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Early Childhood Education Certificate Early Childhood Education Internship Certificate

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College
For employees already working in early learning and child-care settings, there are funding opportunities to support professional development. But ?nding ways to pursue additional education while still working at a job they love can be a challenge. The Lethbridge College Early Childhood Education Internship program was designed to remove these barriers to obtaining certi?cation. Flexible Learning to Meet Your Needs Our ECE Internship, which is delivered in a highly flexible format, is intended for students who already work in the ?eld. They can work during the day to maintain their income stream and attend courses either in the early evening in-person on Lethbridge College's campus or synchronously online. Either way, students will become part of a cohort of early childhood education professionals who learn together. That collegiality is important as students learn theory and share their practical experiences together. Some courses are also offered asynchronously online, which means the student works through them when it ?ts into their schedule, while still meeting assignment deadlines. Starting in January and spread over three terms, students will learn research-based practices and immediately be able to apply theory in their workplaces. At the end of the program, students will earn a college certi?cate as well as Level 2 educator status and pay.

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3000 College Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K1L6, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements

General Requirements: All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admissions section of the calendar.

Non-Academic Requirements: Students must be currently employed in the field in a licensed or regulated child care environment for a minimum of 3 months and working at least 21 hours per week with a consistent group of children.

Note: Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Please direct your inquiries to the ECE program.


Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Pre-Placement Requirements

This program has a required Work-Integrated Learning Pre-Placement Requirements (WIL) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the WIL.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the WIL setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/ or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g., immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g., police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g., CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) coverage - WIL placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a WIL placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services at Lethbridge College preferably upon acceptance to the program and no later than the Add/Drop deadline to identify potential impacts of their disabilities in the WIL setting. As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with WIL supervisors to determine appropriate accommodations that do not compromise the health and safety of clients, essential placement requirements, or mandatory licensing processes. Failure to consult with Accessibility Services in a timely fashion may compromise the student's WIL placement and opportunities for success in the WIL setting.

In order to participate in a WIL, a student may be required to complete a Police Information Check or other type of Security Clearance to the satisfaction of Lethbridge College and the WIL organization. Completion of a WIL does not guarantee employment with a WIL organization. Many disciplines are provincially or otherwise regulated (e.g., health professions under Alberta's Health Professions Act); such regulation is beyond Lethbridge College's control. Completion of a WIL and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee one's licensure or admission into a regulatory body. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a representative of the relevant regulatory body if they have concerns.

WIL sites may include Lethbridge, surrounding rural communities, and may extend beyond these boundaries depending on WIL site availability and approvals. WILs may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

Your Investment: 

Program fees will vary. To view fee information for your program, go to and select your program.

As employees in early learning and child-care settings, students and their employers can apply for financial support:

  • The Canada-Alberta Job Grant. The employer can apply to access two-thirds of the cost of tuition, textbooks and fees, up to $10,000 per trainee per fiscal year.
  • Child Care Professional - Professional Development Funding.  The employee/student can apply for up to $1,500 a year that can go toward their tuition. The employer can apply for a paid release time grant to help fill the hours when the employee is in class.

Distance Delivery Options

Courses may be offered in a variety of formats. The format in which a course is offered may change at short notice, depending on enrolment and student needs. The current delivery formats may include on campus/face-to-face (you will attend class at a scheduled time and location. An instructor will be physically present to assist you); online (the course is delivered entirely in an online environment); blended (the course is delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online).

Application Deadline

New applicants are accepted in the Early Childhood Education Internship certificate program for on-campus delivery for the Winter (January) term.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $2,261.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $875.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $650.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid 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: Not available

Updated November 15, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

Educational program information is provided as an introduction and for general reference. For current information about programs and school requirements or policies, check the school calendar, visit their website or contact the school directly.
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