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Early Childhood Education Diploma


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Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Location
    Kelowna
  • Campuses
    Kelowna

    Resources

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    City of Kelowna
  • Length
    Four Semesters
  • Tuition Levels (approx)
    $7862 Total
  • Book & Supply Cost Estimates
    $1060 first year
  • Credentials
    • Diploma
    • University Block Transfer

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications may be submitted starting on November 1 for entry the following Fall semester, January 16 for the following Winter semester, and February 1 for the following Summer semester. Early application is strongly recommended.

Application Fee: $30

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. One of:

  • high school graduation (or equivalent)
  • mature student status (be at least 19 years old and out of high school for at least one year)

2. English

One of:

Non-Academic

  • medical exam confirming good health
  • First Aid course approved by the BC ECE Registry no more than 12 months before admission
  • Childsafe course is recommended
  • Criminal Record Check no more than three months before the date of admission
  • half-day observation in a licensed early childhood setting and completion of an observation form
  • meeting with ECE staff
  • attend an orientation session (before your scheduled interview)
  • current immunizations are strongly recommended

Admission Advice

The following high school courses are recommended:

  • Human Service 11 and 12;
  • Family Management 11 and 12.

English Language Requirements

Summary

If English is not your first language, you must submit one of the following (minimum scores):

  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based)
  • An academic IELTS overall band score of 6.5
  • A Okanagan College English Language Assessment (OCELA) of 6
  • 70% in each of ELSE 060, ESLW 061 and ESLR 062 for admission to a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Business Administration diploma, Commercial Aviation Diploma or Advance Culinary Arts diploma
  • 60% in each of ELSE 060, ESLW 061 and ESLR 062 for admission to Arts, Science, Computer Information Systems, and Engineering Technology programs
  • 70% in English 12 or equivalent for Business programs
  • 60% in English 12 or equivalent for Arts, Science, Engineering Technology, and most diploma programs
  • 50% in an English literature or composition course at a recognized university or college in Canada
  • Level 5 on the Language Proficiency Index for Business or Level 4 for Arts, Science, technology and most diploma programs
  • A degree or diploma from an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction 

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

For details on Regular Applicant admission check here.

Out-of-Province

For details on Regular Applicant admission check here.

BC Transfer Student

For details on Transfer Student admission check here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on Transfer Student admission check here

Mature Student

For details on Mature Student admission check here.

 

International Student

For details on International Student admission check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For details on Unclassified Student and Visiting Student admission check here.

How to Apply

For details on applying to Okanagan College check the Become a Student site here.


Inter-Institutional Block Arrangements

Introductory Note: Normally one year of academic study is made up of 15 units or 30 credits.

Graduates may receive 15 units of transfer credit towards the University of Victoria's (UVic) Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care Degree. They may also obtain three units of transfer credit towards UVic's Bachelor of Social Work Degree.

Final Notes: Minimum grade point average and other requirements may apply. All transfer requirements should be confirmed with advising personnel at the intended institution.

Students may also wish to refer to the BC Council on Admissions & Transfer's BC Transfer Guide. This website offers complete details about transfer arrangements between post-secondary institutions in BC. This information includes course-to-course transfer opportunities.

Block Transfer out of province

Graduates may receive block transfer towards a Bachelor in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (BCR) Degree at the University of Calgary.

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