ECEC online diploma program

Are you passionate about working with young children? Do you want to nurture children's curiosity, wonder, joy and learning? The field of early childhood education and care (ECEC) is growing in Canada, and graduates of the VIU ECEC program are in high demand. 

In the ECEC online diploma program you can work while you learn. The combined online theoretical courses and in-person practicum experiences can be taken full-time or part-time..

This program gives you the knowledge and skills necessary to work with young children and their families in licensed child care settings. specialize in working with infants and toddlers and working with children with diverse abilities.  

Tuition assistance

Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC) offers bursaries through the ECE Education Support Fund (up to $500 per course). Learn more about the ECE Education Support Fund

Year 1

Spring (January to April)

  • ECEC 110 - (Child Development I)
  • ECEC 120 - (Principles and Practices of Guiding and Caring)
  • ECEC 130 - (Principles and Practices of Wellness)
  • ECEC 150 - (Interpersonal Communication: Theory and Practice)

Intersession (May to August)

  • ECEC 111 - (Child Development II)
  • ECEC 133 - (Practicum I)
  • ECEC 170 - (Program Planning: Development through Play)
  • ECEC 200 - (Roots and Trends of Canadian Early Childhood Education Practice)

 Fall (September to December)

Year 2

Spring (January to April)

  • CYC 231 - (An Introduction to Family Development and Support)
  • ECEC 204 - (Program Planning: Discovering our World)
  • ECEC 205 - (Practicum III)
  • ECEC 270 - (Trends and Models in Early Childhood)

Intersession (May to June)

  • CYC 100 - (Introduction to Professional Child and Youth Care Practice) or Approved Elective by Department
  • ECEC 221 - (Assessing and Supporting Healthy Early Development)
  • ECEC 223 - (Program Development for Infants and Toddlers)
  • ECEC 224 - (Practicum IV - Infants and Toddlers)

Fall (September to December)

  • CYC 252 - (Fundamental Counselling Skills)
  • ECEC 222 - (Program Development for Children with Diverse Abilities)
  • ECEC 231 - (Practicum V–Children with Diverse Abilities)
  • ENGL 125 - (Literature and Culture) - Optional

  • General admission requirements apply.
  • English 12 with a minimum “C” grade, or equivalent.
  • Résumé describing education and employment background.
  • Two letters of reference, completed on a University Reference Form, from persons other than relatives. At least one letter of reference must document completion of 20 hours in a licensed child care facility such as a family childcare, group day care or pre-school.
  • Group interview with the program Chair and faculty.

Notes on Admission

  • Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.

Practicum Placements

  • Documented completion of a C.P.R. Emergency Child Care Certificate, or equivalent (e.g., St. John’s Ambulance Standard First Aid Certificate or Basic Life Support, Level B). The First Aid certification must be valid for entire practicum placements. Documentation to be submitted to ECEC Faculty before first day of practicum.
  • Fieldwork and/or practicums will require a satisfactory criminal record check prior to placement. Criminal Record Checks are requested through VIU. The Registration Centre at VIU will contact prospective students by mail regarding the requirements for a Criminal Record Check. Criminal Record Checks are processed through the Ministry according to the Criminal Records Review Act. A check completed through the RCMP is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the Act.

Graduates are in high demand for a wide range of careers in licensed preschools, infant/toddler and 3-5 group care, multi-aged programs, infant and supported child development, Aboriginal Head Start, family support services, school-based programs such as Strong Start, child care licensing, and many more.

Completion of the ECEC diploma program meets the eligibility requirements to apply for admission to the third year of the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care at Vancouver Island University or third year Bachelor of Education at Vancouver Island University.

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for Year 1

Amount

Application Fee

44.70

Tuition* (36 credits x $163.14 per credit)

5,873.04

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

234.92

Student Services fee (36 credits x $7.21 per credit)

259.56

VIU Students' Union fee (12 months x $26.59 per month)

319.08

Health and Dental Plan fee ($265.00 per year)

265.00

Books and supplies per year (approximate costs)

1,983.00

Special project supplies (approximate costs)

500.00

Yearly student membership to professional organization (ECEBC)

75.00

Criminal Record Check

45.55

Total

9599.85

Fees for Year 2

Amount

Tuition (36 credits x $163.14 per credit)

5,873.04

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

234.92

Student Services fee (36 credits x $7.21 per credit)

259.56

VIU Students' Union fee (12 months x $26.59 per month)

319.08

Health and Dental Plan fee ($265.00 per year)

265.00

Books and supplies per year (approximate costs)

1,983.00

Yearly student membership to professional organization (ECEBC)

75.00

Graduation Fee

57.41

Total

9,067.01

Notes

Students are responsible for travel expenses to practicum placements.

The VIUSU Health and Dental Plan fee is assessed for all students enrolled in 6 credits or more per term, or in Trades/Vocational programs of 5 months or longer.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice and are expected to increase by 2% each year on April 1.

* Dates are subject to change

** Late applications may be accepted if there is still room in the program

Description Date
Applications Open

September 25, 2023

Apply to VIU

Information Session

November 16, 2023

6:30PM-8:00PM

Applications Close** December 10, 2023
Proof of Admission Requirements - Document Deadline December 18, 2023
Non-refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due Due upon offer acceptance
Balance of Tuition Due January 22, 2024

Last Day to Withdraw with partial refund (no refunds will be issued after this date).

February 1, 2024

Program Start

January 8, 2024

Program End

December, 2025

For registration information, please contact:

Admissions Assistant: Melanie Cousins
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext. 2282
Email: Melanie.Cousins@viu.ca

Department Chair: Summer Lin
Phone: 250.740.6598
Email: ECECchair@viu.ca