Tuition and Fees
How to Apply
Current Course Offerings
Program Delivery Location: Merritt, Community Based
Credential: Certificate, Diploma
Format: Full-Time, Part-Time
Start Dates: September
Programs in this Department
Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate
Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Diploma
Application Package (pdf)
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.
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
The NVIT Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Diploma Program is designed to meet provincial certification and licensing standards for Infant/Toddler and Special Needs children. The program will ensure academic, community, and First Nations standards are adhered to so that NVIT graduates are successful, effective child development workers and educators in British Columbia communities. The program is designed to run eight months from the beginning of September to the end of April.
Successful completion of this program will allow graduates to work as supervisors in a variety of daycare settings, to work with children who have special needs in a variety of settings, and to work with infants and toddlers under three years of age.
Graduates of the Aboriginal Early Childhood Education program will be prepared for employment in many different career areas:
• Day-care centres • Nursery schools
• Family and group facilities • Private kindergartens
• Pre-schools • Under-3 centres
• Special needs centres • Supervisory roles
• Other childcare facilities
For more information, contact Denyse Oswald-Finch 250-378-3311 or firstname.lastname@example.org