What you will learn
On completion of the ECCE Post-Basic Diploma, graduates will be able to:
- Protect and promote the psychological and physical safety, health and well-being of infants and toddlers and children with exceptionalities
- Develop and maintain a warm, caring, and responsive relationship with each child and with groups of children
- Administer daily experiences that support and promote children's physical, emotional, social, communication, cognitive, ethical and creative lives
- Use pedagogical narrations to interpret and respond to every child's skills, abilities, interests and needs with special focus on infants and toddlers and children who need extra support
- Analyze variations in development among infants and toddlers
- Establish and maintain an open, cooperative relationship with each child's family
- Establish and maintain inclusive, supportive, collaborative relationships with others working in the early care and learning setting
- Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other community service providers working with the child
- Reflect on one's own knowledge, attitudes, and skills and take appropriate action for change
- Practice administrative and management skills as related to early care and learning settings
- Advocate for high-quality, accessible, and comprehensive early care and learning settings
What to expect
Courses combine classroom lectures, presentations, discussions, practical exercises, and individual and group work. Students take an active role and learn by observing early childhood programs during field trips and off-site field studies. Students are exposed to the new ECCE resources SECD (Science of Early Child Development). Guest speakers are invited for every course in order to provide community awareness and connections for the students.
Practicum students receive on-site support and supervision from college instructors and sponsors who are qualified early childhood educators.
There are two entry pathways into the ECCE Post-Basic Diploma: Basic Entry and Post-Basic Entry.
A) For Basic Entry, the admission requirements are:
- High school graduation or equivalent
- Proof of English Proficiency: English 12 with a minimum 'C' or the English Language Assessment (http://www.vcc.ca/applying/registration-services/englishlanguage-proficiency-requirements/)
- 19 years or older
- Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
- Minimum two written letters of reference indicating suitability for the program
- 40 hours of volunteering work in a licensed childcare facility in BC
- Successful interview with the Program Coordinator based on criteria.
Required for field observations and practicums:
- Proof of a negative Tuberculosis skin test. If the skin test is positive, proof of a negative chest x-ray is required
- Physician's Report (proof that individual is physically healthy and emotionally mature to meet the demands of working with young children)
- A VCC Immunization Record must be completed. Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended:
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (on an annual basis)
- Chicken Pox
- A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act. All individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to this program will be responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record Check. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply and pay for a Criminal Record Check online.
B) For Post-Basic Entry, the admission requirements are the same as above (with the exception of 40 hours of volunteering work) and:
- Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate from Vancouver Community College or other approved training institution as per BC Ministry of Children and Family Development Early Childhood Education Registry
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
The ECCE Diploma is designed to meet the needs of adult learners who reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community.
The following attributes are recommended:
- Desire to work with children and families in early childhood programs and services
- Previous experience in working with young children
- Ability to communicate effectively in English
|ECCE 1301||Foundations in ECCE||2.5|
|ECCE 1302||Field Study 1||1|
|ECCE 1304||Observing and Recording||2|
|ECCE 1305||Child Growth 1||2|
|ECCE 1306||Field Study 2||1|
|ECCE 1307||The Learning Child||2|
|ECCE 1308||Field Study 3||1|
|ECCE 1104||Child Growth 2||2|
|ECCE 1107||Guiding and Caring||2|
|ECCE 2305||Practicum 1||2.5|
|ECCE 2301||Creative Art||2|
|ECCE 2302||Exploring Learning Environments||2|
|ECCE 2303||Field Study 4||1|
|ECCE 2304||Integrated Program Planning||1|
|ECCE 2306||Practicum 2||2.5|
|ECCE 2102||Music and Movement||2|
|ECCE 2309||Ecology of Family||2|
|ECCE 2308||Language and Literature||2|
|ECCE 2106||Field Study 5||1|
|ECCE 2115||Health, Safety and Nutrition||2|
|ECCE 2307||Practicum 3||4|
|ECCE 2313||Advanced Child Growth and Development IT/SN||2|
|ECCE 2314||Advanced Field Study IT/SN||1|
|ECCE 2315||Advanced Health, Safety and Nutrition IT/SN||2|
|ECCE 2200||Enhancing Family Relationships||2|
|ECCE 2300||Childcare Administration||2|
|ECCE 2320||Professional Perspectives||2|
|ECCE 2316||Role of the Caregiver IT||3|
|ECCE 2317||Role of the Caregiver SN||3|
|ECCE 2235||Infant Practicum||4|
|ECCE 2230||Special Needs Practicum 1||4|
|ECCE 2330||Special Needs Practicum 2||4|
|ECCE 2335||Toddler Practicum||4|
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
0 - 1
0 - 2
0 - 3
0 - 4
|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||0|
|Program specific extra fees||0|
ECE Student Bursary is open to all the ECCE students enrolled in an accredited ECE Post-Secondary institution. Please follow this link to download the application: http://www.ecebc.ca/programs/student_bursary.html
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.
Applications for fall 2019 is closed.