Early Childhood Education

Starts Sept

$4000.00 Tuition Support

The Nova Scotia Government will provide up to $4000.00 Tuition Support for Early Childhood Education students of island Career Academy.

Effective this September, students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program will receive Tuition Support funding of $4000.00, ($2000.00 per year of completion).

For complete details of the Early Childhood Education program and the Tuition Support Program contact Cathy Burt, Director of Programs at Island Career Academy. Ph: 902.564.6112 email:cathy.burt@islandcareeracademy.ca

Note: The provincial Education Department says over the next three years it’s anticipated that Nova Scotia will need more than 700 new early childhood educators to meet the demand in preprimary and the regulated child care sector.

Early Childhood Education Diploma Program

Developed with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, this program teaches both theoretical and practical experience necessary to assist in all aspects of creating and sustaining childcare programs for families and the community.

Be prepared for employment in the field of child care, work within child care centres, pre-school programs and family child care environments.

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Program Description

The Early Childhood Education program was developed to meet the training standards of the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Department and is designed to provide opportunities for participants to develop the basic knowledge, skills, practical experience, and values necessary to work with children and their families, in child care centres, pre-school programs and family child care. Theory and practice are reinforced in our on-site child care centre (lab).

The Early Childhood Education program promotes readiness for employment in the community by developing the student’s abilities and initiative in creating and sustaining programs and strategies for children and their families.

The practical application of learning is intrinsic to the program and its participants. Students will be learning and working in the community throughout the program. Classroom learning and sharing will prepare students for work experience.

Graduates are qualified for employment in early childhood settings such as, child care centres, pre-schools and family child care.

Program Duration:

900 hours of in-class instruction
640 hours of work place (practicum) experience
Course of study will include the following:
  • Understanding Child Development
  • Early Childhood Program Development
  • Play Theories in Curriculum Development
  • Child Guidance Studies
  • Child Behaviour Studies
  • Observation/Assessment Studies
  • Health & Safety
  • Nutrition Studies
  • Child in Family Studies
  • Diversity Studies
  • Exception Children Studies
  • Professionalism and Community Resource Studies
  • Foundation of Early Childhood Education Studies
  • Research Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Communication Studies (Computer Related)


Students must complete sixteen (16) weeks of work placement experience (practicums). Practicums will be divided over three periods within the program, in various childcare settings in the community. The first two placements being 160 hours (4 weeks) in duration, the final placement being 320 hours (8 weeks) in duration.

Entrance Requirements:

The entrance requirements for this program are Grade 12, GED, or minimum Wonderlic (14) cut score, and a clear Criminal Record/ Vulnerable Sector Check, clear Child Abuse Registry Check and 3 reference letters.

Relevant certifications acquired during this program include:

  • Standard First Aid
  • CPR Level C
  • WHMIS/Occupational Health & Safety
  • Food Handlers

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Level 1 Training


Contact the office of Island Career Academy for details regarding orientation.
Click here to view more info on the orientation program. Courses included in level 1 training:

Six (6) Academic courses and Guided Workplace Experience are required to complete Level One training.

Courses are offered as follows:

  • ECE 1005 Child Development: Pre-birth through Preschool
  • ECE 1009 Children's Play: Curriculum Development from Infancy through Age Five
  • ECE 1010 Child Guidance: Developmental and Cultural Understandings of Behaviour
  • ECE 2017 Children’s Play: Curriculum Development for Ages Six to Twelve
  • ECE 2018 Methods of Positive Behavior Management
  • ECE 1015 Child Development Ages 6 - 12

Guided Workplace Experience (GWE)

Participants for Level 1 Classification are required to provide proof of completion of a GUIDED WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE providing opportunities to link course work with practice. The GWE takes place in your own licensed centre.

Information and Registration

To obtain additional information or to register, contact Island Career Academy.

Telephone: 902.564.6112or Email: admissions@islandcareeracademy.ca

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