Early Childhood Education – Basic Certificate

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Early Childhood Education – Basic Certificate

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This basic Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is designed for those planning to care for and educate young children 3-5 years of age in preschool, group child care centres, “early learning” programs and “family places”.

The ECE – Basic Certificate program offered by Burnaby CCE is approved by the Early Childhood Registry of the BC Ministry for Children & Families.

The course content and competencies are similar to those of other approved colleges. Our pedagogical vision includes the current practices of responsive curriculum, inquiry based learning and the curriculum from the BC Early Learning framework.

The ECE program is designed for part time study, with classes scheduled for evenings and Saturdays. Students can start the program in January or September, and can choose a completion schedule of 2 years or 3 years.

Successful completion of 14 courses (including 3 practicums, total 9 weeks) is required for licensing by the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Registry.

2-YEAR STUDY PLAN (Download as pdf)

TERM 1 – September to December
  • Academic Writing
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Child Growth and Development 1
    (Observing and Recording 1)
  • Foundations
TERM 2 – January to April
  • Academic Writing
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Child Growth and Development 2
    (Observing and Recording 2)
  • The Learning Child
TERM 3 – April to June
  • Guiding and Caring
    (Observing and Recording 3)
  • Demonstration Practicum 1 (2 weeks)
    (available in May, June or August)
TERM 4 – September to December
  • Responsive Curriculum
  • Music and Movement
  • Children’s Language and Literature
TERM 5 – January to April
  • Science, Math and Social Studies
  • Art
  • Demonstration Practicum 2 (3 weeks)
    (available in January, February or April)
TERM 6 – April to June
  • Parent / Teacher Community Relations
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Demonstration Practicum 3 (4 weeks)
    (available in April or October)
3-YEAR STUDY PLAN (Download as pdf)

TERM 1 – September to December
  • Academic Writing
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Child Growth and Development 1
    (Observing and Recording 1)
TERM 2 – January to April
  • Academic Writing
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Child Growth and Development 2
    (Observing and Recording 2)
TIME OFF – May to August
Option to take Health, Safety and Nutrition with students completing year 2
TERM 3 – September to December
  • Foundations
TERM 4 – January to April
  • The Learning Child
TERM 5 – April to June (two classes per week)
  • Guiding and Caring
    (Observing and Recording 3)
  • Demonstration Practicum 1 (2 weeks)
    (available May, June or August)
TERM 6 – September to December
  • Responsive Curriculum
  • Music and Movement
  • Children’s Language and Literature
TERM 7 – January to April
  • Science, Math and Social Studies
  • Art
  • Demonstration Practicum 2 (3 weeks)
    (available in January, February or April)
TERM 8 – April to June
  • Parent / Teacher Community Relations
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Demonstration Practicum 3 (4 weeks)
    (available in April or October)
Application Requirements

  • Completed ECE – Basic Certificate application form
  • Records of previous education
  • 3 reference letters
  • Autobiography
  • Secondary school graduation or acceptance under mature students regulations
  • Proof of completing English 12 or equivalent; English language assessment is available at all information sessions

Admission Requirements

  • Successful interview
  • Some experience with young children
  • Certificate of good health
  • Clear criminal record check
  • Registration fee of $50
To graduate, students must meet all the following requirements:

  • Completion of all assignments, presentations and tests
  • Successful completion of practicums
  • A minimum of 65% in each course
  • Demonstration of professional standards of behaviour
Graduates of our program work in preschools, group child care centres, early learning programs and family place playrooms.

Approximately 90% of our students find employment within 6 months of graduating from our program.

Just wanted to also thank you and all the teachers we had during our course. After a couple years in the field, you become very thankful for the experiences in school and the value of Reggio that I have come to love. I’m thankful for the education I received and the perspective I have now as an ECE.Brooke McBoyle (November 2016)
I began my journey with Burnaby Continuing Education in 2004. In 2007, I opened Childgarden Preschool. The Early Childhood Education was an incredibly inspiring program, far exceeding my expectations. The instructors are passionate, inspiring, very knowledgeable and deeply caring about each student’s success. The courses are detailed and in depth; giving you a thorough foundation of knowledge that will spark your future in ECE. I believe the instructors and programing shaped my future as a 2012 recipient of The Prime Minister’s Award of Excellence in Early Childhood Education; a result of preschool parent nominations. I now have a passion for the Reggio Emilia approach flamed by the experience and enthusiasm of the instructors. I am forever grateful to them for sharing their insight, vision and wisdom.Sue Woodward (Owner of Childgarden Preschool, Coquitlam, BC)
REGISTRATION
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Application Requirements

  • Completed ECE – Basic Certificate application form
  • Records of previous education
  • 3 reference letters
  • Autobiography
  • Secondary school graduation or acceptance under mature students regulations
  • Proof of completing English 12 or equivalent; English language assessment is available at all information sessions

Course costs are subject to change each term; future course offerings may charge different amounts.


Registration is only open for students who have have applied for and been accepted into the ECE Basic program.


ECE 102 – The Learning Child

Course ID Course dates / times Course location Cost How to register
4012-2 15 sessions
Tuesdays 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm
January 10 | 17 | 24 | 31, 2017
February 7 | 14 | 21 | 28, 2017
March 21 | 28, 2017
April 4 | 11 | 18 | 25, 2017
— and —
Tuesday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
March 7, 2017
Burnaby Central Secondary
6011 Deer Lake Parkway
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$375 Online:   Register now 
By phone: see numbers below
In person: see locations below

ECE 125 – Demonstration Practicum 1

Course ID Course dates / times Course location Cost How to register
4000-2 May 23, 2017 to June 2, 2017
— or —
June 5, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Various locations $300 Online:   Register now 
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ECE 130 – Guiding & Caring

Course ID Course dates / times Course location Cost How to register
4024-2 14 sessions
Saturday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
May 6, 2017
— and —
Tuesdays | Thursdays
6:45 pm to 9:45 pm
May 11, 2017 to June 20, 2017
Burnaby Central Secondary
6011 Deer Lake Parkway
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$330 Online:   Register now 
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In person: see locations below

ECE 200 – Child Growth & Development 2

Course ID Course dates / times Course location Cost How to register
4022-2 15 sessions
Thursdays 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm
January 12 | 19 | 26, 2017
February 2 | 9 | 16 | 23, 2017
March 2 | 9 | 23 | 30, 2017
April 6 | 13 | 20 | 27, 2017
Burnaby Central Secondary
6011 Deer Lake Parkway
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$375 Online:   Register now 
By phone: see numbers below
In person: see locations below

ECE 202 – Program Development 2 – Art

Course ID Course dates / times Course location Cost How to register
4017-2 14 sessions
Thursdays 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm
January 5 | 12 | 19 | 26, 2017
February 2 | 9 | 16 | 23, 2017
March 2 | 9 | 23 | 30, 2017
— and —
Saturdays 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
January 28, 2017
April 1, 2017
Burnaby Central Secondary
6011 Deer Lake Parkway
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$365 Online:   Register now 
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In person: see locations below

ECE 203 – Program Development 1 – Science / Social Studies / Math

Course ID Course dates / times Course location Cost How to register
4013-2 14 sessions
Tuesdays 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm
January 3 | 10 | 17 | 24 | 31, 2017
February 7 | 14 | 21 | 28, 2017
March 7 | 21 | 28, 2017
— and —
Saturday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
April 1, 2017
Burnaby Central Secondary
6011 Deer Lake Parkway
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$365 Online:   Register now 
By phone: see numbers below
In person: see locations below

ECE 210 – Parent / Teacher Community Relations

Course ID Course dates / times Course location Cost How to register
4018-2 14 sessions
Tuesdays | Thursdays
6:45 pm to 9:45 pm
April 4 | 6, 2017
— and —
Tuesdays 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm
May 2 | 9 | 16 | 23 | 30, 2017
June 6 | 13 | 20 | 27, 2017
— and —
Saturday
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
May 13, 2017
— and —
Saturday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
June 10, 2017
Burnaby Central Secondary
6011 Deer Lake Parkway
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$365 Online:   Register now 
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In person: see locations below

ECE 225 – Demonstration Practicum 2

Course ID Course dates / times Course location Cost How to register
4002-2 January 9, 2017 to January 27, 2017
— or —
February 6, 2017 to February 27, 2017
Various locations $370 Online:   Register now 
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ECE 230 – Health, Safety & Nutrition

Course ID Course dates / times Course location Cost How to register
4019-2 14 sessions
Thursdays 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm
May 4 | 11 | 18 | 25, 2017
June 1 | 8 | 15 | 22, 2017
— and —
Saturdays 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
May 6 | 27, 2017
June 3, 2017
Burnaby Central Secondary
6011 Deer Lake Parkway
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$365 Online:   Register now 
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In person: see locations below

ECE 250 – Demonstration Practicum 3

Course ID Course dates / times Course location Cost How to register
4003-2 April 3, 2017 to April 28, 2017 Various locations $390 Online:   Register now 
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Academic Writing

Course ID Course dates / times Course location Cost How to register
4052-2 February 2, 2017 to April 25, 2017 Burnaby Central Secondary
6011 Deer Lake Parkway
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$270 Online:   Register now 
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In person: see locations below
Registration by phone or in person:

Register by phone
604-296-6901
Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Burnaby CCE Office
5325 Kincaid Street
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Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Burnaby South Secondary
5455 Rumble Street
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Tue | Wed | Thu
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Burnaby Central Secondary
6011 Deer Lake Parkway
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Tue | Thu
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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A refund request must be submitted in writing and must include the original course registration receipt.

Fee payments originally made by credit card are credited back to the same card; for expired or invalid credit cards, refunds are made by cheque. Fee payments originally made by cash or cheque are made by cheque. Please allow 3 weeks for processing.

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