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Indigenous Early Childhood Education Diploma

Program Description

 This is an 8-month diploma program specialising in Infant, Toddler, and/or Special Needs. It supports and promotes Indigenous Peoples’ worldview about their children and increases knowledge in child development related to infant and toddlers, and special needs.  The program is rooted in the Indigenous perspectives and wisdom of child rearing and traditional ways of contributing to and relying on the community. 

Students will acquire the necessary skills and competencies for successful and multidirectional career paths in ECE. Course content includes Indigenous approaches to childrearing; learning how to put the BC Early Learning Framework (ELF) and the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework (IELCC) into practice; and how to support and promote Indigenous children’s identity development and connections with their Nation’s cultural practices and traditions.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Indigenous Early Childhood Educator Certificate, the learner will be able to

2. Connect Indigenous infants and toddlers to cultural practices, traditions, and knowledges related to their Nations and Peoples

1. Think critically about the ongoing history of settler-colonialism in ECE, and learn how to decolonize the practice of caring for and working with infants, toddlers, and children with support needs

3.Create engaging lesson plans for activities and circle time, with focuses on supporting childhood disabilities and healthy developmen

4.Respond to, develop, and design emergent curriculum based on children’s interests and aligned with the BC Early Learning Framework and the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework (IELLC

5. Collect strategies for supporting new parents and families with newborns

5. Learn how to implement teaching practices that are inclusive and responsive to children’s diverse communication and learning styles, needs, and background

Get the hands-on training you need to make a difference in the lives of children.Infant-Toddler and Special Needs Educators are in high demand. Many early learning centres are actively seeking and willing to hire professionals in the field.

Apply to a path to a high-level meaningful career that improves Indigenous Children’s lives Next ECE Diploma intake is in September 2023 

Occupation upon Completion

Students who obtain their ITE and SNE Certificates can work independently or as the lead educator in licenced ECE centres with children ranging in age from birth to five years.

Course Descriptions

ECE 101               Child Growth & Development 1                3 credits

ECE 102               ECE Theoretical Foundations                      3 credits

ECE 103               Arts & Music                                                    3 credits

ECE 113               Health, Safety & Nutrition                           3 credits

ECE 120               BC Early Learning Framework                     3 credits

ECE 115               Practicum Seminar 1                                     2 credits

Winter Semester

ECE 111               Guiding & Caring                                            3 credits             

ECE 112               Child Growth & Development 2                 3 credits

ECE 116               Block Practicum 1                                          6 credits

ECE 121               Family & Community Relations                  3 credits

ECE 123               Language & Literacy                                      3 credits

Spring Semester

ECE 122               STEM                                                                 3 credits

ECE 125               Practicum Seminar 2                                     2 credits

ECE 126               Block Practicum 2                                          6 credits

ECE 128               Advocacy                                                          3 credits


Locations of the program


All classes are offered at the NEC campus. Classes are scheduled from 9am-4pm, with a mid-morning and mid-afternoon break and a 1-hour lunch break every day.

Students are responsible for commuting to practicum placement locations, but student preference for practicum locations will be considered. Practicums within Indigenous communities is encouraged. Ideally, students spend the same amount of hours per day at practicum as they would in regular class.

Admission Requirements, Fees & Tuition

High School Applicants
Mature Applicants
Price and Fees
  • Transcript with Grade 12 completion
  • Two Reference Letters
  • Ability to pass CRC
  • TB test Negative
  • Doctor’s note of good health and mental and physical  fitness to work with young children
  • 19 years old or older
  • Written assessment with 60% or higher
  • Two Reference Letters
  • Ability to pass CRC
  • TB test Negative
  • Doctor’s note of good health and mental and physical  fitness to work with young children

If you do not have your High school transcript, and CAAT assessment documents, you can do  the exams at NEC 












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