Early Childhood Education Certificate

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to work with young children in a variety of early learning and child-care settings. Through study of such topics as Child Development; Child, Family & Community; as well as practical exposure through practicum placements at child-care agencies, students gain the knowledge and experience needed to become early childhood educators. Graduates receive an Early Childhood Education Certificate (Basic) I certification.

This program is designed for those who wish to qualify as early childhood educators in daycare or preschool centres. You may work as an assistant while attending classes. The program does not qualify students to teach in the public school system. The successful completion of 12 core courses and three practicums (approximately 19 weeks of practicum time) is required for licensing by the Community Care Facilities Branch.

Admission Requirements: Secondary school (grade 12) graduation or equivalent, or acceptance under mature student regulations. Record of previous education, appropriate references, complete application form. All prospective students to the ECE program must go through the application process which includes an interview with our program coordinator and completion of our application package. All students must be accepted to the program by our program coordinator before they may register. Application session dates are listed on the back of this sheet.


Duration: 908 hours/43 weeks

Program Courses: 12 core courses and 3 practicums – approximately 19 weeks of practicum time.

All information sessions are held at Ridge Meadows College

Program Application:

To register please download and complete the application package – Click Here to Download 

Course Registration:

Only students that have filled out the application form above and have received confirmation from the office can register for courses.  To register for courses please download and fill out the form.

Winter 2021 

Please note that all Winter 2021 courses are now full and closed for registration EXCEPT FOR:

  • Health, Safety & Nutrition – February 13 – March 13 (Saturdays, from 9:00 am – 3:00).  Attendance mandatory for all classes.
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition – April 10 – May 8 (Saturdays, from 9:00 am – 3:00).  Attendance mandatory for all classes.

To register please email rmc@sd42.ca

PHONE:  604-466-6555 ext. 2
Or by email at rmc@sd42.ca