Please note: We are currently not accepting any new students into this program; however, applicants are able to apply to this program and will be waitlisted until the next program offering.

Master the skills that encompass the director's roles and responsibilities as the leader, manager and administrator of an early childhood setting.

Our advanced diploma program is designed to help early childhood educators advance to leadership positions within the early learning and child care field. Early Childhood Program Management gives you the skills that you need to take on the role and responsibility of a director. It is essential to be able to lead, manage and administer early learning and child care centres when you're looking to advance in your field.

Students should have strong computer skills, communication and organizational leadership skills. You can study at your own pace and continue to work while taking this program by distance education.


Note: This is an advanced diploma and requires a prior diploma or degree as a pre-requisite.

  • Two-year Early Childhood Education diploma or current Early Childhood Education 2 (ECEII) from the Manitoba Child Care program.

  • Minimum one-year Early Learning Centre experience as an ECEII verified in a letter from an Early Learning Centre Director or equivalent.

Please contact Cindy Schroeder at nicholsonc@assiniboine.net to discuss possible eligibility for a Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) practicum.

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 ECPM Program Application Check to help you submit a complete application for this program.


Careers & Connections


The Early Childhood Program Management advanced diploma is designed to help early childhood educators advance to leadership positions within the early childhood field as directors. Positions are available in a variety of early learning child care settings. This program helps students meet government standards for training at the ECE III level.


This program is provincially accredited by the Child Care Qualifications and Training Committee (CCQTC)

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 our Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

Distance-delivered courses make use of several delivery methods. The type of interaction varies depending on the course and the program. All courses are delivered online with the exception of Integration Seminar, Practicum and the electives. Textbooks are required in some courses. You will maintain contact with your instructor and other students through a variety of technologies as needed. 

Learn more about Distance Education.

Computer access is required. Course material is delivered over the Internet on a learning platform called Moodle. Moodle allows assignments to be transmitted to the instructor electronically. You may also participate in online discussions.

Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

Courses & Costs

To graduate with an Early Childhood Program Management advanced diploma, students must successfully complete 29 credits.

Students who have successfully completed Ethics Training IV through the Manitoba Childcare Association may receive credit for the elective course.

The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Program Details

Program Start
Distance Delivery (flexible start)
Advanced Diploma
Course Load
School of Health & Human Services
1.800.862.6307 ext 6228 (toll free)

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.