Early Childhood Education

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Program Overview

Early Childhood Educators are focused on developing holistic education programs. You'll learn to design and facilitate children’s activities while encouraging interpersonal behaviour and inclusivity. Early Childhood Education is about helping children learn through play, but it's also about embodying effective communication skills, friendliness, sensitivity, and other compassionate qualities. Parents and care facilities are always on the lookout for patient and reliable early childhood educators.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic year 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 child care 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, school age children or work in administration. You may find employment in child care centres, preschool centres, schools, family day homes 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

    You will be asked to submit proof of immunization prior to commencement of training, by following the instructions on the standardized NBCC Immunization and Medical Form. You may also be required to produce a medical certificate attesting to certain requirements identified by the fieldwork site.

    In order to be successful in this field, you must enjoy working with children, have a high regard for your work, be in good physical and psychological health and be organized, flexible, alert and observant. You must be able to actively participate in the children's activities and be capable of providing independent supervision of children.

    Other important assets are patience, friendliness, sensitivity to the needs of others, reliability and a high energy level. Maturity, a sense of humour and the ability to communicate are other qualities that parents desire in those who care for their children.

    This program has a work placement component within its curriculum as a requirement for certification.

    Students may be required by host agencies or employers to provide a current criminal records check and vulnerable sector check from a police service recognized by the host agency or employer before they may start their work placement. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned may be prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate.

    As a graduate from this program, you may pursue the completion of a Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services by distance education from Athabasca University. As a graduate from this program, you may be able to transfer to the second year of the three-year degree program, Bachelor of Arts, Community Studies, at Cape Breton University.

    Potential students (full-time or part-time) are eligible to receive rebates for tuition. Please see the Training Assistance for the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate or Diploma documentation which provides for up to $3,000 in tuition rebates.

    Program Courses

    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.

    During this course, learners apply their knowledge and skills in early learning and care within a field placement. Throughout the experience, learners actively participate in the planning and execution of early learning programming. The course also includes a weekly seminar that provides the opportunity to debrief, reflect, and prepare new curriculum initiatives.

    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.

    Learners 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. 

    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. 

    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.

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