Early Childhood Education

Tuition free

We are currently accepting applicants to the Early Childhood Education (ECE) work-integrated learning (ECE-WIL) program starting in Fall 2022. This unique opportunity is designed to support working ECE Assistants who wish to obtain their Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Certificate from the ECE Registry.

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Make a difference one child at a time

We are currently accepting applicants to the Early Childhood Education and Care Diploma program Fall 2022 intake at the Nanaimo Campus. Please note that 20 hours of volunteer experience will be waived due to Covid.

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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.