BC ECE Assistant Certificate

Certification by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development allows students to work with young children in an early childhood setting (ages birth to 5 years), under the supervision of a qualified Early Childhood Educator.

Following completion of one of the courses listed below (ECED 401, EPSE 406, or ECED 407), students may apply for the Early Childhood Education Assistant Certificate with the Early Childhood Registry. This allows students to work within the childcare system while continuing to complete the BC ECE Basic Certificate Program or other program of study.

Please confirm course dates for your academic year and term using the the UBC Course Calendar.

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The Program

Upon successful completion of one of the above courses, students must then apply to the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development before they will be certified to work as an ECE Assistant.

Students may choose to ladder into the BC ECE Basic Certificate Program within 5 years.

Program Fees

Tuition fees for Education undergraduate programs are found in the UBC Calendar: Post-baccalaureate Tuition. The information below is subject to change, and only information in the UBC Calendar is official.

Application fee (non-refundable):

Domestic (Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident): $ 71.75 CAD
International: $ 108.00 CAD

Domestic Tuition (cost per credit: $204.41, paid on a course-by-course basis):

1 Online course (3-credits per course): $ 613.23 CAD

International Tuition (cost per credit: $882.54, paid on a course-by-course basis):

1 Online courses (3-credits per course): $ 2,647.62 CAD

Additional fees:
Student fees do not apply when taking only online courses; instead, there is a non-refundable distance education administrative fee of $53.25 CAD per course

Distance education administration fees for 1 Online course: $ 53.25‬ CAD

Fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change (typically 2% in May of each year).

BC ECE Assistant Certificate Admission Requirements

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How to Apply

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Attention International Applicants:

Please be advised that this program is NOT eligible for a Study Permit or Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) since this is a distance learning program.

If you are interested in working in Canada after completing your studies, you may apply to an academic program on the post-secondary level that is designed with at least 8 months of full-time study in Canada and leads to a certificate, diploma or degree, so that you will be eligible for a PGWP.