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Early Childhood Education Diploma

Thompson Rivers University, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 14,457

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  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma
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.
  • Areas of learning include: developing relationships with children, child development, child guidance, interpersonal relations, educational theories, designing and developing curriculum content, reflective practice, working with families, and program management.
  • Practical fieldwork experience is a component of each semester. With a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience in early childhood care and education, graduates are able to work effectively with co-workers and children to become strong advocates for children and families.
  • Fees based on (15 credits/5 courses) 


Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

Limited admission

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or mature student status
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)
  • This requirement is waived for 2021 intake only - Record of 25 hours of volunteer and/or work experience completed in a licensed group, preschool or childcare facility under the supervision of a certified Early Childhood Educator
  • Attend an Applicant Readiness Interview with the ECE faculty

If you don’t meet the requirements

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


Year 1 - Semester 1 (September - December)

  • Practicum 1 4hrs
  • Child Guidance 3hrs
  • Interpersonal Relations - Communications 3hrs
  • Introduction to Program Planning 3hrs
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Childhood & Adolescence 3hrs
  • Total for semester 16hrs

Year 1 - Semester 2 (January - April)

  • Practicum 2 4hrs
  • Child Health 3hrs
  • Curriculum Development 3hrs
  • Interpersonal Relations - Helping Interactions 3hrs
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Adulthood & Aging 3hrs
  • Total for semester 16hrs

Year 2 - Semester 3 (September - December)

  • Practicum 3 - Demonstration Practicum 5hrs
  • Advanced Program Development 3hrs
  • Interpersonal Relations - Working with Families 3hrs
  • Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs 3hrs
  • Composition
  • Tuition $419.82
  • Fees $191.91
  • Books and supplies 
  • Typically about $150 per course $150.00 
  • Total (CDN) $761.75

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