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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Discover which program is right for you

NEW! Study at Your Own Pace

ECE Hybrid Diploma

Top features

  • 26 months to complete
  • Evening classes, 1-2 nights/week 6:30-9:30
  • 4 practicum placements
  • 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

  • Accelerated program
  • Work full time while studying 
  • Study on your own schedule
  • 2 practicums at your work
  • 2 practicums self-study 
  • Graduate with your Diploma 

NEW! For Newcomers and EAL Learners

Pathways Diploma Program

  • 26 months to complete
  • Tailored to EAL and International Students 
  • Evening classes
  • Develiered 50% online
  • 50% asynchronous (self-paced, with recorded lectures)
  • 6:30-9:30/ 1-2 evenings a week
  • Graduate with ECE Diploma
  • Payment plan available
  • 4 practicum placements
    • Workplace practicum may be available

Accelerated & In-Person

On-Site ECE Diploma Program

  • Accelerated 12 month program
  • Daytime classes
  • Delivered on campus
  • 5 days a week
  • Four 4-week practicum placements 
  • Hybrid classroom for online/remote learning (sick-days/lockdowns) 
  • Graduate with your Diploma 

Streamlined Certificate

Online ECA Certificate

  • 20 weeks to complete
  • 6:30pm-9:30pm / 3 evenings a week
  • Available to anyone on a work visa, no study permit required
  • 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 $19.10/hour
  • Payment plan available for individuals or centre sponsored
  • Student loan eligible

Fast Track to launch your ECE career

16 Month ECE Diploma Program Online

  • 16 months to complete
  • Daytime classes
  • Delivered online 
  • 4 hours a day / 5 days a week
  • Four 4-week practicum placements 
  • Practicum is 8 hours/day
  • Graduate with your ECE 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!



Course Descriptions
(Diploma Programs)

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV