Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Delta Early Childhood Education Program

Delta Continuing Education has been teaching Early Childhood Education in various forms since 1969, when it was the “Kindergarten and Preschool Teacher Training” program.  Delta Continuing Education is provincially approved as a training institution for Early Childhood Education Basic and Post-Basic Certificates, and is certified by Human Resources & Social Development Canada.

The Delta Early Childhood Education Basic Certificate meets the academic requirements necessary to apply for a provincial Licence to Practise as an Early Childhood Educator.  Post-Basic courses allow Basic Certificate holders to pursue the additional License to Practice as a Special Needs Educator (working with children requiring extra support) and/or the License to Practice as an Infant/ Toddler Educator (working with children under 30 months of age).

E.C.E. Program Information Sessions are held throughout the year.  For the next available date, please visit https://cimsweb.deltasd.bc.ca/publicconnect/deevents.aspx .

Early Childhood Education (E.C.E) Basic Certificate

2 Year Part-Time Evening Program

The Delta Early Childhood Education Basic Certificate program prepares students to work in a licensed child care facility, supporting children who have varying family, cultural, and individual needs. To work as a licensed Early Childhood Educator in B.C., you are required to have received training from an Early Childhood Educator Registry-approved training program such as Delta Early Childhood Education.  Approved programs offer course curriculum that fulfils provincial requirements and prepares students for licensure and employment in the Early Childhood Education sector in B.C.  The Delta E.C.E. Basic Certificate Program is offered on a part-time evening schedule with daytime practicums.

View or download an Information Package, including scheduling, fees, policies, and application forms:

2022 Fall Intake – Basic ECE Info Package

Early Childhood Education Diploma - Post-Basic Studies for Special Needs and Infant/Toddler

The diploma studies program is an extension of the Early Childhood Education Basic Certificate program and provides an opportunity for career and educational advancement for ECE graduates. Students must have completed all the academic work in the ECE Basic Certificate program prior to applying for the Post-Basic courses that make up the ECE Diploma. The advanced courses lead to a License to Practice as a Special Needs Early Childhood Educator, working in integrated settings with children requiring extra support, and/or a License to Practice as an Infant and Toddler Early Childhood Educator, working with children under three years old.  You may opt to complete one specialization and receive a certificate in that specialty only or, if you complete the courses for both the Special Needs and the Infant /Toddler specializations, you will be granted a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.  Both areas of specialization consist of 4 common core courses, as well as one specialty course and a practicum.  Students may start post-basic courses in September, January, or April.

View or download an Information Package, including scheduling, fees, policies, and application forms:

2022 Fall Intake – Post Basic ECE Info Package

Introduction to Early Childhood Education - Assistant Program

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate – Part-time

The ECE  Assistant Program, regularly scheduled to begin each January, is next planned for January 2023.

ECE Assistant Information Package – Jan 2023 Intake

Student Bursary Program, Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, have enhanced and expanded the ECE Bursary Program, now known as the ECE Education Support Fund. The ECE Education Support Fund is open to all students who are studying for an ECE credential, including the Delta ECE Basic certificate and ECE Post-Basic certificates (Infant & Toddler and/or Special Needs).

To learn more about this funding, visit: http://www.ecebc.ca/programs/student_bursary.html