Recognized early childhood education training institutions and programs

To be certified in B.C. as an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) requires successful completion of an early childhood education training program that is recognized by the ECE Registry, or a program that is deemed equivalent. 


Last updated:  February 3, 2022

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The following is a list of educational institutions with early childhood education programs that are recognized by the ECE Registry. Which program or institution you choose will depend on factors like training options, program details, and admission or transfer requirements. 

Contact the institution directly to get more information.

Public post-secondary

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Camosun College

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Capilano University

Early Childhood Education (Basic)*
Infant/Toddler*
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)*

For more information, contact Coast Mountain College

*may be available as distance learning

Early Childhood Education (Basic)*
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact College of New Caledonia


*may be available as distance learning

Early Childhood Education (Basic)*
Infant/Toddler*
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)*

For more information, contact College of the Rockies

*may be available as distance learning

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Douglas College

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Langara College

Early Childhood Education (Basic)*

Note: A one-year post-secondary certificate plus supplementary courses is required

For more information, contact Lethbridge College

*may be available as distance learning

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)


For more information, contact Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact North Island College

Early Childhood Education (Basic)*
Infant/Toddler*
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)*

For more information, contact Northern Lights College

*may be available as distance learning

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Okanagan College

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Selkirk College

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Thompson Rivers University

Early Childhood Education (Basic)*

For more information, contact the University of British Columbia

*may be available as distance learning

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact the University of the Fraser Valley

Effective September 1, 2020, the University of Victoria School of Child and Youth Care (SCYC) is no longer recognized by the ECE Registry. Students currently enrolled in the early years specialization are encouraged to contact SCYC Advising with any questions. See the SCYC website for more information

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Vancouver Community College

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Vancouver Island University

Early Childhood Education (Basic)

For more information, contact Yukon University

 


Private post-secondary

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler

For more information, contact Capital College

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact CDI College

Early Childhood Education (Basic)

For more information, contact Creative Minds Early Childhood Education

 

Montessori Training Centre of BC

Association Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.)

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler

For more information, contact the Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Native Education College

Early Childhood Education (Basic)*
Infant/Toddler*
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)*

For more information, contact Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute Inc.

*may be available as distance learning

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Sprott Shaw College

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler*
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)*

For more information, contact Stenberg College

*may be available as distance learning

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Vancouver Career College

 


Continuing Education

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact Burnaby Community & Continuing Education

Early Childhood Education (Basic)
Infant/Toddler
Special Needs (Inclusive Care)

For more information, contact the Delta School District


Distance Learning

The following educational institutions may offer distance programs. Contact the educational institution for more information.