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Child, Youth and Family Studies

Early Childhood Education — certificate



4 semesters

How to apply

Start date:

Abbotsford campus, Chilliwack campus at CEP



  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • Designed for students and working professionals, with core courses offered in the afternoon/evening
  • The program begins in Chilliwack in even years, and Abbotsford in odd years. Each cohort remains on the campus it started in.


UFV’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) certificate program is an excellent foundation to pursue a career working with young children.

Especially designed for students who are coming out of high school, and those already in the workforce the four-semester program takes you through basic courses in communication, interpersonal growth, human development, and the early childhood curriculum.

You explore the theories and current trends in physical, cognitive and psycho-social development, from conception to the age of eighteen. In addition, you are introduced to different recording techniques that have been developed from observing children’s social, play, language, motor, and cognitive development.

In the third and fourth semesters, you also complete a 200-hour introductory and a 200-hour advanced practicum where you put Early Childhood Education theories into practice, document your experience, and apply advanced competencies including parent interaction, self-evaluation, and peer evaluation.

After completing the program and obtaining a first aid certificate, you can apply to the Provincial Licensing Board of B.C. for a basic license as an early childhood educator.

Following the completion of the certificate, you may also wish to continue your studies by laddering into the Early Childhood Education diploma program, or the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care at UFV.

View the Early Childhood Education certificate program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar.


Your career in ECE will give you a chance to fill a meaningful and fulfilling role in society.

As a graduate you may seek employment in daycares, preschools, nursery schools, special needs centres, the public school system, and infant/toddler centres. Recent shifts in society mean the early years education field is growing, with more demand for the care of young children.

Career opportunities  for early childhood educators span a range of field settings and areas of practice. Graduates may find work in daycares, preschools, nursery schools, special needs centres, public schools, and infant or toddler centres. Career opportunities also exist with community services, governmental organizations, hospitals, and parks and recreation departments.


View the Early Childhood Education Certificate entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.


This program is open for international students


Apply to Qualifying Studies if you do not currently meet the Early Childhood Education certificate entry requirements in order to upgrade your qualifications for future admissions.

Upgrading English courses

The entrance requirements to the Early Childhood Education certificate programs include minimum grades in English courses. There are several options to upgrade your English, including UFV CMNS 099 or ENGL 099 with a grade of C or better, UFV ENGL 081 or 091 with a grade of C+ or better, or UFV ESL WG84 with a grade of C+ or better.

Please speak with a Qualifying Studies advisor to learn more about additional options.


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