This is an 8-month diploma program specialising in Infant, Toddler, and/or Special Needs. It supports and promotes Indigenous Peoples’ worldview about their children and increases knowledge in child development related to infant and toddlers, and special needs. The program is rooted in the Indigenous perspectives and wisdom of child rearing and traditional ways of contributing to and relying on the community.
Students will acquire the necessary skills and competencies for successful and multidirectional career paths in ECE. Course content includes Indigenous approaches to childrearing; learning how to put the BC Early Learning Framework (ELF) and the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework (IELCC) into practice; and how to support and promote Indigenous children’s identity development and connections with their Nation’s cultural practices and traditions.
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Students who complete the Diploma in Early Childhood Education are eligible for two additional licenses from the registry: the Early Childhood Special Needs license and the Infant and Toddler Care license.
Graduates can work independently or as the lead educator in licensed early childhood education centres with children between the ages birth to five years.
ECE 282 Advanced Child Growth and Development 3 credits
ECE 225 Field Observation I 3 credits
ECE 226 Field Observation II 3 credits
ECE 227 Working with Families 3 credits
ECE 269 Supervision and Management in Aboriginal Infant and Toddler Programs in Supported Childcare 3 credits
ECE 280 Aboriginal Health Care and Safety in Infant and Toddler Programs and in Supported Childcare 3 credits
ECE 289 Responsive & Inclusive Environments 3 credits
ECED Infancy Specialization
ECE 284 Aboriginal Practices with Infant and Toddlers 3 credits
ECE 295 Aboriginal Early Childhood Education for Infants and Toddlers (Infant/Toddler Practicum) 5 credits
ECED Special Needs Specialization
ECE 287 Practices in Supported Childcare 3 credits
ECE 288 Augmentative Communication 3 credits
ECE 281 Aboriginal Early Childhood Education for Supported Childcare (Inclusive Practicum) 5 credits
“I am from the Squamish Nation, and my two children encourage me to return to school so that I can be an inspiration for them. Before NEC, I felt like I didn’t qualify for some jobs since I didn’t receive the proper education. At NEC I found resources that helped me, and counselling was a significant support for me. I feel grateful to have completed my Certificate and am looking forward to obtain my Diploma in Indigenous Childhood Education this year