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Mi'kmaw Early Childhood Education (Poqji-kina'masulti'kw tel-kina'mujik mijua'ji'jk)

Mi'kmaw Early Childhood Education (Poqji-kina'masulti'kw tel-kina'mujik mijua'ji'jk)

Prepare for a career that focuses on the unique culture and needs of Mi'kmaw children

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.


Early Childhood Educators plan education programs that help to nurture the physical, psychological and social well-being of children and their families.

This program was developed to meet the provincial standards for early childhood education training in Nova Scotia. It blends classroom study with applied learning with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children with a focus on Mi'kmaw culture and language. You're also introduced to the unique Mi'kmaw perspective on a range of concepts from family to harmony.

You learn:

  • Major theories of child care and development within a warm, caring and stimulating environment.
  • The knowledge and skills to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children in a variety of settings.
  • Effective communication strategies for working with children, parents, early childhood educators and other professionals.
  • How to assess children's abilities and skills so you can develop programs that emphasize the development of the whole child as a unique individual within a Mi'kmaq community.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
  • Food Handlers course
  • Immunization form Completion

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • You're not guaranteed placements of your choice.
  • Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • 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.
  • Graduates may also be eligible to work within public schools as an educational assistant. Please check with your desired Regional Centre for Education for verification.
  • 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 childcare businesses or become directors of established centres.

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 have access to professional resources and support through Early Childhood Development Support Centres. Located at many NSCC campuses, these centres offer support to early learning and childcare professionals, students, parents and communities throughout Nova Scotia. Each Centre coordinates professional development activities and is equipped with a variety of resources, including a lending library, research support and educational/digital equipment.

Other info

  • Each week, you spend 3 days on campus, 1 day participating in a community-based work experience and 1 day completing an online course.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ECSP 1002   Observing and Recording Young Children
ECSP 1004   Aesthetics & Creativity
ECSP 1006   Health and Safety
ECSP 1014   Applying Developmentally Appropriate Practice
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 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
MECE 1000   Wjit Mijuaji’jk L’nuey Kekkinu’tmujik: Fundamentals of ECE
MECE 1005   Ta’n telo’ltimk: Positive Child Guidance
MECE 1008   Building and Supporting Professional Relationships
MECE 1009   Poqji nta’kitjet: Emerging Literacy in the Early Childhood Years
MECE 1010   Wjusuti: Family Studies
MECE 1011   Tetpaqatalultimk: Nutrition for Young Children
MECE 1012   Ta'n teli-nikana'tumk kina'matnewey: Administering Early Childhood Services
MECE 1015   Ankuiapoqnmujik: Diverse Learners
MECE 1016   Ketu’muemk: Music and Movement
MECE 1017   Tlisuti: Interpersonal Communication Skills
MECE 1200   Ta'n tel-mila'timk: Learning Through Play I
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOCS 1000   Introduction to Sociology
SOCS 1001   Introduction to Psychology
SOCS 1005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice I

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