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Early Childhood Education Diploma
Program Type Standard
Credential Type Diploma
Length 2 Years
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning Available
General Admission Requirements: All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admissions section of the calendar.
Academic Requirements: 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: This program has a required Practice-Based Experience (PBE) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the PBE. Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the PBE 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, IR Check, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, etc.).
Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage – PBE 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 PBE placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.
PBE sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. Students may complete a PBE in their own communities or nearby areas if possible to arrange. PBE’s 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.
Note: Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparatory Program to upgrade for your program.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.
Your Investment: Students are responsible for the cost of the field trips relating to this program.
All courses are available on-campus and online.
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.
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: Algonquin College (ON), Institute of Technology Carlow (Ireland)
Updated November 15, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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