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Early Childhood Education - Basic Certificate Program

Early child Education at BCCEProgram Description
This 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'. 

This is a part-time, evening program with a choice of a completion plan of 2 and a half, or 3 years.

  • Our ECE program is approved by the Early Childhood Registry of the Ministry for Children & Families.  Course content and competencies are similar to those of other approved colleges. 
  • We offer a current program based on responsive curriculum, where learning is explored in depth based on a negotiation between the child's interests and the teacher's invitations to learn.  We include the B.C. Early Learning Framework in our pedagogical practices. 
  • Besides Early Childhood Education training, our instructors have a university degree or higher.

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

Registration Dates & Times
Students have an option of starting in January or September.  Once a student is accepted into the program they can register for individual courses.  Online registration for the Fall term opens August 01.  Registration for the Winter/Spring term opens December 01. Alternatively students can phone 604-296.6901 to register.

Application requirements

  • completed application form
  • records of previous education
  • 3 reference letters
  • autobiography
  • secondary school graduation or equivalent, or acceptance under mature students regulations
  • proof of completing English12 or equivalent. (testing available if required)

Admission requirements

  • successful interview
  • some experience with young children
  • certificate of good health
  • clear criminal record check
  • registration fee of $50

Application formECE application form

Course Fee:  Tuition for the entire ECE Basic program is approximately $4,200.  Students pay for each course separately (approx $290/course).

Free Information Sessions:

August 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Location:  Burnaby Board Office, Room 1. (5325 Kincaid St)

Thursday September 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Canada Way Education Centre

English testing available after the information session.

Free Information Sessions 

Course Location : Burnaby Central School, 6011 Deer Lake Parkway (across from City Hall).

Early Childhood Education - Post Basic Diploma program


Those who have completed the Basic ECE program may enroll in a Post Basic Specialty program.
Options are:
1.  Infant & Toddler
2.  Special Needs

If you have questions please email burnabycce@sd41.bc.ca

Admission requirements

  • Copy of ECE licence
  • a one page letter stating your values as an Early Childhood educator.
  • a copy of your ECE transcript and license to practice.

Application form: ECE Post Basic Application form

Course Fee
$2300 for one Post Basic specialty program.
$1000 for a Second Specialty program.

Free Information Sessions (ECE Post Basic):

August 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Burnaby Board Office (5325 Kincaid St).

ECE Bursary

The ECE Childhood Educators of BC has received funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to establish a bursary fund for students enrolled in ECE programs.  Priority will be given to Aboriginal students and to students working to achieve an infant/toddler educator designation.  Students will be able to apply for up to $300 per course, to a maximum of $1500 per semester. 
Bursary applications for the Fall 2014 semester will be available at www.ecebc.ca on Friday July 18, 2014. 
The deadline for Fall 2014 bursary application submissions to the ECEBC office is Friday November 7, 2014.

TESOL Certificate (ESL Teacher Training)


Who should take this course?
Designed for individuals who are either currently teaching ESL or for those who wish to enter the English language teaching field, this program will give students the necessary skills in classroom management, lesson planning and a variety of teaching methodologies.

This TESL Canada certified program is taught by an experienced and credentialed team of teachers. Students are prepared to teach Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Grammar, and Presentation skills. Students will participate in seminars discussing topics such as classroom management, matching learning outcomes to activities, conducting assessments, and developing a teaching style of their own. Students will leave the program having developed lesson plans and activities organized into a portfolio.

Course Modules include:

  • TESOL 500: Reading Skills & Teaching Methodologies
  • TESOL 501: Writing Skills & Teaching Methodologies
  • TESOL 502: Pronunciation, Speaking and Listening Skills & Teaching Methodologies
  • TESOL 503: Grammar and Vocabulary Skills & Teaching Methodologies

How long is the program?
Students will complete 100 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of practicum. This program can be taken part time during the evening (Mon, Wed, Thurs evening)

When can I start?
Intake is in September or January.  The next program starts in September 2014.

In order to participate in the practicum, students are required to have proof of Grade 12 English or equivalent.  English testing is available after the information session.

Attend a FREE information session
Tuesday September 16, 2014
Location:  Burnaby Central School, 6011 Deer Lake Parkway, Burnaby