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What will I learn?

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

During the first term, you are introduced to the fundamental principles of child development, health, safety and nutrition for the caregiver and the child, as well as positive child guidance. You will also have opportunities to plan early childhood play-based activities in the areas of art and literacy.

The second term builds on the content from Term 1, developing further into studies of child guidance and the foundations of professional practice. You will explore responsive learning environments and different curriculum models, including emergent and project-based curriculum.

In addition to scheduled classes, you will participate in a variety of practicum experiences. This allows you to explore different models of child care and different early learning environments. You will begin your practicum experiences with a focus on observation and will advance to implementing curriculum and working directly with children.

In the third term, you will participate in a field placement four days a week, working with a mentor while planning and implementing curriculum. Some classroom work is also required, such as participation in seminars and attendance in the Child, Family, and Community course.

Career Opportunities

The Early Childhood Care & Education certificate prepares you to work with young children of varying abilities from 30 months to five years, in a variety of early learning settings. Program completion is the first step toward your BC Early Childhood Educator certification. This program also provides opportunities for you to work with children and their families in other related fields.

Which department am I in?

North Island College

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$17,405.00 (US$ 12,814) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Campbell River Campus

1685 South Dogwood Street,

CAMPBELL RIVER,

British Columbia (BC),

V9W 8C1, Canada

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$17,405.00 (US$ 12,814) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Port Alberni Campus

3699 Roger Street,

PORT ALBERNI,

British Columbia (BC),

V9Y 8E3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older within the calendar year in which they are applying to study. Consideration may be given for younger students who have completed high school. To meet the English language requirement for academic programs, students must have completed: BC English 12 or BC English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of C; or Entrance through the NIC English Language program – obtaining a C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095 Or one of the following: Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5). Students who do not have a band score of IELTS 6.0 or higher in Reading and Writing will be required to take English 104. TOEFL ibt 80 overall with no subsection less than 19; TOEFL 550; CAEL 60 and writing 60 and PTE Academic 54 overall with no component less than 46.

For international students

Students must be 18 years of age or older within the calendar year in which they are applying to study.

C in English 12 or equivalent

A signed Requisite Skills and Abilities (RSA) document. The RSA document describes the requirements for practice in early childhood care and education. Prospective students need to review these and decide whether they believe they are able to meet them.

English language Requirement:

Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5). Students who do not have a band score of IELTS 6.0 or higher in Reading and Writing will be required to take English 104.

TOEFL ibt 80 overall with no subsection less than 19

TOEFL 550 (Code 8538)

CAEL 60 and writing 60

PTE Academic 54 overall with no component less than 46; or

Equivalency as determined by North Island College Admissions Department.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About North Island College

NIC has a global outlook, welcoming many international students who enjoy high graduation rates and excellent employment prospects after graduation.

  • Three campuses on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  • Student to staff ratio of 18:1
  • Excellent international student services
  • Co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities

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