Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (Merritt Campus)

Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate

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Program Information

School:Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (Merritt Campus)
Faculty:Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Department
Field of Study:Aboriginal Education
Aboriginal Studies
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Description: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 as part of the program.

Students are required to complete 48 credits (with an overall minimum GPA of 2.33) to receive the Aboriginal Early Childhood Education certificate, and will be prepared for employment in many different career areas: day-care centres; pre-schools; private kindergartens; special needs centres, and; a variety of other facilities. Graduates also have the opportunity of completing a second year to obtain the Aboriginal Early Childhood Education diploma.

Please note that this program is only available at NVIT's Merritt campus only, and the practicum placement will be scheduled throughout the Nicola Valley and Thompson Areas.
URL:Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (Merritt Campus)
Length:1 Year(s)
Careers:Early Childhood Educators and Assistants

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Admission requirements are as follows: Grade 12 Diploma or Mature status (19 years of age or older); English 12 or ENGL 060*; 40 hours of volunteer and/or work experience (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), and; 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 applicants must attend an interview with program personnel in August preceding the start of the program. All admitted students will be required to obtain a current clear Criminal Record Check from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. All accepted students will complete an application for a Criminal Record Consent on their first day of classes. The results of this check must be forwarded to the AECE Program Coordinator for retention and presentation to practicum facilities.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on July 03, 2010