Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Diploma program provides an exemplary model of innovative practice and opportunities for classroom-based research so students can acquire the teaching skills to become effective educators of young children.

Areas of learning include: developing relationships with children, child development, child guidance, interpersonal relations, educational theories, designing and developing curriculum content, reflective practice, working with families, and program management. Practical fieldwork experience is a component of each semester. By consolidating a personal philosophy toward early childhood care and education, graduates are able to work effectively with co-workers and children to co-construct rich learning opportunities and become strong advocates for children and families.

Inspiring learning and creativity

Graduates embark on rewarding careers in half or full day child care programs, family child care, Head Start programs, Strong Start programs, and other child care facilities.

The ECE Diploma is offered full-time or part-time by knowledgeable, experienced faculty who are focused on student success. Students will enjoy a small class size and the option to earn their ECE diploma in just three semesters. TRU ECE graduates are respected and hired!

Early Childhood Educator

Early Childhood Educator Certification

Completion of the ECE diploma satisfies the requirements of the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development ECE Registry for Certification as an Early Childhood Educator. This program does not, by itself, qualify a person to teach in a kindergarten that is part of a public school system.

Please note: The ECE Registry requires 500 hours of work experience under the supervision of a Certified Early Childhood Educator in order to qualify for Certification as an Early Childhood Educator. Many of these hours can be completed between the second and third semesters as either volunteer or paid assistant in an early childhood setting. For further information about certification requirements, visit the BC government website or phone 250-356-6285 (Victoria) or toll-free through Enquiry BC 1-888-338-6622.

Completion of the post diploma certificate(s) satisfies the requirements of the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development ECE Registry for Certification as a Special Needs Educator and/or an Infant and Toddler Educator.

ECE Grads
TRU Early Childhood Education students become valued employees as our society endeavors to recruit and retain qualified educators. The high standards set by the program are clearly evident as students work toward completing their practicum placements. Upon completion of their courses, and as employees, we find the competencies and quality of the students from TRU to be above average in the early childhood experiences and in-depth relationships they bring to our children and centre. Director of a Kamloops non profit child care society
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