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Early Childhood Education Diploma

Who it’s for

You have a passion for working with children and the ability to see the world through the eyes of a child. You like working with others in a busy environment, and you adapt quickly to change. You’re a strong critical thinker with excellent judgment and empathy, and you take initiative to form connections with children and their families.

What you’ll learn

Discover how children develop from birth to 12 years old, and become familiar with the play-based learning that helps them grow. Learn positive strategies to guide children and cultivate relationships with families and colleagues.

Program details

Program length:

2 years full time (20 months)

Credential:

Diploma

Work-integrated Learning:

21 weeks of practicum for qualifying students

Start Times:

  • Fall

Tuition:

$4,633*
per year

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Your career

Step into a high-demand, exciting job where you work and play with children, and no two days are the same. Over your career, you’ll build meaningful relationships with children, their families, and your colleagues.

Find work in childcare centres, nursery schools, early learning programs, head start programs, home-visiting programs and resource centres. You may also choose to continue your education and obtain your ECE Level III or a bachelor’s degree.

Career opportunities

  • Early childhood educator
  • Daycare worker
  • Preschool or nursery school teacher
  • Headstart program instructor
  • Recreational centre worker

Career opportunities

  • Early childhood educator
  • Daycare worker
  • Preschool or nursery school teacher
  • Headstart program instructor
  • Recreational centre worker

Program features and outcomes

  • Provisional accreditation by the Child Care Qualifications and Training Committee (CCQTC)
  • ECE Level II designation
  • Curriculum inclusive of Indigenous perspectives
  • First-aid training
  • High employment rate after graduation
  • Resume preparation for workforce entry

Key Program Courses

  • Curriculum and the environment 1, 2 and 3
  • Inclusive practices in Early Childhood Education
  • Indigenous perspective in Early Childhood Education
  • Advanced behaviour guidance
  • Family and community relationships

Admission requirements

  • Manitoba high school diploma
  • Grade 12 Math (40S)* or equivalent
  • Grade 12 English Language Arts (40S)** or equivalent
  • Demonstrated English Language Proficiency (if applicable)

*minimum grade of 50%

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Student success stories

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"One thing I really like about the program is how you're able to connect the content and the knowledge with the real practice."

— Paula