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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Fulfil your passion for the care, education and development of 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.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Burridge Campus (classes in Burridge Campus) • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Burridge Campus (classes at Digby Learning Centre) Full time • Collaborative Seats available
Cumberland Campus • Springhill Full time • In-class Seats available
eCampus Part time • Online Waitlist
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available
September 2021
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class


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

This project-based 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. You learn:

  • The major theories of child care and development within a warm, caring and stimulating environment.
  • The knowledge and skills you need to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children in a variety of settings.
  • Effective communication strategies for working with children, families, fellow Early Childhood Educators and other professionals.
  • How to assess children's abilities and skills to create play-based, inclusive programming that emphasize the development of the whole child as a unique individual.

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

  • A current, official Criminal Records check, Vulnerable Sector check and Child Abuse Register search are required to complete work placements. A conviction or finding in Family Court may impact your ability to obtain a work placement. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • 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.

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 of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • This program is available for part-time study, through online delivery.
  • Once admitted, you're referred to a campus for course selection. Some courses will also be available through Continuing Education.
  • 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.

Career options

  • Graduates are qualified to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children in licensed childcare settings, pre-primary, school-age programs, Head Start, family resource outlets and child development centres within early intervention and public health services.
  • Graduates may be eligible to work as educational assistants; please check with your desired school board for verification.
  • Many graduates find work providing childcare in private homes, as well as operating in-home daycares.

Choose NSCC

  • You have the opportunity to spend a significant part of your time with children of all ages, observing and supporting their learning in a variety of settings. This is an important and valued element in your learning portfolio.
  • You can access professional resources, training and support through provincial Early Childhood Development Support Centres. Each centre coordinates professional development activities and is equipped with a variety of resources, including a lending library, research support and educational/digital equipment.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • This program is not always offered at the same location each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.

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 and Safety
ECSP 1008   Building and 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   Diverse and Inclusive Practice in ECE
ECSP 1016   Music and Movement
ECSP 1017   Interpersonal Communication Skills
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
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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