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What will I learn?

The Early Childhood Education and Development Diploma program prepares you to work in child care settings with young children and families as a frontline caregiver or as a supervisor.

Program Description:

You can make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. The 16-month (full-time) Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) Diploma program (formerly referred to as the Early Learning and Child Care Diploma) prepares you to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and plan emergent play experiences for the children in your care. You will gain knowledge in child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning that will equip you to support the healthy development of children through child-centered learning experiences.

This program combines theory and practice and graduates are eligible for Level 3 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Supervisor) certification from Alberta Human Services.

Flexible delivery options:

ECED diploma program is offered full-time or part-time with a variety of delivery options including traditional classroom and online learning. There are daytime and evening classes scheduled throughout the week. The practicum, however, must be completed physically onsite at a licensed childcare program in Alberta.

Regional campuses:

Learners living outside of Calgary but within the Bow Valley College regional service area can take the program starting in Fall (September) through Regional campuses. Program delivery is blended which includes a combination of online and in-person learning. A full course load is 5 courses per term - students may choose to take fewer courses each term and extend the length of their program.


Transfer opportunities are available to a variety of institutions. Transfer credits are reviewed and accepted on an individual basis by the institution to which you apply. Here are the most current transfer agreements:

  • Athabasca University: Bachelor of Professional Arts – Human Services
  • MacEwan University: Bachelor of Early Childhood and Curriculum Studies
  • University of Alberta: Bachelor of Elementary Education
  • University of Calgary: Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation

Which department am I in?

School of Community Studies

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$13,575.00 (US$ 10,825) per year
Total tuition fees: CAN $27,150; Estimated Book Costs: CAN $1,400

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

Application deadline

29 July 2022

Start date

6 September 2022


Okotoks Campus

11 Elizabeth Street,


Alberta (AB),

T1S 1A8, Canada

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$13,575.00 (US$ 10,825) per year
Total tuition fees: CAN $27,150; Estimated Book Costs: CAN $1,400

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

Application deadline

8 April 2022, 29 July 2022, 25 November 2022

Start date

5 May 2022, 6 September 2022, 10 January 2023


Bow Valley College

Calgary Downtown Campus,

345 - 6 Avenue SE,


Alberta (AB),

T2G 4V1, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic requirements:

Credit in either English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent or

Successful completion of the General Educational Development test (GED) test, that consists of five tests, with a minimum score in the following sections:

  • Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
  • Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score or
  • Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test

English language proficiency requirements:

IELTS Academic: 6.0 with minimum band score 6.0, Pearson Test of English (PTE) A: 59-64, TOEFL: 83, Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL): 50

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


About Bow Valley College

Program content is designed with input from industry partners, ensuring that students graduate with the skills employers need.

  • 93% Programs with work experience component
  • 88% graduate employment rate
  • Over 2,350 international students each year
  • Alberta’s largest comprehensive college

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