Overview

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 four 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; however, applicants are able to apply to this program and will be waitlisted for future course registration.

Admissions

This is a competitive entry program. Early application is strongly recommended. To view the competitive entry requirements for this program, please visit the competitive entry page.

  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent

  • English 40G/40S or equivalent with a minimum mark of 60%.

  • Current criminal record check

  • Current child abuse registry check

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 be unable to complete the program. If you fall into one of these categories, please contact the School of Health & Human Services prior to applying. 

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. 

Please use the ECE Program Application Checklist to help you submit a complete application.

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

Careers

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.

Connections

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).

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.

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:

Booklists:


At-Home Computing

Programs at Assiniboine have certain technology requirements. Students require access to computer devices at home and may be required to bring these on campus when instructed.

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer at home. It should have a webcam, microphone and internet access to enable remote learning for the theory portions of your programs.

At-Home Computing Information

Courses & Costs

To graduate with an Early Childhood Education diploma, students must successfully complete 136 credits.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $4,770 for year one and $3,990 for year two. Estimated costs for books and supplies are $1,890 for year one and $630 for year two. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice. 

Estimated Program Costs (International, 2021-22)
  Credits Tuition & Related Fees Textbooks, Tools, & Supplies Student Health Insurance
Early Childhood Education (Year 1) 74 $18,650 $1,890 $1,000 
Early Childhood Education (Year 2) 62 $15,580 $630 $1,000 

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.

 

Year One Courses
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Applied Practical Skills 1 (ECED-0044)

Prerequisites: ECED-0006 Art, PSSY-0020 Child Development 2, ECED-0001 Guiding Children's Behaviour
This course integrates theory with practice in an early childhood setting. Students do a two-week block placement implementing creative activities based on observation of children's interests. Students practice and refine guiding skills and activity implementation skills.

5 credit(s) No Yes Yes
Applied Practical Skills 2 (ECED-0045)

Prerequisites: ECED-0044 Applied Practical Skills 1, ECED-0049 Music and Movement, ECED-0005 Literature
Corequisites: ECED-0001 Guiding Children's Behavior, PSSY-0020 Child Development 2
This course integrates theory with practice in an early childhood setting. Students do a three-week block placement implementing creative activities based on observation of children's interests. Students practice and refine transition and guiding group skills.

6 credit(s) No Yes Yes
Art (ECED-0006)

Prerequisite: ECED-0004 Curriculum Planning 1
This course focuses on the importance of creative self-expression for the young child. Emphasis is on art experiences that are appropriate to the developmental levels of children focusing on the process rather than the product.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Child Development 1 (PSSY-0029)

This course involves the study of developmental stages from birth to toddlerhood that are essential for the early childhood educator to provide children with a nurturing and stimulating environment. The principles, processes and theories of development, birth and the newborn baby are discussed. The development of the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language domains and milestones reached through infancy and toddlerhood are the focus of this course.

6 credit(s) No Yes No
Child Development 2 (PSSY-0020)

Prerequisites: PSSY-0029 Child Development 1, COMP-0414 Documentation
This course involves the study of the development of the preschool child, through theory, research and observation. Students apply their knowledge of physical, social/emotional, language and cognitive development to plan developmentally appropriate, stimulating activities for children ages two to five.

6 credit(s) No Yes No
College Foundations (PEDV-0345)

This course will improve students' ability to navigate the college experience and environment, including student's rights, roles, and responsibilities. In this course, students will 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.

0 credit(s) No No No
Curriculum Planning 1 (ECED-0004)

Early childhood educators require knowledge and ability to plan and provide activities that meet the child's development skill levels, needs and interests. They require skill in assessing activities and evaluating its potential. In this course, students become familiar with activity planning strategies and the planning form used throughout the diploma program curriculum.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Documentation (COMP-0414)

Students are introduced to documentation strategies used in early childhood settings and create documents using the computer and other technology.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Family Dynamics (PSSY-0019)

Early childhood educators must understand the significance of positive family relationships. This course provides an opportunity to reach this understanding.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Guiding Children's Behaviour (ECED-0001)

Prerequisites: COMP-0414 Documentation, PSSY-0029 Child Development 1
This course introduces the basic concepts of guidance and strategies early childhood educators employ to provide children with a nurturing and respectful environment in which to grow.

6 credit(s) No Yes No
Health, Nutrition and Safety 1 (ECED-0002)

This course introduces students to the basic principles and practices of good health promotion, occupational health and illness prevention, and management.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Interpersonal Communications (COMM-0035)

This course provides students with a general introduction to the theory and principles of interpersonal communication. Students develop and practice skills to improve communication effectiveness.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Leadership and Team Building (PEDV-0178)

This course introduces students to the principles, issues and skills involved in developing effective leadership and group communication abilities. It emphasizes leadership skills, group process and problem solving.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Literature (ECED-0005)

Prerequisite: ECED-0004 Curriculum Planning 1
Early childhood educators require knowledge and understanding of literature for young children and how such experiences contribute to the child's development. This course incorporates theory with related activities appropriate for the literature curriculum in early childhood settings.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Music and Movement (ECED-0049)

Prerequisites: ECED-0004 Curriculum Planning 1
This course explores modern day approaches to music and movement with the early learning and child care environment, both indoors and outdoors. The course guides students through the concepts and strategies to incorporate music and movement in the daily approach to curriculum planning. Students prepare and implement music and movement curriculum to support an anti-bias environment.

6 credit(s) No No No
Overview of Early Childhood (ECED-0031)

This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education. Students are introduced to a variety of early childhood settings directly through five days of practical experience and indirectly through course work. Comparisons are made of routines, schedules, activities and the role of staff within the settings. Influences on early childhood education outside of the setting are identified and described.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Play (ECED-0020)

Prerequisites: ECED-0004 Curriculum Planning 1, ECED-0001 Guiding Children's Behaviour
This course introduces students to the value of play in children's learning and development. The focus is on how play changes as children reach each stage of development, what factors influence children's play and the early childhood educator's role in children's play.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Professional Development (PEDV-0179)

This course reviews basic professional development including an introduction to ethics, basic writing skills, basic principles of communication and identification of personal goals.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Self Understanding 1 (PSSY-0050)

Focusing on the self, the course assists in examining the multidimensional facets of one's identity, personal development and definitions of quality of life.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Understanding Child Abuse (PSSY-0021)

This course introduces the early childhood educator's role and responsibilities in recognizing, reporting, handling and assisting in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Year Two Courses
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Applied Practical Skills 3 (ECED-0046)

Prerequisites: ECED-0045 Applied Practical Skills 2, ECED-0013 Teaching Strategies, ECED-0051 Curriculum Development, ECED-0010 Science
This course integrates theory with practice in an early childhood setting. Students do a four-week block placement applying their personal teaching strategies and playroom management along with implementing creative activities based on observation of children's interests. Students practice and refine communication skills with parents and mentors.

7 credit(s) No Yes Yes
Applied Practical Skills 4 (ECED-0047)

Prerequisites: ECED-0046 Applied Practical Skills 3, ECED-0019 Design the Children's Setting, ECED-0048 Language and Literacy
This course integrates theory with practice in an early childhood setting. Students do a four-week block placement applying their skills in guiding children through an emergent project. Students design and develop a learning centre related to the emergent project and compile project documentation for parents and early childhood education centre staff.

7 credit(s) No Yes Yes
Building Partnerships (PSSY-0073)

Students develop strategies and skills to build partnerships with parents and community agencies.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Children With Special Needs (PSSY-0025)

Prerequisites: PSSY-0020 Child Development 2, ECED-0013 Teaching Strategies, ECED-0050 School Age Care, ECED-0001 Guiding Children's Behavior
This course provides an overview of the inclusion of children with extra support needs in early childhood settings. It examines the causes and characteristics of a variety of exceptionalities, as well as their effect on the child's development. Existing practices of assessment, referral and treatment of young children are explored. The focus is on early childhood practices and procedures necessary for including children with diverse abilities in early childhood settings.

6 credit(s) No Yes No
Critical Issues (ECED-0022)

Prerequisites: COMP-0414 Documentation, PEDV-0009 Professionalism, ECED-0052 Philosophy and Curriculum
This course introduces students to the basic techniques involved in research and critical analysis of various current issues relevant to the field of early childhood education. Through selected readings and videos, students begin to explore how broad social issues, social policy and various early childhood philosophies affect the way we care about children and families.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Curriculum Development (ECED-0051)

Prerequisites: ECED-0004 Curriculum Planning 1, PSSY-0022 Child Development 2
This course explores modern day approaches that can be considered in the development of curriculum. The course guides students through the emergent and project approach to curriculum planning. Students analyse factors that affect curriculum including scheduling and the creation of an anti-bias environment.

6 credit(s) No No No
Design the Children's Setting (ECED-0019)

Prerequisite:ECED-0046 Applied Practical Skills 3
This course is about establishing and maintaining high quality environments for children and the adults who work with them. Students discover the inter-relationships of people, space, equipment, time and goals in determining the quality of an environment for children. Ways of adapting and modifying the elements of environment are explored.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Health, Nutrition and Safety 2 (ECED-0015)

This course introduces students to the basic principles and practises of good nutrition of children from birth to age 12, safety promotion within the early childhood setting, and explores how the integrated health curriculum supports the overall development of children.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Language and Literacy (ECED-0048)

Prerequisites: PSSY-0020 Child Development 2
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.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Philosophy and Curriculum (ECED-0052)

Prerequisite: ECED-0051 Curriculum Development
In this course, students evaluate the historical approaches to curriculum. Using this information students develop their own personal philosophy and then compare this to program philosophies already looked at. The indicators of quality and methods of evaluation for quality in a program are explored and practiced.

3 credit(s) No No No
Professionalism (PEDV-0009)

This course provides early childhood educators with the knowledge essential to providing quality early childhood care and education, demonstrating professional and ethical behaviour and growing as advocates for the rights of children and families.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
School Age Care (ECED-0050)

Prerequisite: PSSY-0020 Child Development 2
This course involves the study of 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 milestones of children ages six to twelve, as well as the stages of development that mark the transitions through adolescence. Students research a variety of critical issues that accompany these ages.

6 credit(s) No No No
Science (ECED-0010)

Prerequisites: ECED-0004 Curriculum Planning 1, PSSY-0020 Child Development 2
This course is about discovering what science is. It's about the tools of science (the scientific process) rather than the content or concepts. It's about learning to see (identifying) the ways children engage in making sense of their world (scientific investigation and experimentation), and the ways early childhood educators can help children in their discovery of the meaning (scientific laws) of the world of which they are a part.

3 credit(s) No Yes No
Teaching Strategies (ECED-0013)

Prerequisites: ECED-0001 Guiding Children's Behaviour, PSSY-0020 Child Development 2
This course focuses on methods of playroom management and teaching strategies that are appropriate to meeting the needs of children. It also examines guidance techniques and discipline methods based on theoretical principles of child behaviour.

6 credit(s) No Yes No

Workplace Education

Early Childhood Education Workplace Program

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workplace Education program 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.

This fast-track diploma program allows students to attend class two days per week and continue their employment at the childcare centre during the remainder of the work week. Students will complete the practicum components of the program at the centre in which they are employed. 

Upon successful completion of the ECE Workplace Education program, students will receive a diploma in Early Childhood Education and can then apply for classification for a Level II ECE from the province of Manitoba.

This program is offered every two years, rotating throughout the province based on community need. It is not open to international students. 

When does the ECE Workplace Education program start?

The next ECE Workplace Education program begins February 22, 2021 and runs until February 2023. Applications open December 18, 2020.

What are the locations for the ECE Workplace Education program?
  • Brandon – 25 spots
  • Boissevain – 15 spots

*applications for both locations open December 18, 2020.

What are the costs?

Please refer to the Courses & Costs tab.

What resources will I require for this program?

Please refer to the Tools & Supplies tab on this program page for information related to course materials (program checklist and booklists).

How do I apply?

Please visit the admissions tab above (on the Early Childhood Education webpage), and click on the program application checklist. 

How will I receive information on the program if I am accepted?

You will receive information from the Registrar’s Office about the progress of your application. As soon as you are accepted, you will need to pay a $400 tuition deposit to confirm your seat. You will then be registered in your 2021 winter and spring term courses and be sent an email with your username, password and registration information.

Does this program qualify for financial aid?

Yes, please review our Financial Aid & Awards page and attend an upcoming Financial Aid & Awards online information session. View the info session schedule and register.

Who can I contact for further questions?

Please email hhs@assiniboine.net. Don’t forget to include your name and student number in the email (if applicable).

 

Distance Education

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. 

2021-22 Early Childhood Education Distance Education Schedule

Registration options: 

  • 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.

Fast Fact

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.