The Early Learning Certificate / Diploma Program is currently being reviewed. Entry into this program is currently unavailable.
Early childhood is a critically important period for establishing strong foundations for life long learning and wellbeing. The Early Learning Certificate/Diploma provides educational professionals with the philosophy, understanding and skills to create optimal learning environments, assess children appropriately, and design learning experiences to support children's development. The program will appeal to those who are new to teaching kindergarten, pre-kindergarten and primary grades. It will also be of interest to experienced teachers who wish to expand their theoretical understandings in order to enhance learning opportunities for young children.
The Early Learning Certificate/Diploma program responds to a number of British Columbia Ministry of Education Initiatives such as Full-Day Kindergarten, Strong Start B.C. and Ready, Set, Learn.
The Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (15 credits) and Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (30 credits) provide professional development opportunities for educators and respond to the needs of schools and districts for education specialists. These are post-degree professional programs designed to complement post-secondary education that has already been achieved. These programs do not carry credit toward certification to teach in public schools in British Columbia.
Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma programs requires a bachelor's degree, teacher's certification, or permission of the Dean of Education. Students wishing to enrol in individual courses but who are not in a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate or Diploma program require third-year standing as well as permission of the Dean of Education.
Courses permitted for advanced standing or transfer credit must be senior-level university coursework, and must be conceptually consistent with the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma specialization. Transfer courses require approval from the Specialization Program Coordinator and the Dean of Education. A maximum of 6 credits of coursework may be transferred toward the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. A maximum of 12 credits of coursework may be transferred toward the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma. Transfer courses must not have been used for credit toward other certificates, diplomas, or degrees.
To respond to professional schedules, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate/Diploma courses are normally offered as Saturday sessions (during winter terms) and also as regularly scheduled summer session courses. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is awarded after the completion of 15 credits. The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma is awarded after the completion of 30 credits. Students may complete the courses as available in sequence, or take the required number of courses within a six-year maximum period.
Note: Some courses may require pre-requisites.
Last reviewed 11/9/2012 3:35:45 PM