NSCC Early Childhood Education Diploma

Is this profession right for you?

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? Will you open your mind to ignite creativity in the way you think, play, teach and solve problems? If so, you will find deep satisfaction in the field of early childhood education.

Is this program right for you?

Competent, caring and compassionate are just some of the traits that are used to describe graduates of NSCC's Early Childhood Education program. This is a project-based program that blends classroom study with applied learning with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children.

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


NSCC's School of Health & Human Services focuses on educating students to meet the complex and changing needs of the Health and Human Services sectors. We are committed to the principles of adult learning and portfolio development and prepare all of our graduates for lifelong learning.

Find out more about NSCC's Early Childhood Education program!

Interested in accessing NSCC ECE on a part time basis?

Learn about the new NSCC Alternate Delivery ECE Diploma*!
Current NSCC online courses*

Alternate delivery can include online, face to face, video conferencing, workshops or any combination of the above. For more information, contact your nearest Early Childhood Development Support Centre or visit www.onlinelearning.nscc.ca.

The Recognizing Prior Learning (RPL) process

  • assists you to seek recognition for what you know and can do.
  • is a way of obtaining credit for college-level knowledge and/or skills gained outside the classroom and through other educational/training programs.
  • compares prior learning gained from education, training, work, life experiences and personal study to the learning achieved in college courses.

If you are able to demonstrate that your prior learning is equivalent to what would normally be acquired through formal courses in the chosen area of College study, then credit is granted.

For more information on RPL at NSCC.

The NSCC Early Childhood Education RPL Self Audit Guide can guide you in recognizing if you are a good candidate for RPL while assisting you in reflecting on how the learning you have gained through experience may match the learning outcomes of the NSCC ECE courses.

The NSCC RPL Challenge Portfolio Resource will guide you in preparing a Challenge Portfolio that will demonstrate and document the learning you have gained through experience that match the learning outcomes of the NSCC ECE courses.

Continuing Education Program

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is offering financial assistance to those looking to further their education in the field through 2016/2017. The "Continuing Education Program is intended to enhance the ability of licensed child care centres and family home day care agencies to recruit and retain staff." (From their website.) To find out if you are eligible for this financial program, or to apply, visit the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's website.

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