Early Childhood Education

Join learning and play to create a nurturing future

If you possess a caring attitude with a desire to make a difference, you’ll find a rewarding experience as a student and graduate of our Early Childhood Education program. You can be an essential part of a child’s early years, where learning through play is a vital part of their development. With all of the courses available online, you have the flexibility to set your own schedule as you work your way through the program.

Our certificate program can be taken in the classroom or online. Whichever method you prefer, we’ll  show you how to plan appropriate learning experiences as key elements in early childhood education. You can choose to move on with our fully online diploma program, which will provide you greater depth into the field. You will also have a comprehensive introduction to child growth, behaviour and development, curriculum planning, as well as health, nutrition and safety from a family-centered practice approach.

Early Childhood Education is right for you if you:

  • model appropriate behaviour and language
  • have good communication skills
  • are observant
  • communicate effectively and can work closely with children, parents and colleagues
  • can deal creatively and effectively with problem situations.

Develop the career that’s right for you

We offer flexible learning options to help you find the fit that’s best for you. Your practicum experiences will allow you to test your abilities, focusing on children from birth to six years old. Your certificate or diploma in Early Childhood Education will give you more than a practical grounding in child development. It will arm you with the knowledge and experience you need for an enjoyable career working with young children at any stage of development.

Early Childhood Education: At-a-Glance
1-2 Years
September, January, May
Certificate (year 1) is available through distributed/online learning and face-to-face delivery, while diploma (year 2) is only available online.
Certificate (year 1) or Diploma (year 2) in Early Childhood Education
University of Alberta, Athabasca University, Mount Royal University, University of Calgary, Medicine Hat College, Lakeland College, MacEwan University, Keyano College, Grande Prairie Regional College, Red Deer College, Institute of Technology Carlow (Carlow, Ireland)

There is a required practicum component to this program. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.

Applicants are advised they will be required to provide a Criminal Record Check with a vulnerable sector search before entering the practicum experience component of the program. The existence of a criminal record may affect the practicum placement, program completion and employment prospects.

The consequences of a prior criminal conviction will be examined and discussed on an individual basis if necessary. Students are required to complete practicums in child care centres, preschool programs and/or kindergartens. Every effort is made to provide placements within Lethbridge; however, some placements may occur in the outlying communities. Students who are completing practicum through Online Learning may complete these practicums in their own communities or nearby areas.

Students are responsible for the cost of the field trips relating to this program.

Early Childhood Education - Cost Estimate
2017-18 Academic YearTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies
Year 1$2,984$1,127$1,973
Year 2$2,855$1,013$2,057
• Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
• International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
• Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
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Contact Us

Program Office:
• 403.320.3393
Office of the Chair:
• 403.329.7254
Office of the Dean:
• 403.317.3568

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