BC ECE Basic Certificate

Certification by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development provides students with a basic foundation of the knowledge and skills needed to work in early childhood educational settings (ages birth to 5 years).

Graduates from this program can work as Early Childhood Educators or Assistants once they apply for and are granted a certificate from the ECE Registry in the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The first cohort in this program will begin in September 2018. Members of this cohort will follow a standard course schedule over 32 months.

Please Note: The BC ECE Basic certificate is specific to ECED professionals practicing in the province of British Columbia only, and may not meet inter-provincial or international requirements. It is up to the individual to contact the specific Early Childhood Education credentialing body in the location where they wish to work to determine if this program meets their needs.

The Program

39 credits (13 courses) of prescribed online courses and 9 credits of on-site practicum (48 credits total). Most practica will take place in the lower mainland. Once students are admitted, they can discuss with their advisor the potential for a rural or non-lower mainland practicum. The program will take approximately 32 months to complete.

Please note: Once you are admitted into the program, you will be proactively registered in the required courses based on the schedule below. You do not need to self-register.

Year 1

Sept - Dec 2018 Jan - Apr 2019 May - Aug 2019
ECED 400 ECED 401 ECED 421
EPSE 406 ECED 407 ECED 438

Year 2

Sept - Dec 2019 Jan - Apr 2020 May - Aug 2020
ECED 405 ECED 442 ECED 420
ECED 406 EPSE 348 LLED 441
Practicum ECED 490 (190 hours) no practicum

Year 3

Sept - Dec 2020 Jan - Apr 2021
ECED 439
Practicum 491 (140 hours) Practicum 495 (195 hours)

Tuition for courses applied towards a certificate is charged on a per-credit basis (all courses in the program are 3 credits).

Current tuition fees are found in the UBC Calendar: Post-baccalaureate Tuition. The information below is provided as an example, is subject to change, and only information on the UBC Calendar is official.

Program Domestic per-credit rate (Undergraduate-level courses) International per-credit rate
Diploma $196.49 $815.97

All student fees will be assessed as noted in Student Fees.

If you have additional questions regarding tuition and fees for Non-Degree or Unclassified studies, please contact Enrolment Services. 604.822.9836 | Contact via the Ask Me Form.

Admission Requirements