Special Needs, Infancy
Are you looking to take the next step in your Early Childhood Education (ECE) career?
UFV’s Early Childhood Education diploma builds on the knowledge and skills obtained through the ECE certificate program. Having established a strong foundation of professional practice with the ECE certificate, you can choose to further your knowledge and competencies to work specifically with infants or children with special needs. These two program options share a common set of three core courses and each requires a different set of three specialty courses, including a 26-hour seminar and a 200-hour practicum.
Upon completion of the 1-year program, you can apply to the Provincial Licensing Board to register as a special needs or infancy (under three years of age) supervisor.
After you graduate, you are ready to enter the workforce. You can also continue your studies and ladder into the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care.
View the Early Childhood Education diploma program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar.
Recent shifts in society have led to an increase in infant and toddler care demand, which means that job prospects are excellent. Career opportunities as an Early Childhood Education (ECE) graduate span a wide range of work settings and areas of practice, including daycare, parent cooperative preschools, nursery schools, special needs centres, the public school system, and infant/toddler centres.
After completing the Early Childhood Education diploma you may seek employment as:
View the Early Childhood Education diploma entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.
Apply to Qualifying Studies if you do not currently meet the Early Childhood Education diploma entry requirements in order to upgrade your qualifications for future admissions.
The entrance requirements to the Early Childhood Education diploma 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 upgrading options.