Early Childhood Education

Fulfill your passion for the care, education, and development of children.


Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)Part-time (Online)
+Locations & Availability
September 2015 Burridge Campus • Yarmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Kingstec Campus • Kentville • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Marconi Campus • Sydney • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Part-time • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
September 2016 Cumberland Campus • Springhill • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Can you imagine that a child might be your greatest teacher? Are you energized by the idea of working with other teachers, professionals, parents, and communities to nurture the physical, psychological, and social well-being of children and their families?

The program was developed to meet the National Guidelines for Early Childhood Education in Canada. It provides the knowledge and skills necessary for working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole child as a unique individual, as well as assisting the child to grow within groups such as the family, the school, and the community. This is a project-based program that blends classroom study with applied learning with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. You're introduced to major theories of child care and development within the practical context of a warm, caring, and stimulating environment. The development of effective communications among children, parents, early childhood educators, and other professionals is an essential element of this program. Throughout this program you also acquire and develop the qualities of dependability and self-motivation, as well as a high level of skill in communication and organization.

Info Students Highlights reflect comments provided in the annual Program Highlights Survey. Students participate in this survey to share their experiences and information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. Why Take It"If you love children, take this program because you will not regret it."
  2. Highlight"Small class size."
  3. Favourite"The work placement and the instructors. "

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Program Requirements

  • Additional program requirements, including child abuse registry check, criminal record check, immunizations and standard first aid, may be required for Health & Human Services programs. Details are provided with your acceptance notification – Health & Human Services Additional Program Requirements (224 KB)

Choose NSCC

  • You spend a significant part of your time with children of all ages, observing and facilitating their learning in a variety of settings. This is an important and valued element in your learning portfolio.
  • You can access professional resources and support. The Early Childhood Development Support Centres, located on campus, offer resources and training support to early learning and childcare professionals, students, parents and the community throughout Nova Scotia. Each Centre coordinates professional development activities and is equipped with a variety of resources including: a lending library, research support educational/digital equipment.
  • NSCC University Articulation & Transfer Agreements – This program may provide advanced standing for graduates who want to continue their studies beyond 2 years to complete a university degree.

Our Grads

  • Graduates are qualified to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children in licensed childcare settings, school-age programs, head start, family resource, and child development centres within early intervention and public health services, as well as within public schools as educational assistants.
  • Many graduates also find work providing childcare in private homes as well as operating an in-home family daycare.
  • Some of our graduates have built their own child care businesses or become directors of established centres.
  • Others interested in furthering their early childhood studies have been eligible to enter programs in other learning institutions at an advanced level.

Part-time Study

  • This program is available for part-time study through online delivery.
  • If you apply for the part-time study option, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you are referred to a Campus Registrar for course selection. Some courses will also be available through Continuing Education – View upcoming courses.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study will vary and depend on the schedule you choose and number of courses you complete each term.
  • Tuition for part-time study option is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Other Info

  • Alternate Locations – The location for this program alternates and is not always offered at the same location each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to agency placements.
  • You are required to complete the Child Abuse Registry Request for Search Form which is available online from the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services.
  • Early Childhood Education Assistance Program – Early Childhood Education students may be eligible to receive financial reimbursement for tuition costs from the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services. This incentive program is intended to enhance the ability of licensed child care centres and Family Home Day Care (FHDC) agencies to recruit and retain staff by providing financial support to individuals interested in pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education (ECE) who complete approved training diploma/degree programs.
  • Work Experience – Students are required to complete 6 unpaid work experiences (see the course list for more details). They will take place in at least 2 different sites (working with a variety of age groups).

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ECSP 1000   Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education
ECSP 1002   Observing and Recording Young Children
ECSP 1004   Aesthetics & Creativity
ECSP 1005   Positive Child Guidance
ECSP 1006   Health & Safety
ECSP 1008   Building & Supporting Professional Relationships
ECSP 1009   Emerging Literacy in the Early Childhood Years
ECSP 1010   Family Studies
ECSP 1011   Nutrition for Young Children
ECSP 1012   Administering Early Childhood Services
ECSP 1014   Applying Developmentally Appropriate Practice
ECSP 1015   Children with Special Needs
ECSP 1016   Music and Movement
ECSP 1050   Work Experience I
ECSP 1051   Work Experience II
ECSP 1052   Work Experience III
ECSP 1123   Infant and Toddler Care
ECSP 1125   Pre-school Methods
ECSP 1127   Issues in School Age Care
ECSP 1200   Learning Through Play I
ECSP 2050   Work Experience IV
ECSP 2051   Work Experience V
ECSP 2052   Work Experience VI
ECSP 2200   Learning Through Play II
GDEV 1028   Human Growth and Development I
GDEV 2028   Human Growth and Development II
HUSV 1000   Introduction to Sociology
HUSV 1001   Introduction to Psychology
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOCS 1005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice I

Additional Graduation Requirements

Child Abuse Check
Criminal Record/Position of Trust
Food Handler's Course
Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

Next Steps

  1. Application Process

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