Early Childhood Education and Care

VIU International, Canada
Early Childhood Education and Care
Next enrollment cycle September 2024 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 2,676,964
Course Accredited By NA
2 Years On Campus Undergraduate Diploma

Do you want to make a difference? Nurture the curiosity and development of young children by preparing for a rewarding career in Vancouver Island University’s Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) program.

This flexible full or part-time early child care diploma program offers in-depth theoretical learning and practical experience working with trained early childhood educators to build connections within the industry. The five practicum placements prepare students for careers in licensed early childcare and learning centres, government, early intervention, Aboriginal early learning centres, or schools or post-secondary institutions.

Graduates of the early childhood diploma program have gone on to stimulating careers as early child care assistants and early childhood educator, to name a few.

The Early Childhood Education and Care program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with young children and their families in licensed child care settings. Students progress through an interrelated series of courses and practica designed to integrate theoretical learning, awareness of self in relationships, and practical experience in becoming an Early Childhood Educator. This program may be completed on a part- or full-time basis.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2024

Entry Requirements

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 60 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 to be scheduled during the month of April.
  • Applicants who submit a completed application form by the end of February may be offered an earlier interview date.

Year 1 – Fall Semester

  • Principles and Practices of Guiding and Caring
  • Practicum I
  • Interpersonal Communication: Theory and Practice
  • Program Planning: Development Through Play
  • Degree English Requirement
  • Child Development I

Year 1 – Spring Semester

  • Roots and Trends of Canadian Early Childhood Education Practice
  • Principles and Practices of Wellness
  • Practicum II
  • Program Planning: Creative Expression
  • Child Development II

Year 1 – Intersession

  • Practicum III
  • Program Planning: Discovering Our World

Year 2 – Fall Semester

  • Assessing and Supporting Healthy Early Development
  • Program Development for Infants and Toddlers
  • Trends and Models in Early Childhood
  • Introduction to Professional Child and Youth Care Practice
  • elective approved by Department
  • An Introduction to Family Development and Support
  • Family Studies

Year 2 – Spring Semester

  • Early Childhood Program Administration
  • Program Development for Children with Diverse Abilities
  • Practicum IV - Infants and Toddlers
  • Fundamental Counselling Skills

Degree English Requirement

Year 2 – Intersession

  • Practicum V–Children with Diverse Abilities


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