Program Overview

We are pleased to offer our licensed Government approved Early Learning and Childcare Certificate program. Students can obtain Level 2 Early Childhood Educator Certification (ECE) through instructor-led online completion of ten courses and two 200 hour practicum hours over 52 weeks to complete the criteria for graduation. The 400 practicum hours can be completed in your current place of employment (paid practicum) or on a volunteer basis in a licensed program or school setting. We will support you in determining which learning style (in class or online) is best for you and in securing practicum placements.

  •  The ELCC program courses are not transferrable to other post-secondary institutions
  • Course credit from other institutions is not transferable to this program

This program offers each program participant:

  • 375 hours of training
  • 400 hours of practicum in a licensed Early Learning and Childcare Centre and/or School
  • Part-time evening classes in a blended format allowing participants to maintain daytime employment while attending
  • Small classroom environment
  • Qualify for Level 1 Early Childhood Educator certification upon completion of one 45-hour course
  • Qualify for Level 2 Early Childhood Educator certification upon completion of our certificate program

Vocational training licensed under the Private Vocational Training Act

Admission Requirements

Students are required to provide documentation to show that they meet the admission requirements for this program. If you are under 16 years of age, you will require a confirmation from the institution in the form of written approval from the Director of Private Career Colleges, Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education, to enroll in this program.

General Admission Requirements

  • Completion of high school diploma or equivalent; AND
  • Credit in either English 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent; OR
  • Successful completion of the General Equivalency Development Test (GED) with a standard score of 520 in Language Arts: Reading and Writing

Mature Student Admission Requirements

Applicants who have not achieved a high school diploma can apply as a mature student. To apply as a mature student you must be out of school for at least one full year before the beginning of the program and be 18 years of age or older.

  • Credit in either English 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent; OR
  • Minimum score of 80 on the reading component, 86 on the sentence component and 5 on the written essay component of the College Board Placement Test; OR
  • Successful completion of the General Equivalency Development Test (GED); OR
  • Mature Students may be admitted as conditional students to two courses in the ELCC certificate program. Upon the successful completion of these courses, and the recommendation of the Program Manager, they may be admitted to the Early Learning and Childcare Program

English as a Second Language

In addition to the program admission requirements, applicants whose second language is English must provide documentation of a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 7 or above.

program Tuition and fees

Tuition: $6300.00
Material Fees: $180.00
Graduation Fees:  $80.00
Textbooks: $1000.00
Total Cost: $7560.00

To determine your eligibility, complete the form below, and we will work with you through the process:

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