Early Childhood Education

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
WoodstockSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Fredericton September 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MiramichiSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2021 (Online Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Early childhood educators play an essential role in shaping children’s lifelong views of learning. The Early Childhood Education program prepares students for careers relating to the early learning and care of children from birth to age twelve.

Students 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 the areas of 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.

Throughout the Early Childhood Education diploma, students have experiential learning opportunities through NBCC’s innovative Living Classroom. This approach allows students to integrate theory and practice on a daily basis through a realistic and supportive environment. The Living Classroom better prepares students to work in their field as it provides practical opportunities to grow as educators and build confidence in their abilities.

There is a practicum during the program’s first year, which allows students to experience and apply their learning within the early learning and childcare sector.


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

    As a childcare professional, you will be prepared for employment in group care settings with children from birth to age 12. You may specialize in programming for infants and children with diverse abilities, programming for school age children, or work in administration. You may find employment in early learning and childcare centres, preschool centres, schools, early learning and childcare home centres, and private homes. Self-employment and entrepreneurial opportunities are also available: childcare consulting, alternative care-giving (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.

    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.

    The Early Childhood Education program is a “Learning Integrated Virtually Everywhere” (L.I.V.E) program that requires the use of a notebook computer as part of the learning experience. Your notebook computer should meet minimum technical specifications to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. To find these technical specifications, visit nbcc.ca and enter the words “LIVE Program” in the search option.

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

    The course provides the opportunity for students to develop foundational knowledge of the principles and influences that impact the development of quality early childhood education programs.

    The course is designed to explore possible contributing factors that support children’s participation in learning communities that foster inter and intrapersonal relationships.

    This course is designed to teach the student to develop, apply, and evaluate integrated program planning that will allow children with diverse capacities to achieve their potential.

    This course is an in depth study to ensure the well-being of children by creating safe and caring environments where children’s emotional and physical health, positive identities, and sense of belonging are nurtured and protected.

    This course is designed to provide an opportunity for learners to design an age appropriate curriculum. Students develop and evaluate programming to ensure it reflects the goals of the curriculum framework as well as a literacy-rich environment appropriate for children from birth to 12 years of age.


    • EDUE1066I
    • PSYC1032F
    • EDUE1057G
    • EDUE1121C

    In early learning and childcare, all aspects of program planning incorporate literacies including environments, materials, routines and transitions, relationships, families and community, and reflection. Literacy is understood broadly (listening, reading, writing, dancing, singing, counting, performing, moving, and constructing) and within this course, students are encouraged to explore the affordances offered by different literacy modes.

    Planning for Literacy Rich Environments enables students to develop literacy rich environments appropriate for children from birth to 12 years. In this course, students learn how to plan child centred learning environments inclusive of flexible schedules and transitions, open ended materials, positive relationships and identities, and varied literacy experiences.

    This course is designed to provide learners with applied workplace experience where they demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the early childhood sector by actively participating in the planning and execution of early childhood programming.

    This course examines the importance of utilizing observation and documentation to analyze, co-construct, plan, assess, and guide a child-centered approach to early learning and care.

    Children’s communicative practices, language, literacies, and literate identities are co-constructed within a range of relationships. In this course, students learn to co-create and evaluate curriculum to enhance and develop children’s communication and literacies through multimodal meaning making practices. 

    Literacies and Play explores how to recognize and extend upon children’s wide range of experiences and immerse children in an interactive, positive, playful, and language rich environment. This course focuses on the facilitation of high quality literacy and communication curriculum for young children that recognizes the value of play.

    In early learning and childcare centres, inclusion is necessary to ensure each child has a positive learning experience and sense of belonging. Students reflect upon their own experiences, values, and biases to create an awareness of the connection between one’s views, privileges, and implementation of the curriculum.

    Diversity and Inclusiveness has a focus on exploring inclusiveness and equity with children as it positively builds the learning community and the local community. “All children regardless of race, religion, age, linguistic heritage, social or economic status, gender, or ability are entitled to inclusion in everyday activities and routines” (NB Curriculum Framework).

    Also, students examine Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how students can successfully integrate the UDL principles within their own early learning and childcare centre practices.

    Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) encounter children with exceptionalities and/or challenging behaviours who require guidance and support. Using the theory and knowledge gained in the previous course, Guiding Children Positively, further positive guidance strategies are introduced and explored in-depth to increase an ECE’s ability to successfully support all children in their care.

    Advanced Positive Child Guidance focuses on children living with exceptionalities or exhibiting challenging behaviors and their possibly underlying causes (mental health, physical health, environmental, sensory, confusion, frustration, etc.). Students also explore the cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and behavioural differences often associated of children with varying exceptionalities. Throughout the course, the emphasis remains on the uniqueness of an individual child and the evidence-based practices, which support specific child-centred guidance methods.

    Nurturing environments are the backbone of positive early learning and childcare communities. When children are included and respected, the opportunities to learn increase which produces higher quality experiences and outcomes. Students explore how to purposefully plan and organize their environments in relation to the curriculum and learning community.

    Creating a Learning Community examines the importance of reciprocal relationships with children as well as observations of their interests and reactions to learning experiences. Students develop ways to increase children’s sense of belonging, engagement, responsibility, cooperation, and reflection.  

    Early learning and childcare centre administrators must ensure their organization is professionally run and meets the needs of children, families, and staff. Early Learning and Childcare Administration provides an introduction to the skills required of an administrator to successfully open, operate, and manage a centre or day home. Students explore various strategies related to financial management, marketing, communication, and evaluation of programming.

    Successful early learning and childcare centres require knowledgeable and communicative administrators whether they work in large centres with multiple people or in a dayhome run by one individual.

    In early learning and childcare, advocacy takes on multiple forms involving different facets within the field. Advocacy in early learning and childcare centres introduces the importance of advocacy to the profession including its effects on early learning and childcare throughout the world. Students explore how they view advocacy and learn to advocate for the care and education of young children, their families, early childhood educators, and the profession.

    When children play outdoors in nature, it’s been shown to positively impact their overall development and well-being. Indoor play cannot accurately replicate outdoor play as a person has to actually experience and connect with the outside world. For instance, watching a video about snow does not provide the same experience as standing outside catching a snowflake on one’s tongue during a snowfall. 

    Outdoor Play and Nature focuses on outdoor play opportunities in the natural world and constructed play spaces, including how to consistently incorporate them into early learning and childcare centres/homes. Students reflect on their own outdoor play experiences to gain insight into their personal feelings and see how their personal feelings can affect their own practices. 

    Within this course, the selection of outdoor environments is examined to ensure equitable access and opportunities are present for all children (without the need for adult intervention). Also, Canadian children experience four seasons, so students learn to create programming for outdoor play in all seasons. Other topics include environmental responsibility, Indigenous values and the natural world, healthy risk-taking and curiosity, and documentation of outdoor experiences. 

    Participants are challenged to apply human relations and interpersonal communications theory to workplace-based and real life situations. They use a problem solving perspective in suggesting and carrying out appropriate communication strategies and techniques.

    This workshop introduces students to the process of finding employment. It explores the various strategies and resources available, and examines the role of social media.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    Leadership is often associated with a position of authority, such as a manager or supervisor. However, leadership practices are demonstrated in a variety of ways that are not necessarily predetermined through a position of authority.

    Leadership From Within affords students the opportunity to explore various beliefs and viewpoints of leadership as well as expand upon their own perceptions of leadership. Students are offered the chance to consider their own leadership style by analyzing their own values, attitudes, belief systems, personal and professional goals and experiences and reframing it within the context of early childhood education.

    The field of early learning and childcare is continually changing and becoming increasingly complex. Therefore it is important to have effective leadership skills to create and sustain high quality learning and care settings.

    Leading Through Relationships explores the necessity of establishing professional, trusting, and reciprocal relationships to become an effective leader. Students develop leadership skills in relation to effective communication, critical thinking and reflection, coaching, and mentoring. Also, this course explores the professional knowledge, skills, and ethical considerations required of leaders in early learning and childcare. 

    This course examines theories of child development, milestones throughout development, and factors that influence development from the time of conception to age two. Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in the physical/cognitive/language, and emotional/social domains of the fetus, neonate, infant, and toddler.

    Building on the knowledge acquired in PSYC1032 - Child Development: Conception to Age Two, this course examines the interrelationship between developmental milestones and factors that influence development in children from age three to twelve. Emphasis is placed on the application of developmental theories as they relate to the physical, cognitive/language, and emotional/social domains of children within this age range.


    • PSYC1032F

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    Students are introduced to the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of the field of sociology. They explore such topics as sociological imagination, research, culture, and socialization. 

    Over the course of history, families in Canada have become increasingly diverse. It is essential to maintain an awareness of the diversity of families in order to form and maintain reciprocal relationships.

    Families and Diversity explores the diverse nature of families from a current perspective to develop a broader sensitivity to the unique strengths and challenges of families in our society. Students also examine differing parenting styles and parent-child relationships through a variety of cultural lenses. 

    As early childhood educators, students develop techniques to maintain a family centered and culturally sensitive atmosphere in order for an early learning centre to show value and belonging for all children and their families.

    NOC Codes

    4214 - Early childhood educators and assistants

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