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Early Childhood Education Special Needs Educator - Diploma (2018/19)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$6,674.78
Tuition: $6,136.28

Note: Year 1: $3,436.29 and Year 2: $2,699.99

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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:172.50
Bus Pass Fee:111.00
Health and Dental Fee:225.00
Total Fees:$538.50

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview:

The Early Childhood Education Certificate and Diploma Program provides students the necessary skills and knowledge to work with young children and their families in diverse settings. Our program uses a play-based approach, with a focus on positive assets and strength-based perspectives. Practicums are designed to give students the opportunity to apply theory into their practice in early childhood settings. The Diploma program allows for specialization as either an Infant/Toddler Educator or a Special Needs Educator.

Areas of learning include lifespan development; building relationships with children and families; creating curriculum; guiding behaviours; health, safety and nutrition; theories, ethics and philosophies; interpersonal and professional communication; observing and recording; and inclusive and diverse practices.

Graduates are prepared for employment as child care professionals in group care and education settings with children from birth to age 12. Examples of settings include group care, pre-school, family child care, BC Strong Start programs, infant development, supported child development, Child Care Resource and Referral, Head Start, Community Action Program for Children, and literacy, behaviour and early intervention programs.

The Special Needs Diploma is awarded upon successful completion of a certificate or equivalent and the required courses listed in Year 2 of the Special Needs specialty (first, second and third semesters).

Admission Requirements

Grade 12 graduation with a minimum 65% in English 12 or equivalent (refer to Course Equivalency Information on the College Website)

Non-academic requirements:

  • Completion and submission of CYFS Application package
  • Completion of immunizations, documented by the immunization form in the admission package, or completion of the immunization waiver form (lack of immunizations may impact applicant access to Practicum placements and employment opportunities following graduation).
  • Good command of oral and written English language
  • Solicitor General Criminal Record Check. Note: Conviction of a criminal offence may influence an applicant's access to practicum placements and employment opportunities following graduation.

Transfer Information

Many of our programs and courses allow you to transfer to other colleges and universities in Canada. You can also apply to get transfer credits from past courses that will go towards completing your program here at College of the Rockies.

Learn how to transfer your courses to College of the Rockies

Program Transfer Opportunities

We have setup block transfer agreements with other colleges and universities to help you continue your studies once you have completed your program. If we don't have a transfer agreement for your program you can usually transfer your individual courses to another college or university in Canada.

Course transfer
If you are transferring to a BC college or university visit the BC Transfer website to see if our courses transfer to that institution.

Block transfer agreements
Once you have completed your studies you have the opportunity to transfer all or most of the credits you have earned to the following institution:

Transfer information for: Early Childhood Education Special Needs Educator - Diploma

Course Outline for:
Early Childhood Education Special Needs Educator - Diploma

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