BC Early Childhood Education Assistant & Basic Certificate Programs

BC ECE Assistant & Basic Certificate Programs

UBC’s Faculty of Education is offering a program of courses that would lead to the BC Early Childhood Education (ECE) Assistant and Basic Certificates. These credentials are required by the Ministry of Children and Family Development to work in early childhood settings (ages birth to 5 years) in BC. Upon completion of the courses in the program, graduates apply to the Early Childhood Education Registry for certifications.

Coursework for both certificates is offered 100% online, allowing the flexibility to work and manage other responsibilities while preparing for an exciting career in Early Childhood Education! Most practica will take place in the Lower Mainland. Once students are admitted, they can discuss with their advisor the potential for a rural or non-Lower Mainland practicum.

An individual with the Assistant Certificate is able to work in a child care setting under the supervision of a qualified Early Childhood Educator. To become a fully qualified Early Childhood Educator, an individual must take all courses in the Basic Certificate Program and apply to the Early Childhood Education Registry for certification.

BC ECE Assistant Certificate

One of (3 credits):

BC ECE Basic Certificate

13 courses (39 credits) of prescribed online courses and 9 credits of on-site practicum (48 credits total).

The ECE Basic Certificate requires that you take the following courses


Find out more information about how to apply and register.

For the most up-to-date information on this program, including admissions information and program requirements, please visit the Early Childhood Education website.

Apply via the PDCE PayPortal

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EDUC This program is offered by the Early Childhood Education unit within the Faculty of Education. Learn more about ECED programs.