Whether you want to upgrade your credentials or take your first steps in your Early Childhood Educator career, NSCECE's online & in-person programs can fit your lifestyle.

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Accelerated & In-Person

On-Site ECE Accelerated Diploma Program

  • Upcoming program: October 24, 2023
  • Accelerated 12 month program
  • Daytime classes
  • Delivered on campus
  • 5 days a week
  • Four 4-week practicum placements 8 hours daily
  • Hybrid classroom for online/remote learning (sick-days/lockdowns) 
  • Graduate with your Diploma 

Fast Track to launch your ECE career

ECE Diploma Program Online

  • Upcoming program: September 6, 2023
  • 16 months to complete
  • Daytime classes
  • Delivered online 
  • 4 hours a day / 5 days a week
  • Four 4-week practicum placements 8 hours daily
  • Practicum is 8 hours/day
  • Graduate with your ECE Diploma

Streamlined Certificate

Online ECA Certificate

  • Upcoming program: January 9, 2024
  • 6:30pm-9:30pm  2- 3 evenings/week
  • Delivered online  
  • Two guided workplace experiences 
  • Graduate with ECA Certificate (Eligible for Level 1 classification)
  • Level 1 staff are eligible for QIG funding wage contribution
  • Move staff to wage scale and start at $19.67/hour
  • Payment plan available for individuals or centre sponsored
  • Student loan eligible

NEW! Study at Your Own Pace

ECE Hybrid Diploma

Top features

  • Upcoming program: March 26, 2024
  • 26 months to complete
  • 6:30 pm -9:30 pm 2-3 evenings/week 
  • Four 4-week practicum placements 8 hours daily
  • Payment plan available
  • 50% asynchronous (Self-study, recorded lectures)
  • 50% delivered online
  • Workplace practicum may be available 

For Experienced ECEs

PLAR ECE Diploma Program Online

Top features

  • Upcoming program: September 26, 2023
  • 14 months to complete
  • Accelerated program
  • Evening classes, 2-3 nights/week 6:30-9:30
  • Work full time while studying 
  • 2 practicums at your work
  • 2 practicums self-study 
  • Graduate with your Diploma 
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Are you an experienced ECE?

Understanding PLAR 

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) allows the knowledge, skills, and attitudes you have already gained through on-the-job training, formal education, and life experience to be assessed and counted as credit toward your ECE program.  

In other words, you already have a lot of the expertise that makes an ECE successful. Our team will work with you to help you demonstrate your expertise and gain the recognition you deserve.

The NSCECE uniquely specializes in PLAR with a staff facilitated and peer supported model that allows you to demonstrate your prior learning and receive credit for 50% of your program's content. 

Having your previous experience recognized saves you time and money by not having to retrain in skills you already have!



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