Continuing Education

Early Childhood Education

 Delivery: Online |  Credential: Certificate

Early Childhood Education certificate 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 may complete one or several courses, or they may complete all program requirements part-time over two or more years to graduate with a certificate. The knowledge and skills students acquire provide a foundation for ongoing training.

Admission Requirements

Important: Students who intend to complete the entire program must contact Continuing Education to announce their intention no later than November 1st of the academic year they plan to graduate.

Please Note: Regardless of courses completed, students must meet ECE program admission requirements, including high school graduation or GED, to graduate from the ECE certificate program. All program courses, including practicum, must be successfully completed for graduation.  (Individuals for whom English is not a first language may need to meet NBCC language requirements.)

Course Schedule (Suggested Learning Path)

For those who wish to complete all courses in the program part-time, the following two-year learning path is recommended. Note: online courses have scheduled start, end, and assignment due dates.

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

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

New Students

CourseStart DateDetails/Registration
Fall Term (Sep - Dec 2023)
EDUE1145 - Orientation to Early Childhood EducationSep 5, 2023View/Register & Pay
COMM1275 - Applied WritingSep 5, 2023View/Register & Pay
PSYC1091 - Child Development: Conception to Age TwoOct 23, 2023View/Register & Pay
PERS1263 - Orientation to Community ServiceOct 23, 2023View/Register & Pay
Winter Term (Jan - Apr 2024)
PSYC1092 - Child Development: Preschool to Age TwelveJan 8, 2024View/Register & Pay
PERS1266 - Strategies for Seeking EmploymentJan 8, 2024View/Register & Pay
EDUE1151 - Inclusive EducationFeb 26, 2024View/Register & Pay

Returning Students

CourseStart DateDetails/Registration
Fall Term (Sep - Dec 2023)
EDUE1064 - Children’s Well BeingSep 5, 2023View/Register & Pay
EDUE1121 - Observation & Documentation in Early Childhood EducationSep 5, 2023View/Register & Pay
EDUE1066 - Planning for Literacy Rich EnvironmentsOct 23, 2023View/Register & Pay
SECU1221 - Work SafelyOct 23, 2023View/Register & Pay
Winter Term (Jan - Apr 2024)
EDUE1065 - Curriculum DevelopmentJan 8, 2024View/Register & Pay
PERS1065 - Interpersonal CommunicationJan 8, 2024View/Register & Pay
EDUE1058 - Guiding Children PositivelyFeb 26, 2024View/Register & Pay
EDUE1115 - Field Placement & Seminar: Early Childhood Education*Apr 15, 2024View/Register & Pay

* Practicum: Field Placement & Seminar: Early Childhood Education (EDUE1115). This mandatory 8-week practicum must be completed in a New Brunswick licensed child care center (some restrictions may apply). For more information, contact Continuing Education


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).

Note: Program requirements may be subject to change