Iecer the institute for early childhood education and research faculty of education

Certificate & Diploma Programs

Early childhood (birth to age 9) is widely recognized as being a critically important period for establishing strong foundations for learning and wellbeing throughout life. Early childhood professionals thus have a tremendous responsibility in creating optimal learning environments, assessing children appropriately, and designing learning experiences to foster children’s development and learning.

IECER offers four certificate and two diploma programs to meet the needs of a range of early childhood professionals. Certificate programs can be completed within one year. Students may take more than one certificate related to early childhood education. ECED 405 is core course in three of the four certificates, and if a second certificate were undertaken, an appropriate elective would replace ECED 405. Selected courses are offered online, through External Programs and Learning Technologies (EPLT), providing the opportunity to complete your certificate completely online. Some courses, including the IECER Summer Institute (ECED 480), are held on campus. Up to 18 UBC credits, or 12 non–UBC credits, if acceptable, may be transferred to the diploma program (30 credits). Up to 6 credits from the ECE Certificates may be applied to the MA or MEd. in Early Childhood Education, providing they are not applied to a Diploma. If you are considering transferring Certificate courses to the Diploma or Masters programs, now or at a later date, you are encouraged to check the UBC Transfer Credit procedures before beginning your Certificate program.

NEW! Off-Campus Diploma in Early Years Education (On going start date)

The Off-Campus Diploma in Early Years Education is designed to fit the needs of working teachers and early childhood professionals who are interested in enriching their practices and deepening their knowledge about the education of children ages 4 to 9. Teachers who complete the EYE diploma can apply to Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) for a qualification upgrade. More Information

The Certificate and Diploma programs do not qualify persons for a provincial license as an early childhood educator to teach in preschool or daycare programs.

+ Infant Development & Supported Child Development Certificate (IDSC) (15 credits)

IECER, in collaboration with the Teacher Education Office (TEO) and External Programs and Learning Technologies (EPLT) offers a certificate program (15 credits) to provide students with a basic foundation of the knowledge and skills needed to work in Infant Development (ID, 0- to 3-year-olds) and Supported Child Development (SCD, 4- 12-year olds) programs. The Certificate received upon completion of the 5 courses reflects the fact that they have taken this introductory level of training within a reasonable time frame (approximately 2 years) on a part-time basis. Credits earned through the Certificate program may be applied to the 30-credit Diploma program. More information about the program

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+ Infant Development & Supported Child Development Diploma (IDSC) (30 credits)

The Diploma Program aims to provide additional professional and academic guidance to ID and SCD consultants, to raise their skill and knowledge levels beyond the introductory level, to enhance their level of practice, and to assist them in providing leadership. The Diploma that is awarded at the completion of the 10-course program is a terminal credential, which means that the credits earned cannot be applied to another University degree. Students must complete the Diploma program within 5 years of their acceptance. More information about the program

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+ Certificate in Enhancing Early Learning (EEL) (15 credits)

This 15-credit (5 courses) certificate program is geared to early childhood educators and other early childhood professionals who are interested in enhancing their pedagogical knowledge and professional practice with young children. This certificate program focuses on learning in the pre-kindergarten years, including curriculum in the preschool years, supporting early learning in the preschool years, observation and documentation in early childhood settings. More information about the program.

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+ Kindergarten Instruction Certificate (KIND) (15 credits)

This 15-credit (5 courses) certificate program is designed for teachers who are interested in enhancing their pedagogical knowledge and professional practice in teaching children in the kindergarten classroom. The certificate program covers various subjects, including kindergarten curriculum. supporting learning in the kindergarten year, supporting young children through home, school, and community relationships. More information about the program.

The Certificate in Kindergarten Instruction does NOT qualify persons for a provincial license to teach in kindergarten classrooms. A teaching certificate is obtained from the BC College of Teachers after completion of a Bachelor of Education Program see Teacher Education Program

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+ Certificate in Educating Young Children (EYC) (15 credits)

This 15-credit (5 courses) certificate program is designed for teachers, early childhood educators, and other early childhood professionals who are interested in enhancing their pedagogical knowledge and professional practice with children ages 3-9. This program allows to choose from a variety of ECED courses (ECED 405 is the only core course). Selected courses are offered online providing the opportunity to complete your certificate program completely online. Some courses, including the IECER Summer Institute, will be held on campus. More information about the program.

The UBC Certificate in Educating Young Children does NOT qualify persons for a provincial license as an early childhood educator to teach in preschool or daycare programs. A license to work in preschool and daycare settings as a qualified early childhood educator is granted by the Ministry for Children and Family Development. Often, this license is obtained after completion of an Early Childhood Education program in one of the community colleges, university college, or through the continuing studies programs of some local school district, and 500 hours of supervised field experience.

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+ Early Years Education Diploma (EYE) (30 credits)

The Diploma in Early Years Education is a 30-credit program designed for teachers, early childhood educators, and other early childhood professionals who are interested in enriching their pedagogical knowledge and enhancing their professional practice with young children beyond the certificate level. Students who have taken UBC courses towards one of the Certificates in Early Childhood Education may transfer up to 15 credits towards the Early Years Education Diploma. More information about the program

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