Early Childhood Education

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MiramichiSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
WoodstockSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Fredericton September 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery)  Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2023 (Online Delivery)  Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Early childhood educators play an essential role in shaping children's lifelong views of learning. We teach children from birth to age twelve, nurturing them through activities and play that develop their intellectual, physical, and emotional growth. People remember the teachers that had an impact on our lives. If you are patient, loving, and creative, a career as an early childhood educator could be your calling.
In our Early Childhood Education program, you'll learn how to design, apply, and evaluate holistic educational programs, as well as develop skills related to observation, documentation, reflective practice, professionalism, leadership, and relationships. In this program, students also acquire knowledge and ability in child guidance, language and literacy development, health and safety, diversity and inclusiveness, and child development.
In support of the New Brunswick (NB) Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care – English, the program’s educational approach is constructivist and developmental/interactional. Students have experiential learning opportunities throughout the program through NBCC's innovative Living Classroom, which provides practical opportunities to grow as educators and build confidence. A practicum during the first year also allows you to gain real-world experience in the early learning and childcare sector. Enroll today in the Early Childhood Education program and pursue a rewarding career where you can play a critical role in starting the next generation off on the right foot.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    With the increased focus on the value of early childhood education, people qualified to teach young children can anticipate good career opportunities. As a childcare professional, you will be prepared for employment in group care settings, including early learning and childcare centres, preschool centres, schools, early learning and childcare home centres, and private homes.
    You may also decide to specialize in programming for infants and children with diverse abilities, programming for school-age children, or work in administration. Self-employment and entrepreneurial opportunities are also available, including childcare consulting, alternative caregiving (after-hours care), and tutoring.

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    Specific Considerations

    Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned are usually prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. Additionally, some practicum hosts require you to complete a Social Development Record Check. This will be submitted by the host before the workplace practicum begins and it is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate.

    Prior to the beginning of the applied workplace experience, host facilities may require the completion of an Immunization and Medical Form (pdf).

    As a condition of employment, some employers may require proof of valid CPR Level C Lifesaver certification.

    For students entering the second year of the program with a certificate from outside NB, it is recommended that they complete training on the New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care - English. This training is available through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Program Courses

    Course curriculum for this program is still under development. Once the courses have been finalized, they will be posted here. Courses are subject to change.

    NOC Codes

    4214 - Early childhood educators and assistants

    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: University of New Brunswick Saint John - Faculty of Business
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Bachelor of Applied Management Degree
    NBCC graduates of any 2 year diploma program with a GPA of 70% or greater receive 2 years full credit toward this degree and will be eligible to enter year 3 of the 4 year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program.


    Institution: Cape Breton University
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Bachelor of Arts Community Studies Degree (BACS).
    NBCC graduates with a minimum grade of 65% can receive up to a maximum of 45 credit hours of transfer towards the 90 credits required for CBU's 3 year BACS degree and a maximum of 51 credit hours of transfer towards the 120 credits required for CBU's 4 year BACS degree.
    Institution: Univeristy of New Brunswick - Fredericton
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education (ECE).
    UNB agrees to recognize NBCC and its ECE diploma program for the purposes of entry into UNB’s Bed in ECE, on the condition that the NBCC ECE graduate has a minimum grade of 70% in all courses.

    Disclaimer: This web copy provides guidance to prospective students, applicants, current students, faculty and staff. Although advice is readily available on request, the responsibility for program selection ultimately rests with the student. Programs, admission requirements and other related information is subject to change.

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