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 once they apply for and are granted a certificate from the BC ECE Registry in the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The first cohort in this program began in September 2018. Members of this and future cohorts 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.

Students in the BC ECE Basic Certificate program will also complete the requirements to graduate with a Diploma in Early Years Education (EYED).

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The Program

The BC ECE Basic Certificate program consists of 39 credits (13 courses) of prescribed online courses and 9 credits of in-person practicum courses held at BC-licensed early childcare centres (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.

This 32-month part-time program has been designed to accommodate working students. Note, students may opt to expedite the program with a full-time schedule to complete the program earlier (minimum completion time is 16-20 months).

Below is a sample course schedule; course order may vary.

Term Course 1 Course 2 Practicum
1 ECED 400 EPSE 406 N/A
2 ECED 401 ECED 407 N/A
3 ECED 421 ECED 438 N/A
4 ECED 405A ECED 406 Practicum ECED 490 (90 hours)
5 ECED 442 EPSE 348 N/A
6 ECED 420 LLED 441 N/A
7 ECED 439 N/A Practicum ECED 491 (140 hours)
8 N/A N/A Practicum ECED 495 (195 hours)

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.

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

 
Domestic (Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident):

Application fee:
(non-refundable)
$ 73.00 CAD
Tuition - 13 online courses:
(cost per credit: $ 212.65, paid on a course-by-course basis)
$ 8,293.35 CAD
Tuition - 3 practicum courses:
(cost per credit: $ 212.65, paid on a course-by-course basis)
$ 1,913.85 CAD
Distance Education Administrative Fee - 13 courses:
(non-refundable, charged in lieu of on-campus student fees, $ 55.25 per course)
$ 718.25 CAD
Criminal Records Check Fee:
(all individuals in the Faculty of Education who will be working with students and/or vulnerable adults are required to complete a criminal records check through the Faculty of Education, payable at the start of program)
$ 28.00 CAD
Estimated Total:
(not counting supplies or textbooks)
$ 11,026.45 CAD

 
International:

Application fee:
(non-refundable)
$ 108.00 CAD
Tuition - 13 online courses:
(cost per credit: $ 954.55, paid on a course-by-course basis)
$ 37,227.45 CAD
Tuition - 3 practicum courses:
(cost per credit: $ 954.55, paid on a course-by-course basis)
$ 8,590.95 CAD
Distance Education Administrative Fee - 13 courses:
(non-refundable, charged in lieu of on-campus student fees, $ 55.25 per course)
$ 718.25 CAD
Criminal Records Check Fee:
(all individuals in the Faculty of Education who will be working with students and/or vulnerable adults are required to complete a criminal records check through the Faculty of Education, payable at the start of program)
$ 28.00 CAD
Estimated Total:
(not counting supplies or textbooks)
$ 46,674.65 CAD

 
Funding
Please note: The BC ECE Basic Certificate program is not eligible for funding through UBC or student loans.

Limited funding may be available through ECEBC. See https://www.ecebc.ca/ece-education-support-fund for current funding availability.

Admission Requirements

Find out more about the BC ECE Basic Certificate admission requirements.
 

How to Apply

Find out everything you need to know about how to apply to the BC ECE Basic Certificate.

 

Criminal Record Checks

UBC is subject to the requirements of the Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA), which means that all students who are enrolled in programs that include a practicum component involving work with children or vulnerable adults will have to undergo a criminal record check before they will be permitted to register in the practicum. The CRRA Check must be carried out by the Criminal Record Review Program (CRRP) through UBC. See Criminal Record Checks, Office of the University Counsel, for more information.

If you are found to present a risk of physical or sexual abuse to children, or physical, sexual or financial abuse to vulnerable adults, as a result of the CRRA Check, you will not be permitted to register in the practicum. As practicum is required for this program, this means that you would not be able to complete the program and you may not graduate. Therefore, you should consider this requirement carefully before applying to, or continuing in, this program.

 

Attention International Applicants:

 

  1. Please be advised that this program is NOT eligible for a 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.
  2. As a distance education program, the program is NOT eligible for a Study Permit. However, since the program has three practicum courses which are required to be done in person at BC-licensed early childcare centers, you must apply for a study permit for the time period that you will be in Canada. Please follow the instructions in the tutorial on how to apply for an initial study permit in the UBC International Student Guide. There is no guarantee your application for study permit will be approved, however, a well-prepared application with good organization of all the required documents are the key for success.
  3. You will also need to apply for a co-op work permit for your practicum. You can apply for a co-op work permit together with your study permit application.