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Diploma of Early Childhood Education
Diploma of Early Childhood Education

Diploma of Early Childhood Education

  • ID:LC010061
  • Level:2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

  • Completion of BC Grade 12 or equivalent, or be 19 years of age.

English Requirement

  • English Studies 12 or equivalent with a minimum 80%;

  • Literary Studies 12 with a minimum 80%;

  • English First Peoples 12 with a minimum 80%;

  • A university-level English or communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit, with a minimum "C-" grade; 

  • A minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; 

  • An "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110;

  • LET (Langara English Test) with a minimum score of 3;

  • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension;

  • IELTS (International Language Testing System) with a minimum level of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in listening, speaking, and writing;

  • TOEFL Internet-based (IBT) with a minimum score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in reading and writing, and a minimum of 18 in speaking and listening;

  • LEAP (Langara English for Academic Purposes) level 8.

Other Requirement

  • Two letters of reference, written and dated within a year of application, preferably, one of which indicates successful recent experience in the care of children under six years, particularly with groups of pre-school aged children. The second letter may be a personal reference. Babysitting experience alone is not adequate. Preferably, experience means 20 hours of volunteer or paid work in a licensed childcare centre with children six years and under.

  • If as a result of COVID-19 closures you have been unable to gain experience, please discuss your application with a department chair to determine flexibility for admission.

Course Information

Welcome to Langara College's Early Childhood Education Diploma Program, where we believe quality child care nurtures early learning.

This stimulating program balances academic studies on campus and practical experiences in licensed childcare centres. Students develop a strong theoretical foundation for working with children and families and take on increasing responsibility in their practical work. Upon completion of the program they are prepared and able to confidently and competently enter the profession of early childhood education.

The Early Childhood Education Diploma Program prepares students beginning careers as Early Childhood Educators in a variety of childcare settings (primarily within the province of British Columbia). Langara College also offers an Early Childhood Education: Special Education Post Basic Citation, which is part time and in the evenings. This special needs educator credential program is suited for Early Childhood Educators already holding a diploma or certificate.

The Early Childhood Education Department at Langara College has been educating Early Childhood Educators since 1966. Langara College has a long history of preparing Early Childhood Educators to work with children from birth to five years of age. The original program has grown from a small six-month program to a double intake three semester diploma program offering high quality instruction. 

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  • In recent years there has been an increasing demand for qualified personnel to work with young children in Early Childhood programs. Employment opportunities exist in profit and non-profit childcare centres, parent participation preschools, private nursery schools and kindergartens, inclusive childcare and preschools, family day cares and other child minding services. Employment opportunities in the field of Early Childhood increase with further education and work experience.

  • Langara College offers a one-year, (three semesters) full-time day program that is designed to prepare students to meet the requirements of the provincial Early Childhood Education Registry. For information regarding regulatory requirements for registration as an Early Childhood Educator in British Columbia please see the Early Childhood Education Information Web page at The Early Childhood Education Registry can also be reached by contacting the office at 1.888.338.6622.

  • Practical experience in a variety of Early Childhood centres is an essential part of the program.

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Total Credits: 63-66


  • ECED 1101, Language Arts for Young Children I, 1

  • ECED 1112, Exploring the Environment I, 3

  • ECED 1115, Foundations of Early Childhood Education, 3

  • ECED 1116, Knowing the Individual Child, 3

  • ECED 1118, Introduction to Program Planning, 3

  • ECED 1119, Practicum I, 2

  • PSYC 2324, Developmental Psychology (Early Childhood), 3

  • One of

  • ENGL 1123, Introduction to Academic Writing, 3

  • ENGL 1127, Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections, 3

  • ENGL 1128, Short Prose Selections and Composition, 3

  • 21 Credits


  • CMNS 1115, Interpersonal Communications, 3

  • ECED 1201, Language Arts for Young Children II, 1

  • ECED 1212, Exploring the Environment II, 3

  • ECED 1214, Program Planning for Infants and Toddlers, 3

  • ECED 1217, Human Relations in Early Childhood Programs, 3

  • ECED 1218, Program Planning and Implementation, 3

  • ECED 1219, Practicum II, 3

  • PSYC 2328, Applied Early Child Psychology, 3

  • 22 Credits


  • ECED 1301, Language Arts for Young Children III, 1

  • ECED 1308, Creative Environments for Young Children, 3

  • ECED 1315, Developing and Supervising Early Childhood Centres, 3

  • ECED 1318, Evaluating and Individualizing Programs, 3

  • ECED 1319, Practicum III, 4

  • ECED 1325, Health, Nutrition and Safety, 3

  • PSYC 2318, Psychology of the Exceptional Child, 3

  • ECED 1329, Infant and Toddler Practicum 1, 3

  • Notes:

  • 1 ECED 1329 is a practicum course for students who have successfully completed all Basic Early Childhood Education courses and who wish to qualify for an Infant-Toddler Licence from the Early Childhood Education Registry.,

  • 20 or 23 Credits

Program Option Notes:

  • Entrance to Term II depends on completion of all courses in Term I with a minimum "C-" grade. Similarly, entrance to Term III depends on completion of all Term II courses with a minimum "C-" grade unless Department approval is given.

  • Students must complete all courses in the diploma program with a minimum "C-" grade. Exception: Students may be permitted to meet graduation requirements if they have a "D" grade in one, and no more than one, of the program support courses, i.e., ENGL, CMNS, or PSYC.

  • Completion of all courses in the program with a minimum "C-" grade is required to meet graduation requirements.

  • Term I serves as an introduction and overview of the field and an orientation to preschool and child care programs. Term II focuses on program planning with an emphasis on activities and learning experiences in various curriculum areas. In Term III, students are encouraged to put all the elements together, to organize and evaluate learning experiences, and to integrate the curriculum across all areas of programming.

  • Practical experience in the field in each term supports the particular learning objectives for that period, and the amount of time spent in the field increases with each term.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Teach the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for professional early childhood educators and childcare practitioners to provide high quality care to children from birth to school entry.

encourage students to develop a knowledgeable, skillful, compassionate and ethical practice to enter the field of early childhood education.

promote the highest standards of respect, care and support to children and their families and communities affiliated with the education and welfare of young children.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas_Student_Health_Cover: 694CAD/year

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