Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

 Delivery: Online |  Credential: Certificate/Diploma

Early Childhood Education courses provide an opportunity for working professionals in the childcare sector or those with an interest in the field to develop knowledge and skills while earning college credits.  Students complete courses part-time to graduate with a certificate or diploma.

Online courses have scheduled start, end, and assessment dates.

Register at least five (5) business days before a course starts.

Admission Requirements

  • Please Note: Regardless of courses completed, students must meet program admissions requirements from Profile A, which reads: “High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma”
  • Individuals for whom English is not a first language may need to meet NBCC language requirements.

Course Schedule (Recommended Learning Path)

Take up to two courses at a time to complete all requirements to graduate.


CourseStart DateDetails/Registration
Fall Term (Sep - Dec 2024)
EDUE1145 – Orientation to Early Childhood EducationSep 3, 2024Pending
COMM1275 – Applied WritingSep 3, 2024Pending
PSYC1091 – Child Development Conception to Age TwoOct 28, 2024Pending
PERS1263 – Orientation to Community ServiceOct 28, 2024Pending
Winter Term (Jan - Apr 2025)
PSYC1092 – Child Development: Preschool to Age TwelveJan 6, 2025Pending
PERS1266 – Strategies for Seeking EmploymentJan 6, 2025Pending
EDUE1151 – Inclusive EducationMar 3, 2025Pending


CourseStart DateDetails/Registration
Fall Term (Sep - Dec 2024)
EDUE1147 – Children’s Well BeingSep 3, 2024Pending
EDUE1146 – Observation and Documentation in ECESep 3, 2024Pending
EDUE1148 – Planning for Literacy Rich EnvironmentsOct 28, 2024Pending
SECU1322 – Work SafelyOct 28, 2024Pending
Winter Term (Jan - Apr 2025)
EDUE1150 – Curriculum DevelopmentJan 6, 2025Pending
PERS1264 – Interpersonal CommunicationJan 6, 2025Pending
EDUE1149 – Guiding Children PositivelyMar 3, 2025Pending
EDUE1152 – Field Placement & Seminar**Apr 21, 2025Pending

** Practicum: Field Placement & Seminar: Early Childhood Education (EDUE1152). This mandatory 8-week practicum must be completed in a New Brunswick licensed child care center (some restrictions may apply). For more information, contact ContinuingEd@nbcc.ca

Important: Students who wish to exit the program with a certificate after completing the first two years of courses part-time must contact ContinuingEd@nbcc.ca to announce their intention no later than November 1st of the academic year they plan to graduate.


CourseStart DateDetails/Registration
Fall Term (Sep - Dec 2024)
SOCI1055 – Families and DiversitySep 30, 2024Pending
EDUE1159 – Diversity and InclusivenessSep 30, 2024Pending
Winter Term (Jan - Apr 2025)
EDUE1155 – Advanced Positive Child GuidanceJan 6, 2025Pending
EDUE1153 – Creating a Learning CommunityJan 6, 2025Pending
EDUE1157 – Literacies and PlayMar 31, 2025Pending


CourseStart DateDetails/Registration
Fall Term (Sep - Dec 2024)
EDUE1154 – Outdoor Play and NatureSep 30, 2024Pending
PERS1276 – Leadership From WithinSep 30, 2024Pending
Winter Term (Jan - Apr 2025)
EDUE1156 – Advocacy in Early Learning and ChildcareJan 6, 2025Pending
PERS1277 – Leading Through RelationshipsJan 6, 2025Pending
EDUE1158 – Early Learning and Childcare AdministrationMar 31, 2025Pending
Important: Those graduating from the diploma program must contact ContinuingEd@nbcc.ca no later than November 1st of the academic year they plan to graduate.


Financial Assistance

Courses towards completion of this program online through continuing education may be eligible for part-time student loans.

For more information and to apply, please review the PART-TIME STUDENT LOAN AND GRANT APPLICATION (pdf) form (see “Instructions to the Applicant” on page 5 for steps to follow).

Registration Status

  • Open - Accepting registrations
  • Waitlist - Class is full but there is waitlist availability
  • Pending - Will open for registration & payment 3 months prior to the start date
  • Closed - Registration has closed
  • Full – The class is full and there is no waitlist available
  • Cancelled - The class has been cancelled

Note: Program requirements may be subject to change