Early Childhood Education

Make a difference one child at a time

Starting January 7, 2021 ECEC Certificate Program. Fulltime, online courses Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care.

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Program Mission Statement

The ECEC program at VIU offers meaningful, contextualized, and interwoven theory courses and extensive practica experiences to support students' emerging knowledge and professional practice as they work with young children, families, and community partners in ways that are grounded in the principles of the BC Early Learning Framework, Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework, the ECEBC Code of Ethics, BC Child Care Sector Occupational Competencies, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action, Child Care Licensing Regulation and UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In doing so, we are committed to creating healthy, sustainable, democratic and socially just communities.

Why Early Childhood Education?

The Early Childhood Education and Care program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with young children and their families in licensed child care settings. Students progress through an interrelated series of courses and practicum placements designed to integrate theoretical learning, awareness of self in relationships, and practical experience in becoming a professional Early Childhood Educator. This program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.