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Early Childhood Education

University of the Fraser Valley
Program overview
4 semesters
Diploma / certificate
Start dates
September 2020

September 2021

September 2020

September 2021
Courses from University of the Fraser Valley

Program description

Early Childhood Education

UFV’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) certificate program is an excellent foundation to purse a career working with young children.

Especially designed for students who are coming out of high school, and those already in the workforce the four-semester program takes you through basic courses in communication, interpersonal growth, human development, and the early childhood curriculum.

You explore the theories and current trends in physical, cognitive and psycho-social development, from conception to the age of eighteen. In addition, you are introduced to different recording techniques that have been developed from observing children’s social, play, language, motor, and cognitive development.

In the third and fourth semesters, you also complete a 200-hour introductory and a 200-hour advanced practicum where you put Early Childhood Education theories into practice, document your experience, and apply advanced competencies including parent interaction, self-evaluation, and peer evaluation.

After completing the program and obtaining a first aid certificate, you can apply to the Provincial Licensing Board of B.C. for a basic license as an early childhood educator.

Admission requirements

  • Suitability to work with children
  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent
  • Prerequisites for ENGL 105

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Program content

Semester I

  • Human Development I
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Introduction to Observing and Recording Behaviour of Young Children

Semester II

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Guidance
  • Human Development II
  • Nutrition, Health, and Safety

Semester III

  • Introductory Practicum
  • Art in Early Childhood Education
  • Music in Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Programs

Semester IV

  • Presenting Literature to Children
  • Advanced Practicum
  • The Process of Curriculum Development

Tuition fees

For information about tuition fees, please visit the program webpage. 

Continuing studies

Following the completion of the certificate, you may also wish to continue your studies by laddering into the Early Childhood Education diploma program, or the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care at UFV.

Career opportunities

Your career in ECE will give you a chance to fill a meaningful and fulfilling role in society.

As a graduate you may seek employment in daycares, preschools, nursery schools, special needs centers, the public school system, and infant/toddler centers. Recent shifts in society mean the early years education field is growing, with more demand for the care of young children.

Career opportunities for early childhood educators span a range of field settings and areas of practice. Graduates may find work in daycares, preschools, nursery schools, special needs centers, public schools, and infant or toddler centers. Career opportunities also exist with community services, governmental organizations, hospitals, and parks and recreation departments.

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About this institute

University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is an accredited public Canadian university which serves 15,000 students, 1,900 of which are international students. UFV offers 16 bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees, and over 100 certificates and diploma programs in areas...

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University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road
V2S 7M8 Abbotsford British Columbia

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