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Early Childhood Education Diploma

Join the Early Childhood Education Diploma program in Williams Lake. Applications for the Fall 2024 intake are now open. » Apply today


Prepare yourself for a vital role in child care with coursework that provides a mix of child development theory and hands-on experience, in both on-campus and community-based childcare programs. ECE includes three semesters of study, with specializations in Infant/Toddler and Special Needs available in the fourth semester.


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.

Admission Requirements

Limited admission

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or mature student status
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)

After acceptance into and before commencement of the program, students will:

  1. Provide an immunization schedule
  2. Volunteer and/or complete work experience of 25 hours in a licensed group preschool or childcare facility and under the supervision of a certified Early Childhood Educator
  3. Attend an information session
  4. Complete a Consent for Criminal record check (CRC clearance needed before the commencement of practicum)
 If you don’t meet the requirements

You can take upgrading courses at TRU to help you meet the requirements of this program.

» Talk to a student recruiter about your options. You may be eligible for free tuition. Or learn more about upgrading.

Next Steps

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for this program per semester:

  • Canadian
  • International
Choose the number of courses:
Tuition $0.00
Fees $0.00
Books and supplies
Typically about $150 per course
Total (CDN) $0.00

Does not include a lab fee of $21.71 that may apply to some courses.

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