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Early Childhood Education Diploma

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College
Learning through play is central to the healthy development of young children. At Lethbridge College, we have over 20 years of experience showing people how to use art, music and play as key elements in early childhood education. Our flexible one-year certificate and two-year diploma programs in Early Childhood Education (ECE) will give you a comprehensive introduction to child growth, behaviour and development, as well as development through play. You'll also learn about health, nutrition and safety. Our flexible delivery system may allow you to take courses on-campus or online. We encourage you to develop your abilities in practicum work, focusing on children from birth to six years old. Try out new practices in the ECE demonstration program and develop techniques, materials and resources in our fully equipped curriculum lab. In fact, your certificate or diploma in Early Childhood Education will give you more than a practical grounding in child development through play. It gives you the knowledge, experience and perspective you need for an enjoyable, successful career working with young children who are developing typically or have special needs.

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3000 College Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K1L6, Canada

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  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements
 General Admission Requirements: All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a one-year Early Childhood Education certificate or equivalent from a recognized college, in order to enter the Early Childhood Education diploma program.

Practicum Experience Requirements: There is a required practicum component to this program. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.

Applicants are advised they will be required to provide a Criminal Record Check with a vulnerable sector search before entering the practicum experience component of the program. The existence of a criminal record may affect the practicum placement, program completion and employment prospects. The consequences of a prior criminal conviction will be examined and discussed on an individual basis if necessary.

Students are required to complete practicums in child care centers, preschool programs and/or kindergartens. Every effort is made to provide placements within Lethbridge; however some placements may occur in the outlying communities. Students who are completing practicum through Online Learning may complete these practicums in their own communities or nearby areas.

Your Investment: Students are responsible for the cost of the field trips relating to this program.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.

Distance Delivery Options

All courses are available on-campus and online.

Application Deadline
New students are accepted in the Early Childhood Education diploma program for on-campus delivery for the fall (September) term. Students wishing to enroll for the winter (January) term may take courses in a revised curriculum based on course availability.
This admission may result in a three term curriculum for the completion of the diploma.

Courses are also open on an individual basis for part-time study. 

Students completing the diploma program through online study are accepted for terms beginning fall (September), winter (January) or spring (May). Students choosing this route must contact the ECE program to plan their program.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2018/08/01 to 2019/07/31*.

  • Tuition $2,855.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,007.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,093.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Institute of Technology Carlow (Ireland)

Updated September 11, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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