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Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate


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Early Childhood Care and Education will prepare graduates to work in licensed early learning and care settings in BC. With a focus on children from birth to six years of age this program offers students the knowledge and skills to provide high quality service for young children and their families.

On completion of the ECCE Certificate Program, students may continue their studies to obtain the ECCE Post-Basic Diploma.

Start Term: Fall 2019
Applications Open: January 08, 2019
Applications Close: May 31, 2019
Admission Interviews: June 03-14, 2019




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep Two years. Two nights per week and one Saturday per course. Certificate Downtown Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program. Start Term: Fall 2019 Applications Open: January 08, 2019 Applications Close: May 31, 2019 Admission Interviews: June 03-14, 2019 Info Session: January 29, 2019 – room 419 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

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No online registration at this time. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit the CS Registration Desk at our Downtown campus, 2nd floor, 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver [business hours]

Program Description

Program Description

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of the Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate, our graduates will be able to:

1. Protect and promote the psychological and physical safety, health, and well-being of each child
2. Develop and maintain a warm, caring, and responsive relationship with each child and with groups of children
3. Plan and provide daily experiences that support and promote each child’s physical, emotional, social, communication, cognitive, ethical, and creative lives
4. Use pedagogical narrations to interpret and respond to children’s skills, abilities, interests, and needs
5. Integrate knowledge of current child growth and development theory and research into work and childcare settings
6. Establish and maintain an open, cooperative relationship with each child’s family
7. Establish and maintain supportive, collaborative relationships with others working in the early care and learning setting
8. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other community service providers working with the child
9. Reflect on one’s own knowledge, attitudes, and skills and take appropriate action for change
10. Contribute to the effective management and administration of early care and learning settings
11. Advocate for high-quality, accessible, and comprehensive early care and learning settings

INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES, DESIGN AND DELIVERY MODE

Courses combine classroom lectures, presentations, discussions, practical exercises, and individual and group work. Students take an active role, learning by observing early childhood programs during field trips and off-site field studies.

Practica students receive on-site support and supervision from college instructors and sponsors who are qualified early childhood educators.

PROGRAM DURATION

Two years (six terms) of part-time study. Two nights per week and one Saturday per course. 960 hours.

Students have a maximum of three years to complete the program.

Successful graduates are eligible to apply for the Early Childhood Educator Certification from the Ministry for Children and Family Development, Early Childhood Education Registry.


EVALUATION OF STUDENT LEARNING

Students are evaluated through a variety of methods including:

  • Quizzes
  • Tests
  • Essays
  • Assignments
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Participation
  • Group work

Students will not be allowed to progress if the minimum 1.67 GPA requirement is not met.

CREDENTIAL

Upon successful completion of all course requirements, graduates are awarded a Vancouver Community College Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate.

Successful graduates are also eligible to apply for a B.C. License to Practice from the Ministry for Children and Family Development, Early Childhood Education Registry.


REQUIRED COURSE(S):

Year One

Year Two


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.


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, with stamina and emotional maturity to meet the demands of working with young children)

    A VCC Immunization Record must be completed. Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended:

    -Diphtheria/Tetanus,

    -Polio

    -Measles, Mumps, and Rubella

    -Hepatitis B

    -Influenza (on an annual basis)

    -Chicken Pox

  • Minimum two written letters of reference indicating suitability for the program
  • 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 Record 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 the Criminal Record Check online.

Recommended Characteristics:

The Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate is designed to meet the needs of adult learners who reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community.

We recommend the following attributes:

  • 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

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee
Tuition Fee $7,254
Other Costs Tuition by term depends on the number of courses taken. Textbooks and materials will cost approximately $900. Please note Campus Resource, and College Initiative fees will be charged at time of registration. For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate (ECCE) prepares graduates to work in licensed preschools and childcare centres. This Continuing Studies program offers students the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality service for children ages three to five years old.


Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200 block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.





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Contact Us/Request Info

Contact Us/Request Info

Questions?

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Contact us:

Program Coordinator: Katarina Jovanovic, VCC ECCE, 604.871.7000, ext. 8660
Program Assistant: Amelia Ewart, VCC ECCE, 604.871.7000, ext. 8635

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2019 (201992)

(ECCE 1104) Child Growth 2 2.0 credits    $395.60



This course presents a comprehensive overview of human development from six to twelve years of age with particular emphasis on middle childhood. Course content focuses on current research, trends and issues, and introduces students to the importance of observation and individual variations in the development process.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20323 DTN Rm. 414
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1845 - 2145
11-Apr-2019
to 20-Jun-2019
Ezra, Joan
  20323 DTN Rm. 414
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
25-May-2019
Ezra, Joan
  20325 DTN Rm. 415
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1845 - 2145
18-Apr-2019
to 27-Jun-2019
Shahghabi, Vida
  20325 DTN Rm. 415
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
25-May-2019
Shahghabi, Vida


(ECCE 1107) Guiding and Caring 2.0 credits    $395.60



This course introduces students to a variety of theoretical perspectives and positive approaches to guiding children’s behavior, supporting self-esteem, and promoting their healthy emotional and social development. It focuses on best practices that ensure a positive and encouraging approach.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20322 DTN Rm. 424
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1845 - 2145
09-Apr-2019
to 18-Jun-2019
Chaye, Orah
  20322 DTN Rm. 424
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
27-Apr-2019
Chaye, Orah
  20326 DTN Rm. 429
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1845 - 2145
16-Apr-2019
to 25-Jun-2019
Shahghabi, Vida
  20326 DTN Rm. 429
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
27-Apr-2019
Shahghabi, Vida


(ECCE 1302) Field Study 1 1 credits



The purpose of this community-based observation is to broaden students’ understanding of early childhood settings, to experience and reflect upon similarities and differences in these environments and to apply critical thinking skills and analyses in linking early childhood theory to practice. The course relates specifically to content in the Foundations course offerings in this given term.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20462 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRFM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
27-May-2019
to 31-May-2019
McCarthy, Sarah


(ECCE 1306) Field Study 2 1 credits



The purpose of this community-based observation is to broaden students’ understanding of young children and to apply critical thinking skills and analyses in linking early childhood theory to practice. The course relates specifically to content in ECCE 1305 Child Growth 1 course offerings in this given term.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20467 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRFM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
15-Jul-2019
to 19-Jul-2019
Jovanovic, Katarina


(ECCE 1308) Field Study 3 1 credits



The purpose of this community-based observation is to broaden students’ understanding of early childhood settings, to experience and reflect upon similarities and differences in these environments and to apply critical thinking skills and analyses in linking early childhood theory to practice. The course relates specifically to content in ECCE 1307 The Learning Child offered in this given term.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20471 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
TWRFM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1730
06-Aug-2019
to 09-Aug-2019
White, Jane


(ECCE 2115) Health, Safety and Nutrition 2.0 credits    $395.60



The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to establish and maintain healthy and safe environments for young children and to provide healthy and nutritious food. Key topics include prevention, universal precautions, working in partnership with families and community resources.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20324 DTN Rm. 423
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1845 - 2145
10-Apr-2019
to 26-Jun-2019
Polsky, Jennifer
  20324 DTN Rm. 423
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1000 - 1400
04-May-2019
Polsky, Jennifer
  20328 DTN Rm. 424
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1845 - 2145
10-Apr-2019
to 26-Jun-2019
Cheng, Carolyn
  20328 DTN Rm. 424
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1000 - 1400
04-May-2019
Cheng, Carolyn


(ECCE 2305) Practicum 1 2.5 credits    $419.41



This course offers the opportunity to participate in the role of “Active Observer” in a childcare centre. Observing and participating in program activities enables application of theories, concepts and principles of best early childhood education practice.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20519 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
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01-Apr-2019
to 31-Jul-2019
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(ECCE 2306) Practicum 2 2.5 credits    $419.41



This course builds on the experiential opportunities in ECCE 2305 Practicum 1. An expectation of growth in confidence, competency and techniques will be confirmed.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20313 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
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26-Mar-2019
to 24-Apr-2019
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  20314 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
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25-Apr-2019
to 25-May-2019
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  20315 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
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27-May-2019
to 24-Jun-2019
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  20316 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
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25-Jun-2019
to 25-Jul-2019
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(ECCE 2307) Practicum 3 4 credits    $419.41



This course builds on the experiential opportunities in ECCE 2306 Practicum 2. Students will extend their knowledge and participate as an “Assistant Teacher” in a licensed child care centre. An expectation of growth in confidence, competency and techniques will be confirmed..

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20317 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
TBATo be assigned
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26-Mar-2019
to 24-Apr-2019
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  20318 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
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25-Apr-2019
to 24-May-2019
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  20319 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
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27-May-2019
to 21-Jun-2019
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  20320 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
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25-Jun-2019
to 25-Jul-2019
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(ECCE 2308) Language and Literature 2.0 credits    $388.09



The purpose of this course is to introduce the attitudes, knowledge base, and skills for effectively integrating language and literature experiences in curriculum and program planning for young children. The course highlights the importance of understanding language acquisition, understanding of the process of additional language learning, and the provision of language rich learning environments.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20321 DTN Rm. 419
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1845 - 2145
08-Apr-2019
to 24-Jun-2019
Lindskog Wilson, Daniel
  20321 DTN Rm. 419
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
27-Apr-2019
Lindskog Wilson, Daniel
  20321 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1000 - 1300
01-Jun-2019
Lindskog Wilson, Daniel
  20327 DTN Rm. 423
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1845 - 2145
08-Apr-2019
to 24-Jun-2019
Adebar, Yvonne
  20327 DTN Rm. 423
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
27-Apr-2019
Adebar, Yvonne
  20327 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1000 - 1300
01-Jun-2019
Adebar, Yvonne


Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 (201993)

(ECCE 2303) Field Study 4 1 credits



The purpose of this community-based observation is to broaden students’ understanding of early childhood settings, to experience and reflect upon similarities and differences in these environments and to apply critical thinking skills and analyses in linking early childhood theory to practice. The focus relates specifically to content in ECCE 2302 Exploring Learning Environments offerings in this given term.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30406 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRFM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
21-Oct-2019
to 25-Oct-2019
Maric, Aleksandra


(ECCE 2305) Practicum 1 2.5 credits



This course offers the opportunity to participate in the role of “Active Observer” in a childcare centre. Observing and participating in program activities enables application of theories, concepts and principles of best early childhood education practice.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30403 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRFM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0800 - 1700
09-Sep-2019
to 20-Sep-2019
TBATo be assigned


(ECCE 2306) Practicum 2 2.5 credits



This course builds on the experiential opportunities in ECCE 2305 Practicum 1. An expectation of growth in confidence, competency and techniques will be confirmed.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30407 Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
TBATo be assigned
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TBATo be assigned


Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar20 (202091)

(ECCE 2106) Field Study 5 1 credits



The purpose of this community-based observation is to broaden students’ understanding of early childhood settings, to experience and reflect upon similarities and differences in these environments and to apply critical thinking skills and analyses in linking early childhood theory to practice. The focus relates specifically to content in the ECCE 2102 Music and Movement course in this given term.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10789 OFFSTE Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRFM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
20-Jan-2020
to 24-Jan-2020
Chaye, Orah


(ECCE 2307) Practicum 3 4 credits



This course builds on the experiential opportunities in ECCE 2306 Practicum 2. Students will extend their knowledge and participate as an “Assistant Teacher” in a licensed child care centre. An expectation of growth in confidence, competency and techniques will be confirmed..

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10790 Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
TBATo be assigned
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Child Growth 1 (ECCE 1305)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Child Growth 2 (ECCE 1104)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $395.60
Communications (ECCE 1303)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits N/A
Creative Art (ECCE 2301)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Ecology of Family (ECCE 2309)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Exploring Learning Environments (ECCE 2302)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Field Study 1 (ECCE 1302)
course schedule schedule
1 credits N/A
Field Study 2 (ECCE 1306)
course schedule schedule
1 credits N/A
Field Study 3 (ECCE 1308)
course schedule schedule
1 credits N/A
Field Study 4 (ECCE 2303)
course schedule schedule
1 credits N/A
Field Study 5 (ECCE 2106)
course schedule schedule
1 credits N/A
Foundations in ECCE (ECCE 1301)
course schedule schedule
2.5 credits N/A
Guiding and Caring (ECCE 1107)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $395.60
Health, Safety and Nutrition (ECCE 2115)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $395.60
Integrated Program Planning (ECCE 2304)
course schedule schedule
1 credits N/A
Language and Literature (ECCE 2308)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $388.09
Music and Movement (ECCE 2102)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Observing and Recording (ECCE 1304)
course schedule schedule
2 credits N/A
Practicum 1 (ECCE 2305)
course schedule schedule
2.5 credits $419.41
Practicum 2 (ECCE 2306)
course schedule schedule
2.5 credits $419.41
Practicum 3 (ECCE 2307)
course schedule schedule
4 credits $419.41
The Learning Child (ECCE 1307)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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