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Early Childhood Education - Diploma

Saskatchewan Polytechnic
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2 years
Diploma / certificate
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Program description

Early Childhood Education - Diploma

As an early childhood educator, you will support children as they learn through play. Your role will be to create developmentally appropriate curriculum and design inviting and effective quality learning environments. You will learn how to develop holistic programs that include early literacy and language, creative arts, numeracy, and open-ended play experiences both indoors and outdoors. Your responsibilities will include working alongside your colleagues to build relationships with children and families, community partners and other professionals.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's two-year Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma program is offered on-campus in Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, or through regional schools or distance learning, wherever you live.

It is a highly respected program that integrates the most current research on early childhood education. Topics of study will include:

  • observation, assessment and documentation
  • learning through play
  • children with diverse abilities
  • child guidance techniques
  • family and community relationships
  • play environments and program planning
  • programming for infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-age children
  • administration and child care regulations
  • communication and employability skill

Admission requirements

  • Grade 12 with English Language Arts A30 and English Language Arts B30
  • English Language Requirement

Meeting English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction and examination at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. If your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you will need to provide evidence of your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.These skills are required to be successful in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.

Saskatchewan students graduating from Fransaskois and French Immersion high school programs are not required to meet further English Language Proficiency requirements.

The following tests are available at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Test Centres.

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Module

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the school website.

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Program content

Year 1 - Semester 1

  • Dynamics of Play
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Observation and Documentation
  • Growth and Development of Young Children
  • Child Guidance
  • Practicum 1

Year 1 - Semester 2

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Effective Relationships in Early Childhood Environments
  • Curriculum Design in Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum Design in Early Childhood Education
  • Professionalism
  • Practicum 2

Year 2 - Semester 3

  • Responsive Care for Infants and Toddlers
  • Inclusion in Early Learning and Childcare Settings
  • Curriculum Design in Early Childhood Education
  • Observation and Documentation
  • Child Guidance
  • Practicum 3

Year 2 - Semester 4

  • Introduction to Administration of Early Childhood Education
  • Dynamics of Play
  • Anti-Bias Education in Early Childhood
  • Responsive Care for School Age Children
  • Professionalism
  • Practicum 4

Program delivery

Length and Start Date

  • Year 1 - 32 weeks
  • Year 2 - 32 weeks

Tuition fees

The Tuition fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

  • Year 1 - $6,290
  • Year 2 - $6,900

Please visit the school website for more information about tuition fees


Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

Career opportunities

Theres high demand for Level III ECEs in Saskatchewan. Your diploma allows you to work in group early learning and care settings with children from birth to age 12. Your career options could include working with children with diverse needs, working as a frontline educator or director in an early learning and child care centre, working in a preschool or elementary school setting, a Kids First or Aboriginal Head Start program, early childhood intervention programs (ECIP), or a family day home or private home as a nanny.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is recognized around the world for our international engagement and development projects. With campuses located in the province's four largest cities (Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon), and through extensive distance education opportunities, we offer career-focused, applied education...

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

1130 Idylwyld Dr.
S7K 3R5 Saskatoon Saskatchewan

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