BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate


Department:Career Training (Education)
Program Delivery Location: Merritt
Credential: Certificate
Format: Full-Time, Part-Time
Start Dates: September

Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate

The Aboriginal Early Childhood Education program is designed to meet provincial licensing standards,
academic standards, community and First Nations standards to ensure NVIT graduates are successful, effective child development workers in BC communities.

The program is unique in that it emphasizes the knowledge, skills and standards relevant to both Aboriginal and mainstream individuals, families and communities. Early Childhood Education is a rapidly expanding field with a high need for qualified and certified childcare workers, particularly in Aboriginal communities. The program also includes First Aid certification in the Health, Nutrition and Safety Course (AECE 150).

The AECE program is an exciting and progressive program with a focus on Aboriginal content in the curriculum. Admission is open to all learners, particularly those wishing to explore and experience Early Childhood Education from an Aboriginal perspective. The program is designed to run 10.5 months from the beginning of September to the middle of July.

An Aboriginal Early Childhood Education (AECE) Certificate is awarded upon the successful completion of the equivalent of one year of full-time study with the option of continuing on to the second year diploma. The AECE certificate requires 48 credits. An overall minimum GPA of 2.33 is required.


Admission Requirements



  • Grade 12 Diploma or Mature status (19 years of age);

  • English 12/English 12 First Peoples or ENGL 060*;

  • 40 hours of volunteer and/or work experience with 20 hours being in a licensed group, pre-school or childcare facility and under the supervision of a qualified Early Childhood Educator and the remaining 20 hours being in a private setting (sports camp, babysitting, daycamp, etc.) working with children from the ages of 3-12;

  • Medical Reference form for AECE (available from NVIT);

  • Immunization Record form for AECE (available from NVIT);

  • A professional letter of reference from an individual working in the childcare or education field.


*Applicants may be admitted with English 11 or 050 but will be required to take ENGL 060 as part of their program.


All admitted students will be required to obtain a current clear Criminal Record Check from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, which will be included in the Admissions Package that must be filled out and returned to registration.


All accepted students will complete an application for a Criminal Record Consent and the results will be retained by NVIT until the completion of the AECE program.


Licensing


The Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate is approved by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Early Childhood Educator Registry. Successful completion of the program will allow graduates to work with children 0 to 12 as well as supervise children up to a private kindergarten level.

*Note that practicum placement will be scheduled throughout the Nicola Valley and Thompson Areas 

AECE Year 1 Fall Courses
An Aboriginal Early Childhood Education (AECE) Certificate is awarded upon the successful completion of the equivalent of one year of full-time study with the option of continuing on to the second year diploma. The AECE certificate requires 48 credits as prescribed below. An overall minimum GPA of 2.33 is required
  • AECE-102 - Early Years Development I
  • AECE-110 - Child Development I Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • AECE-134 - Guidance for the Early Years I
  • ENGL-110 - English Composition
  • PSYC-131 - Applied Interprsnal & Career Dev. Skills
  • STSC-101 - Strategies for Success 101
  • Year 1 Fall
  • AECE-102 - Early Years Development I
  • AECE-110 - Child Development I Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • AECE-134 - Guidance for the Early Years I
  • ENGL-110 - English Composition
  • PSYC-131 - Applied Interprsnal & Career Dev. Skills
  • STSC-101 - Strategies for Success 101
  • Year 1 Spring
  • AECE-104 - Early Years Development II
  • AECE-124 - Programming for Early Years I
  • AECE-136 - Observing in the Early Years
  • AECE-140 - Music and Art in ECE
  • AECE-145 - Children's Literature
  • AECE-148 - Introductory Practicum
  • Year 1 Summer
  • AECE-125 - Curriculum Development in ECE
  • AECE-149 - Clinical Competencies
  • AECE-150 - Health, Nutrition & Safety
  • Course Listing for this program

    AECE-102 - Credits: 3.000
    Early Years Development I
    The overall goal of AECE 102 is that students will be introduced to child development, learn popular theories, and explore Aboriginal birthing practices and Aboriginal child-rearing practice to age two. AECE 102 will ensure students are aware of development within a holistic framework. More Details on this course
    AECE-104 - Credits: 3.000
    Early Years Development II
    The overall goal of AECE 104 is that students will be introduced to child development, learn popular theories, and explore Aboriginal child-rearing practices from age two, through to adolescence. AECE 104 will ensure students are aware of development within a holistic framework. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: AECE 102
    AECE-110 - Credits: 3.000
    Child Development I Foundations of Early Childhood Education
    AECE 110 forms an integral and unique part of NVIT's Aboriginal Early Childhood Education by introducing the students to the history, philosophies, program models and quality of Aboriginal Early Childhood Education programs. This course introduces students to parents, children, and Early Childhood Educators and their roles in an early childhood setting as well as the basics of how to run an early childhood center. This is the foundation course that all other courses evolve from. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    AECE-124 - Credits: 3.000
    Programming for Early Years I
    The overall goal of AECE 124 is that the students are introduced to the learning environment as related to programming in a mainstream and Aboriginal context. The students will be introduced to the legal, fiscal, and social realities of running an early childhood center as well as learn how to incorporate play, inquiry, and exploration into the program that enhances development in the social, cognitive, physical, emotional, language, and spiritual domains. More Details on this course
    AECE-125 - Credits: 3.000
    Curriculum Development in ECE
    Students will be introduced to curriculum planning and development by learning teaching methods of math, science and social studies with a particular challenge of attaining or creating culturally appropriate and specific learning tools. The course will ensure that students are aware of development within a holistic framework. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: AECE 124 / AECE 145 / AECE 140 / or by permission of the Department Head
    AECE-134 - Credits: 3.000
    Guidance for the Early Years I
    In the AECE 134 - Guidance for the Early Years I course students will be introduced to the methods and techniques of guiding children in a positive manner. The course foundation will focus on becoming competent in methods of guiding children in early childhood centers that support development, positive behavior, and social skills. The uniqueness of this course is that is it presented from both an Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal context. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: AECE 102 / AECE 124 / AECE 136 / or AECE 102, 124, & 136 as Corequisites.
    Corequisites: AECE 101 / AECE 135 / AECE 120 / or AECE 101, 120, & 135 as Prerequisites.
    AECE-136 - Credits: 3.000
    Observing in the Early Years
    In the AECE 136 - Observing & Recording Behavior course students will become aware of how proficient observation skills reveal a range of behaviors in two to five year old children that is relevant to changes in their growth and development. By becoming competent in the method of observing and recording, students will become aware of how young children respond to adults, peers, and to an early childhood development environment. This course is designed to focus on six aspects of child development: emotional, social, physical, cognitive, language, and creative. Students will become knowledgeable and skilled in the areas of observing and recording children's behaviors. This course has been designed using both an Aboriginal and non-aboriginal perspective of early child development. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: AECE 102
    AECE-140 - Credits: 3.000
    Music and Art in ECE
    The course provides students with an introduction to the study of music and art in relation to programming in the early childhood education field. Students will learn the connection between theory and practice in the area of creativity for both individual expression and cultural identity. The course ensures that students know the development age of aesthetic, musical, and sensory experiences in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal settings. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    AECE-145 - Credits: 3.000
    Children's Literature
    The overall goal of AECE 145 is that students will become aware of how quality literature supports child development in all areas, through their active engagement in books, drama, poetry, puppetry, storytelling and emerging literacy in a mainstream and Aboriginal context. More Details on this course
    AECE-148 - Credits: 3.000
    Introductory Practicum
    AECE 148 provides students with the opportunity to interact with young children at a variety of venues like preschools, daycares, and family daycare centers. The practicum provides students with eighty hours of contact time with children in the second term. The course will give the student a practical experience that will enhance their classroom studies. AECE 148 will ensure students are introduced to the connection between theory and practice. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: AECE 145 / AECE 102 / AECE 104 / AECE 124 / AECE 134 / AECE 136 / AECE 140 / AECE 110 / ENGL 110
    Corequisites: AECE 125 / AECE 150
    AECE-149 - Credits: 9.000
    Clinical Competencies
    The course provides 320 hours of contact time with children in a registered childcare center for a period of ten weeks.The overall goal of AECE 149 is that the student will have a clinical/practical experience that will enhance their classroom studies. AECE 149 will ensure students are keenly practicing the connection between theory and practice. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 110 / AECE 104 / AECE 124 / AECE 134 / AECE 136 / AECE 102 / AECE 148 / AECE 140 / AECE 145 / AECE 110
    Corequisites: AECE 150 / AECE 125
    AECE-150 - Credits: 3.000
    Health, Nutrition & Safety
    The overall goal of AECE 150 is that students will be thoroughly introduced to the concept of preventative health, nutrition and safety particularly in an Aboriginal context. The course includes exploring traditional use of plants as food and medicines in a local context. AECE 150 will ensure students are aware of the current health issues within Aboriginal communities. More Details on this course
    ENGL-110 - Credits: 3.000
    English Composition
    English 110 prepares students to write successful college essays. This course focuses on the writing process. Students will learn how to develop, organize, write, revise, document, and edit essays. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor.
    PSYC-131 - Credits: 3.000
    Applied Interprsnal & Career Dev. Skills
    This course presents a comprehensive view of the theory and research in interpersonal communication, and at the same time, guides students to improve a wide range of interpersonal skills and to apply these to personal, social and workplace relationship. Coverage of cultural diversity, leadership, job skills, ethics and personal productivity and stress management make this course the best choice for students to communicate successfully. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or ENGL 12. / ENGL 060
    STSC-101 - Credits: 3.000
    Strategies for Success 101
    This course is a hybrid incorporating both online and classroom teaching. It introduces the students to college academic culture and connects them to the resources that will aid in their success. The course covers a variety of topics including: test-taking strategies, note-taking, time management, online research, student responsibilities and ethics, learning styles, and setting educational goals. More Details on this course

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2018 (January - April)


  • AECE-104-01
  • AECE-124-01
  • AECE-136-01
  • AECE-140-01
  • AECE-145-01
  • AECE-148-01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • STSC-101-01
  • Fall 2018 (September - December)


  • AECE-102-01
  • AECE-110-01
  • AECE-134-01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • PSYC-131-01
  • STSC-101-01
  • STSC-101-V1
  • Spring 2019 (January - April)


  • AECE-104-01
  • AECE-124-01
  • AECE-136-01
  • AECE-140-01
  • AECE-145-01
  • AECE-148-01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
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