Early Childhood Education
Prepare for a rewarding career promoting the development of young children with our Early Childhood Education program. Help guide children as they grow physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially.
What you help children learn and experience through their early years will impact their entire future. With this two-year diploma program, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality early learning and child care to young children. This program is provincially accredited by the Child Care Qualifications and Training Committee (CCQTC).
Be part of enhanced learning experiences, including collaborating with community partners on projects, industry field trips and guest speakers, and two practicum placements. Learn from knowledgeable instructors who model industry best practices.
Learn how important play is for childhood development; learn the skills you need to provide the right intellectual stimulation, as well as opportunities for physical, emotional and social growth. As an Early Childhood Educator, your warmth, understanding and patience are essential to working with culturally diverse children and families.
With an increasing need for early learning and child care settings, employment opportunities are abundant. You can find work in full and part-time programs with children from infants to school-age.
Please note: We are currently not accepting any new students into the distance delivery of this program.
Early Childhood Education Workplace Program
Assiniboine also offers the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workplace Program which is an accelerated program delivered over two years. It is designed for employed childcare assistants with two years of work experience who are currently employed at a childcare centre. Visit the program page for more information.
**As part of the college’s multiyear plan and commitment to improving the student experience, this program is under review. Program changes may occur for 2023-24.**
A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent
English 40G/40S or equivalent with a minimum mark of 60%
Current criminal record vulnerable sector check
Current child abuse registry check
English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.
Program Application Checklist
Please use the ECE Program Application Checklist to help you submit a complete application.
If you are an international applicant, please read our Helpful Information for International Applicants prior to applying to this program.
Criminal Record Check/Abuse Registry Checks
Many agencies where students are placed for practicum experience require students to disclose convictions for any offenses. In some instances, applicants with a criminal record or listed on the Child Abuse Registry may not be admitted to the program. If you fall into one of these categories, please contact the School of Health & Human Services prior to applying.
Credit For Past Work and Informal or Formal Education and Training
As long as you have the equivalent of two full years of work experience in an early childhood setting, you are eligible to pursue credit through the Prior Learning Assesment and Recognition (PLAR) process for practicums. You may also be eligible for transfer of credit for related post-secondary education completed at the college or university level.
Child Care Assistant: 40-Hour Course Registration
For information regarding 40-hour course registration for classification as a Child Care Assistant, please refer to the Child Care Assistant course webpage.
Early Childhood Education Workplace Program
For information regarding the ECE Workplace program, please refer to the Workplace Education tab above.
Careers & Connections
Positions are available in a variety of settings, including infant, pre-school and school age programs, nursery schools, Head Start, and other Child and Family resource facilities.
This program is provincially accredited by Child Care Qualifications and Training Committee (CCQTC). Graduates are eligible for classification from Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care as an Early Childhood Educator Level 2 (ECE II).
For those seeking qualifications to meet the Child Care Assistant role, visit assiniboine.net/cca.
Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) Honours Degree
A new agreement between Assiniboine Community College and Brock University will give Assiniboine graduates the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) Honours degree, delivered online so students can remain in Manitoba.
Applications for Brock University Honours degree for the coming year close on February 1, 2023.
If you’re interested in learning more, Brock University has many resources available on the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) Honours degree:
Virtual Information Sessions
- Tuesday November 22, 5:30-6:30pm – Register here
- Tuesday December 20, 12:00-1:00pm – Register here
- Information video (Youtube)
- Program page
- Application process/options page (Applications close February 1, 2023)
- A completed ECE diploma is required to begin the program.
- The BECE degree is an online program open to domestic and international students.
- Full-time or part-time studies are available.
- Complete an honours degree in as little as two years full time, or complete it over many years while balancing work, family and studies.
Tools & Supplies
Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.
- Program Checklist - Early Childhood Education - Brandon
- Program Checklist - Early Childhood Education - Dauphin
- Program Checklist - Early Childhood Education - Workplace Education
- Program Checklist - Early Childhood Education (Virden Workplace)
- Program Checklist - Early Childhood Education (Parkland Workplace)
- Booklist - Early Childhood Education - Year 1 - Parkland
- Booklist - Early Childhood Education - Distance
- Booklist - Early Childhood Education Workplace - Year 1
- Booklist - Early Childhood Education Workplace - Year 2
Students in this program are required to bring their own laptop for use on-campus. The laptop must meet the technical needs outlined by the program. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for detailed information.
Courses & Costs
Estimated Program Costs (Domestic students)
|Credits||Tuition||Course fees||Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium)||Estimated textbooks, tools and supplies|
|Early Childhood Education (YR 1)||74||$4,080||$820||$500||$1,460|
|Early Childhood Education (YR 2)||62||$3,420||$640||$460||$530|
All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.
Estimated Program Costs (International students)
|Credits||Tuition||Course Fees||Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium)||Required Health Insurance||Textbooks, Tools, & Supplies|
|Early Childhood Education (YR 1)||74||$18,740||$820||$500||$750||$1,460|
|Early Childhood Education (YR 2)||62||$15,710||$640||$460||$750||$530|
All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice. All international students must purchase health insurance. The college adds this fee to your student account and then sends your name and fee to the insurance provider on your behalf.
To graduate with an Early Childhood Education diploma, students must successfully complete 136 credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline. Course offerings are subject to change and may vary by intake.
Year One Courses
Applied Practical Skills 1 (PRAC-0318)
This course provides students with the opportunity to apply their first year of studies, knowledge, and skill demonstration to reflect in areas of the professional, the child, the environment, curriculum, and relationships. Students engage in a 260-hour practicum field experience.
Art, Literature and Play (ECED-0056)
This course examines the importance of art, dramatic play and literature in a play-based early childhood curriculum. It provides students the opportunity to develop engaging and inclusive activities to support creativity and self-expression as part of holistic development.
Children's Health & Well-Being (PSSY-0114)
This course introduces students to the basic principles and practices of health and safety promotion, occupational health and safety, and illness prevention and management. Students explore the evidence-based research surrounding proper nutrition, active living, and social/emotional well-being as it applies to children from birth to age 12. Students learn how an integrated health curriculum supports the overall well-being of children and demonstrates respect for culturally inclusive practices, values, and traditions. This course includes an overview of the early childhood educator's roles and responsibilities in identifying, recording, and responding to child abuse and incorporating trauma informed approaches to support children and families in crisis.
College Foundations (PEDV-0356)
This course improves students’ ability to navigate the college experience and environment, including student's rights, roles, and responsibilities. In this course, students reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and develop learning strategies to help them to become successful, resilient, and self-directed learners. The course covers topics such as success in online learning, time management strategies, learning strategies, assessment taking strategies, academic integrity, information and digital literacy, and wellness, among others. It integrates elements of student orientation.
Communication Essentials (COMM-0411)
This course provides students with an introduction to the theory and principles of communication. Students are able to demonstrate professional and academic presentations, using written and oral skills for employment in the field of early childhood education.
Family Dynamics (PSSY-0115)
Early childhood educators must understand the significance of positive family relationships, as well as the role they play in supporting families. This course provides an opportunity to reach this understanding as students learn to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support, empower, and engage families in their children's development and learning.
Guiding Young Children (ECED-0058)
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of guidance and strategies early childhood educators employ to provide children with a nurturing and respectful environment in which to grow. Students also explore their own personal beliefs and values in regard to children's behaviour. They are introduced to indirect and direct guiding techniques and the early childhood educator's role in guiding routines and daily activities indoors and outdoors. Strategies to foster the development of a positive sense of self are explored.
Indigenous Perspectives (INDG-0010)
This course serves as a foundational basis for Early Childhood Education students. Topics include: an overview of pre-colonial contexts, traditional child rearing practices, colonial expansions (treaties, disruption of Indigenous families and social structures, residential schools), current trends, cultural competency, the revitalization of Indigenous languages and how these issues impact Indigenous children and families.
Infant and Toddler Development (PSSY-0117)
This course introduces the principles, processes and theories of human development. Influences on prenatal development and the newborn's capacities are explored. The physical, cognitive, language, emotional and social domains of development and milestones reached through infancy and toddlerhood are the focus of this course.
Overview of Early Learning (ECED-0061)
This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education. Students are introduced to the profession of early childhood education, the role, and qualities of the early childhood educator as well as several types of early childhood settings and to the provincial regulations for early learning and care. Learning to create play-based experiences based on observation are examined. The practice of planning, implementing, and evaluating a rich play-based curriculum for children is utilized to build skills to form the basis for implementing emergent curriculum.
Preschool Development (PSSY-0118)
This course focuses on the development of the preschool child. The physical, cognitive, language, emotional and social domains of development and milestones of children ages two to six are explored through theory, research and observation.
Professional Practice (PEDV-0368)
Professional skills are vital to the role of the Early Childhood Educator. Students examine the occupational standards for Early Childhood Educators and topics of confidentiality, professional conduct and a culturally responsive attitude. Students learn the process of applying for jobs in the field of early childhood education including resume writing, interviewing and gain knowledge in the job description of the Early Childhood Educator. An introduction to the purposes and outcomes of professional observation and documentation are presented. Occupational Health practices are explored as a key aspect to support the role of the Early Childhood Educator.
Year Two Courses
Applied Practical Skills 2 (PRAC-0319)
This course provides students with the opportunity to apply reflective practice, observation, planning, implementation, documentation, and assessment knowledge learned from various courses at the end of the two-year ECE diploma program. Students engage in a 260-hour practicum field experience.
Building Partnerships (PSSY-0113)
This course introduces students how to develop authentic, meaningful and respectful partnerships with children, families and community. Learners explore the importance of partnerships, strategies to develop cooperation and actively engage with stakeholders to build and maintain connections.
Creative Play and Design (ECED-0057)
This course explores ways to transform an early learning and childcare environment. Students are exposed to provincial licensing regulations, guidelines, and best practices that affect the daily operation of an environment. They examine the elements of design and apply that knowledge by transforming a space within an early learning program. Students use observation to analyse children's indoor and outdoor play to create a rich and diverse climate for play and learning.
Curriculum Development (ECED-0051)
Prerequisites: ECED-0004 Curriculum Planning 1, PSSY-0022 Child Development 2
Inclusion in Early Learning (PSSY-0116)
This course provides an overview of the inclusion of children with additional support needs in early childhood settings. It examines the causes and characteristics of a variety of exceptionalities, as well as the effect on children's development. Existing practices of assessment, referral and intervention for young children are explored. The focus is on early childhood practices and procedures necessary for including children with diverse abilities in early childhood settings.
Language and Emerging Literacy (ECED-0059)
Early Childhood Educators require knowledge and understanding of how to promote literate behaviours in early childhood programs. This course incorporates theory with related activities appropriate for literacy and language development required in the early childhood setting. Students also examine the topic of numeracy with young children and develop skills in stimulating communication among children and adults.
Music & Movement Through Play (ECED-0060)
Students explore how music and movement supports healthy development, the role of the early childhood education in fostering play and creating anti-bias environments for play. Students further develop skills in planning music and movement experiences for young children.
School Age Development (ECED-0062)
This course involves the study of the development of the school age child and adolescent. Through the study of theory, research and observation, students explore the physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development and milestones of children ages six to twelve, as well as the stages of development that mark the transitions through adolescence.
Science Through Play (ECED-0063)
Students further develop their skills in planning play experiences for children in the area of sciences. Students learn how to facilitate introductory experiences for young learners in their use of basic technology. Observations and activities are used to build skills in creating a rich responsive curriculum for children.
Teaching Strategies (ECED-0013)
Prerequisites: ECED-0001 Guiding Children's Behaviour, PSSY-0020 Child Development 2
The Reflective Professional (PEDV-0369)
This course provides students with essential knowledge as a part of professional reflective practice. Students examine professional and ethical behaviour, as advocates for the rights of children and families. Learners develop skills in reflective practice and critical thinking. They also develop a personal philosophy while comparing other program philosophies at various early learning and childcare settings.
The entire Early Childhood Education diploma program is currently not available for study through distance education. A select number of courses in the Early Childhood Education program are available for study by distance. To see when courses are being offered throughout the year, the costs and how long you have to complete them, click on the schedule below.
If you are interested in the full program, applications are currently being accepted for the full-time, on-campus, day program. Apply online at www.assiniboine.net/applynow.
2022-23 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION DISTANCE EDUCATION SCHEDULE
2023-24 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION DISTANCE EDUCATION SCHEDULE
- If you are an active Assiniboine student in the Early Childhood Education program, you can register and pay online for your next course using MyACC. You can also register directly with the Registrar’s Office by calling 204.725.8701 to register with a credit card.
- If you are not an active Assiniboine student in the Early Childhood Education diploma program, but you are interested in taking a few courses, you may do so up to a maximum of 12 credits. You can register directly with the Registrar’s Office by calling 204.725.8701 to register with a credit card.
- If you are interested in options for Child Care Assistants and Family Child Care Providers to fulfill the 40-hour training requirement visit the Child Care Assistant webpage.
The deadline to register is the 20th of the prior month however, you can register at any time - you don’t need to wait for the deadline. For example, for February 1st courses, the deadline to register is January 20th.
Once you have registered for your course, you’ll get information about your instructor, how to purchase your textbook(s) and course delivery.
We recommend that you start with one course to get a feel for the course load. After that, it's up to you how many courses you take.
Please ensure that you review our academic policies, including policy A20: Registering, Adding and Dropping Courses, which explains the refund policy for distance education courses.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the next program information session?
Program information sessions are completely free to attend, and we invite you to bring a guest along as well. It's a good idea to register in advance so we know you're coming.
To find the complete schedule for our program information sessions and to RSVP, visit the program information session page.
How much can I get reimbursed with the ECE Tuition Reimbursement program ?
You can find details about the program, including reimbursement amounts, on the province’s website.
Am I eligible for reimbursement?
Eligibility requirements for this reimbursement program can be found here.
How do I apply for reimbursement?
Visit the following webpage to learn more about the application process and requirements
How do I get the proof of enrolment and tuition costs as required by the application?
The current application requires proof of enrolment and tuition costs be submitted alongside your application. You can locate these required documents on your MyACC account. See the instruction sheet attached.
Am I eligible for reimbursement if my tuition was paid by a sponsor?
Please visit the tuition reimbursement webpage, which includes full program details, FAQs and contact information for the program:
I am thinking about applying to ECE in the future. Will I be eligible for reimbursement?
Eligibility requirements for the tuition reimbursement program, can be found here.