Infant Toddler Educator Courses

Are you a qualified Early Childhood Educator who is interested in becoming an Infant-Toddler Educator?

If so, Vancouver Island University is pleased to offer the following Infant-Toddler courses online starting September 2019.

This set of second year Early Childhood Education and Care courses is intended for Early Childhood Educators currently working in the field with at least one year of ECE education completed.

Completion of these second-year courses allows students to apply for the IT Certificate to Practice through the Early Childhood Educator Registry, Ministry of Children and Family Development.  For up-to-date information on licensing requirements, visit:

The Program

The Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) program provides students with the knowledge and skills to work with young children and their families in licensed child care settings. Students progress through a series of courses and practica designed to integrate theoretical learning, self awareness, and practical experience in becoming an Infant Toddler Educator. This program is offered part-time and includes the use of Zoom conferencing.

The ECEC program is built on a strengths-based model that honors the skills, abilities and perspectives of the diverse students enrolled in the program.  Working closely with Early Childhood Faculty, the Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Chair at VIU is committed to enhancing the local and cultural relevance of education for Aboriginal early childhood practitioners. For more information visit:

Program Outline

 Fall Semester: 2019

ECEC 211 Early Childhood Program Administration

ECEC 221 Assessing and Supporting Healthy Early Development

 Spring Semester: 2020

 ECEC 223 Program Development for Infants and Toddlers

 ECEC 270 Trends and Models in Early Childhood

 Intersession/Summer Semester: 2020

 ECEC 224 Practicum IV—Infants and Toddlers

 Fall Semester: 2020

 CYC 231 An Introduction to Family Development and Support

 CYC 252 Fundamental Counselling Skills

 CYC 100 Introduction to Professional Child and Youth Care Practice or, a three credit elective  that is approved by the Program Chair.

Admission Requirements

  • General admission requirements apply.
  • English 12 with a minimum “C” grade, or equivalent.
  • Possible group interview with the program faculty.
  • Completion of first year ECEC courses.

Practicum Requirements

  • Submission of a satisfactory criminal record check is required prior to placement in an ECEC practicum.
  • Resume describing education and employment history.
  • 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 60 hours in a licensed child care facility such as a family childcare, group day care or pre-school.
  • Submission of a satisfactory doctor’s note.
  • Hold a valid first aid and CPR certificate from a course that meets licensing regulations.

How to Apply

Students can apply online at or obtain an Application for Admission form, which is available at the Registration Centres on campus.

When the Registration Centre confirms that you have been admitted, you will be advised of when and how to register and pay for your courses.

We regret that enrolment in this program is limited. Not every student who meets or exceeds the minimum admission requirements will necessarily be admitted to the program.

Start Date

The program starts in September 2019.

Bursary Information

Further Information

The Vancouver Island University Calendar is available online.
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Admissions Assistant: Melanie Cousins
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2282

Department Chair: Ocean Kneeland

Phone: 250-740-2301