Special Needs Educator Post-Diploma Certificate

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Graduates of the ECE program may want to continue their studies so they can work with children with special needs. NOTE: Students not having obtained an ECE Certificate/Diploma from TRU may be required to take a 1st year University Level (3 credit) English if Official Transcripts indicate the course or equivalent has not been completed.

The Special Needs Educator post diploma certificate provides ECE graduates with the opportunity to continue their studies with a focus on children with individual differences. Areas of learning include: child development, supporting children’s social skills, programming for individual children, critical reflection, working with a team of educators and other professionals to facilitate inclusion,the ECE’s professional role, and skills to support families. Students have the opportunity to connect theory and practice in practicum.

Year 2 - Semester 4 (January - April) - Offered in even numbered years

Admission Requirements

Prior completion of all of the following:
• An Early Childhood Education Diploma
• ECED 2440 Interpersonal Relations – Working with Families (or equivalent)
• ECED 2490 Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs (or equivalent
• ENGL 1100 (or equivalent)

DesignationCourse TitleCredits
ECED 3300 Practicum - Individual Children (L) 5
ECED 3310 Child Growth and Development - Individual Differences (L) 3
ECED 3350 Programming for Individual Children (L) 3
CMNS 2290 Professional Business and Technical Writing 3


  • Completion of ECED 3300, 3310, 3550, 2440 & 2490 meets the Ministry requirements for a Special Needs Certificate to practice.
  • Completion of the above courses plus a second level English meets the TRU requirements for a Special Needs Post-Diploma Certificate.

Students can enrol in the English at a later date if desired.

Also see: Infant Toddler Educator