Certificates and Diplomas

ECED coordinates four certificate and two diploma programs that are designed to enhance, deepen, and enrich early childhood professional’s knowledge and skill in creating optimal and inclusive early learning environments, assessing children appropriately, communicating with families, and designing learning experiences to foster children’s development and learning.

Certificate programs are comprised of five 3-credit courses (15 credits total). Diploma programs are comprised of ten 3-credit courses (30 credits total).

Most certificate and diploma courses are available as distance education (online) courses.

If you have questions about certificates or diplomas in ECED, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Certificate in Infant Development and Supported Child Development (IDSC)

This certificate program aims to provide students with a basic foundation of the knowledge and skills needed to work with young children (birth to 9 years) with special needs and their families especially in the Infant Development Program (IDP) and the Supported Child Development program (SCD).

Certificate in Educating Young Children (EYC)

This certificate program focuses broadly on developing ECE curricula and the principles of teaching and learning in the early years (preschool to Grade 3).

This certificate requires the following course:

Plus any four upper-level undergraduate ECED courses (12 credits), or three upper-level undergraduate ECED courses (9 credits) plus one approved elective (3 credits) in a related field.

Enhancing Early Learning Certificate (EEL)

This certificate program focuses on the learning and teaching of children ages 3 to 5.

This certificate requires the three following courses (9 credits):

Plus two electives (6 credits) from the following list:

The Certificate in Enhancing Early Learning Certificate does NOT qualify persons for a certificate to work in preschool and daycare settings as a qualified early childhood educator. For information regarding regulatory requirements for registration see The Early Childhood Education Registry.

Kindergarten Instruction Certificate (KIND)

This certificate program focuses on learning and teaching in the kindergarten.

This certificate requires the three following courses (9 credits):

Plus two electives (6 credits) from the following list:

Diploma in Infant Development and Supported Child Development (IDSC)

The IDSC Diploma Program aims to provide professional and academic guidance to Infant Development (ID) and Supported Child Development (SCD) consultants, to raise their skill and knowledge levels beyond the introductory level, to enhance their level of practice, and to assist them in providing leadership (focus on ages birth to 9 years).

This diploma requires that you take all Infant Development and Supported Child Development Certificate Courses (18 credits):

Plus four approved elective courses (12 credits).

Note: One of the four electives must be taken through UBC, but the other three may be taken from approved courses offered through UBC or through other Universities or University Colleges. Approved elective credits may include, but are not limited to, courses from this listing Diplomas in EYED and IDSC Pre-approved Electives.

Diploma in Early Years Education (EYED)

This diploma is designed for teachers, early childhood educators, and other early childhood professionals who are interested in enhancing their professional practice with young children (pre-school to grade 3).

This diploma consists of the following four core courses (12 credits):

Plus a minimum of three electives courses (9 credits) from the following list:

Plus three additional ECED electives or approved Faculty of Education elective courses in related fields (9 credits). Approved elective credits may include, but are not limited to, courses from this listing Diplomas in EYED and IDSC Pre-approved Electives.

Elective Credits

Approved elective credits may include, but are not limited to, courses from this listing Diplomas in EYED and IDSC Pre-approved Electives.

*Completing the above Certificates and/or Diplomas courses may contribute to, but do not specifically qualify students for the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development Basic Early Childhood Educator Certificate.

Learn more about the University of British Columbia’s stream leading to a Basic ECE Certificate here.
Learn more about the BC Teaching Certificate through the UBC Teacher Education Office.