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Early Childhood Education Diploma


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Location
    Coquitlam
  • Campuses
    Coquitlam

    Resources

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    City of Coquitlam
  • Length
    Four Semesters (63 credits)
  • Tuition Estimate
    $6700 Year One
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2100 - $2300 per year
  • Credential Granted
    • Certificate
    • Diploma
    • University Block Transfer
    • University Course Transfer

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Application Deadline Advice

Admissions are offered on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Students are encouraged to apply early.

For entry to the Fall Semester:  Applications open early October of the previous year

Application Fee: $34.65

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. General College Admission Requirements

2. English

One of:

  • English 12 (C)*
  • English 12 First Peoples (C)*
  • English Literature 12 (C)
  • Communications 12 (B)*
  • Technical and Professional Communications 12 (C)*
  • AP English Language or Literature (level 3)
  • IB English Language A (SL) (level 3)
  • Equivalent substitution (English Proficiency Requirement tab)

note(*): based on both course and provincial exam grades

Non-Academic

  • be at least 18 years old by December 31st of the year you enter the program
  • successfully participate in a Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program Selection Session to determine suitability and readiness for training
  • two letters of reference from two individuals who are not related to you (ie-character references from reputable community members and/or persons familiar with your experience in working with young children. Reference letters should not be written by the person who completes your volunteer verification form. If you have an ECE basic license to practice, you would complete a work history form which includes references.)
  • evidence of at least 50 hours of supervised work (paid or volunteer) in an ECE-related setting. It is preferred that this experience is with children from birth to age six. The 50 hours of supervised work must be completed and submitted before the personal suitability interview.
  • personal interview with ECE faculty
  • current Criminal Record Search (information will be provided by the Office of the Registrar).
  • medical declaration or assessment indicating a satisfactory level of physical and emotional health

Admission Advice

1. The two letters of reference are required to be provided at the mandatory ECE Program Orientation session. 

2. Applicants who have completed 9 or more post-secondary credits must be in good academic standing (with a minimum GPA of 1.5) for admission to any CFCS program.

3. Admission to programs within the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies is contingent upon seat availability and applicant ranking as determined by a process of selective admission evaluation. Visit Douglas College program website for more information on preferential admissions. 


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy Douglas's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Summary

One of the following (minimum scores):

  • a C grade in English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, or Technical and Professional Communications 12 (the mark is based on both the course and provincial exam)
  • a B grade in Communications 12 (the mark is based on both the course and provincial exam)
  • a grade of 3 or a "C" grade on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language or Literature
  • a grade of 3 or a "C" grade on International Baccalaureate (IB) English Language A (Standard Level)
  • an essay score of 4 on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) exam
  • a GED Language Arts Writing and Reading score of 450
  • a TOEFL score of 220 (computer based) or 83 (internet based) or 560 (paper based)
  • an IELTS score of 6.5 (academic module only)
  • an overall and essay CAEL score of 60
  • an EIKEN Test of Practical English placement of Grade 1
  • completion of an ABE English course equivalent to DVST 0355 or higher
  • a college level writing or literature course that transfers as a college level English, Communications or Creative Writing course
  • an undergraduate degree from an English speaking post-secondary institution
  • completion of a Douglas college writing assessment with a
  • Mastery of DVST 0350 and 0360 or DVST 0355 or DVST 0356 or EASL 0360
  • a P grade in DVST 0455 or EASL 0460 or EASL 0820
  • a P grade in DVST 0450 and mastery of DVST 0460
  • Mastery of EASL 0375 or EASL 0376 or assessment of EASL 0475 and mastery of EASL 0365 or assessment of EASL 0465

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

You are eligible for enrollment at Douglas College if you meet the General Admission Requirements along with the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in EducationPlannerBC.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

If you have BC secondary school graduation or lack one course for BC secondary school graduation you may qualify for admission to Douglas.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

Out-of-Province

If you have BC secondary school graduation or lack one course for BC secondary school graduation you may qualify for admission to Douglas.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

BC Transfer Student

You must meet the General Admission Requirements for Douglas College.

You may transfer from another institution with up to 75% of the credits required for a Douglas College citation, diploma, degree or university transfer program.

To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

You are strongly recommended to request transfer credit at least four months in advance of your first semester of attendance. Requests for evaluation of credit received after this time may not be processed in time.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

You must meet the General Admission Requirements for Douglas College.

You may transfer from another institution with up to 75% of the credits required for a Douglas College citation, diploma, degree or university transfer program.

To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

You are strongly recommended to request transfer credit at least four months in advance of your first semester of attendance. Requests for evaluation of credit received after this time may not be processed in time.

Mature Student

If you are at least 19 years old on the first day of class, or at least 17 years old and have not been enrolled in school for at least one year, you may qualify for admission to Douglas College.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

International Student

For details on admission requirements for International Students check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

If you are a student with special needs and have completed a certificate or equivalent from a special program and have been in school for at least 12 years you may qualify for admission to Douglas College.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

How to Apply


Canadian Students - Applying to the College

International Students - Applying to the College

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