What you will learn
On completion of the Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate, graduates will be able to:
- Protect and promote the psychological and physical safety, health, and well-being of each child
- Develop and maintain a warm, caring, and responsive relationship with each child and with groups of children modeling effective problem solving skills
- Plan and provide daily experiences that support and promote each child's physical, emotional, social, communication, cognitive, ethical, and creative lives
- Use pedagogical narrations to interpret and respond to children's skills, abilities, interests, and needs
- Integrate knowledge of current child growth and development theory and research into work and child care settings
- Establish and maintain an open, cooperative relationship with each child's family
- Establish and maintain supportive, collaborative relationships with others working in the early care and learning setting promoting team work and professional communication
- Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other community service providers working with the child
- Reflect on one's own knowledge, attitudes, and skills and take appropriate action for change
- Contribute to the effective management and administration of early care and learning settings
- Advocate for high-quality, accessible, and comprehensive early care and learning settings
What to expect
Courses combine classroom lectures, presentations, discussions, practical exercises, and individual and group work. Students take an active role, learning by observing early childhood programs during field trips and off-site field studies.
Practica students receive on-site support and supervision from college instructors and sponsors who are qualified early childhood educators.
- High school graduation or equivalent
- Proof of English Proficiency: English 12 with a minimum 'C' or the English Language Assessment (http://www.vcc.ca/applying/registration-services/englishlanguage-proficiency-requirements/)
- 19 years or older
- Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
- 40 hours of volunteering work in a licensed childcare facility in BC
- Successful interview with the Program Coordinator based on criteria
Required for field observations and practicums:
- Proof of a negative Tuberculosis skin test. If the skin test is positive, proof of a negative chest x-ray is required
- Physician's Report (proof that individual is physically healthy and emotional maturity to meet the demands of working with young children)
- A VCC Immunization Record must be completed. Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended:
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (on an annual basis)
- Chicken Pox
- Minimum two written letters of reference indicating suitability for the program
- A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act. All individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to this program will be responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record Check. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply and pay for a Criminal Record Check online.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
The Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate is designed to meet the needs of adult learners who reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community.
The following attributes are recommended:
- Desire to work with children and families in early childhood programs and services
- Previous experience in working with young children
- Ability to communicate effectively in English
On completion of the ECCE Certificate Program, students may continue their studies to obtain the ECCE Post-Basic Diploma.
|ECCE 1301||Foundations in ECCE||2.5|
|ECCE 1302||Field Study 1||1|
|ECCE 1304||Observing and Recording||2|
|ECCE 1305||Child Growth 1||2|
|ECCE 1306||Field Study 2||1|
|ECCE 1307||The Learning Child||2|
|ECCE 1308||Field Study 3||1|
|ECCE 1104||Child Growth 2||2|
|ECCE 1107||Guiding and Caring||2|
|ECCE 2305||Practicum 1||2.5|
|ECCE 2301||Creative Art||2|
|ECCE 2302||Exploring Learning Environments||2|
|ECCE 2303||Field Study 4||1|
|ECCE 2304||Integrated Program Planning||1|
|ECCE 2306||Practicum 2||2.5|
|ECCE 2102||Music and Movement||2|
|ECCE 2309||Ecology of Family||2|
|ECCE 2308||Language and Literature||2|
|ECCE 2106||Field Study 5||1|
|ECCE 2115||Health, Safety and Nutrition||2|
|ECCE 2307||Practicum 3||4|
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
0 - 1
0 - 2
0 - 3
0 - 4
|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||0|
|Program specific extra fees||0|
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.
Applications for fall 2019 is closed.