 23, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Mar 30, 2021 - Sep 7, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 23, 2021 4:00 PM

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

Admission Notes

Applicants admitted into the Squamish or Sunshine Coast ECCE diploma may be required to register for courses in NV in order to complete the diploma program requirements.

Transfer students into the diploma who have their BC ECE Registry certificates to practice should submit a copy of their certificates to practice when they apply, as well as complete the transfer credit form.

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

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