Early Childhood Education

For complete program information see the online Okanagan College Calendar.

The Early Childhood Education Diploma is currently undergoing revision. This may impact the configuration of the September 2014 program.

Professionals in the field of Early Childhood Education are people who are committed to caring for all children within the contexts of both the family and the community. Child caregivers are trained to understand the developmental needs of children from birth to age twelve. From this understanding, they can work with all children respectfully and responsively - planning environments that are developmentally appropriate to social, emotional, physical, intellectual and creative growth.

If you want to work with children in group care situations such as daycare centres, family child care, pre-schools or out of school care programs, you will require successful completion of a training program in order to qualify for a "Licence to Practice in B.C." We can give you that training!

Completion of a program in Early Childhood Education from this institution is the first step in becoming a Certified Early Childhood Educator in British Columbia. For information on additional requirements, please see the Ministry of Children & Family Development web page at http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/ece/. The ECE Registry can be contacted
Toll Free through the Child Care Call Centre 1-888-338-6622 or directly at (250) 356-6285.

We offer a cutting edge and provincially recognized diploma program, organized into four semesters. Our program looks at how children develop, our role as adults involved in their care, how to design programs and access community resources for quality care of children outside their home and providing care for children who require additional support. Our graduates can go on to further training in Infant and Toddler care.

A successful Early Childhood Education Student and Graduate has the ability to plan developmentally responsive programs for children and their families, and has...

  • a caring and accepting attitude
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • self-awareness
  • skills in critical thinking
  • flexibility
  • an acceptance of diversity