FAQ

FAQ

Do I have to complete all the admission requirements listed before applying to the program?

No.  Apply as soon as possible.  When you apply, you are given a student number and a Langara email account.  This helps you communicate with the Admissions Office regarding the status of your application.  You can go online and view your "admissions checklist" through the Langara login page at any time. 

I am an international student.  Do admission requirements differ for international students?

International applicants must meet the same admission requirements for the Early Childhood Education Diploma program as domestic applicants.  However, international applicants have additional admission requirements and Visa responsibilities related to studying in Canada.  For further information regarding international students, please contact:    international@langara.ca

Is there a part-time option to the program?

The program is a one-year, full time program.  Options for part time studies are available for students who receive accomodations through Accessibilty Services at Langara College.

Can I take any courses prior to starting the ECE program?

Yes.  Some students who have been out of school for a while prefer to ease back into academics by taking a few courses prior to starting the ECE program.  Other students like to lighten their course load by taking some of the support courses in advance of the ECE program.  These courses include ENGL 1127, CMNS 1115, PSYCH 2324, PSYC 2328 and PSYC 2318.  Prerequisites are required for the Psychology courses.

I notice that I need to complete 40 hours of volunteer work in order to fullfil one of the admission requirements.  Where can I volunteer?

Volunteer hours are accepted if completed in a licensed early childhood program for children under 6 years of age in the province of British Columbia.  Many applicants contact their neighbourhood child care centre and ask to volunteer.  For suggestions of licensed programs, contact West Coast Child Care Resource and Referral     http://www.wstcoast.org/

Please note that out of school programs and Strong Start programs do not meet this admission requirement.

I have a current criminal record clearance from my previous volunteer/work experience.  Can I use this to fulfil my requirement for a criminal record check.

Absolutley not.  When Registration and Enrollment Services, Admissions gives you a provisional acceptance into the program, you will be contacted by email and provided with a link to the appropriate criminal record review application. You must carefully follow the instructions given by Admissions. No other criminal record check will be accepted by the college.Criminal record reviews are conducted by the Ministry of Justice.  

I have already taken a First Aid course.  Will this be accepted to fulfil the First Aid requirement for admissions?

Students must complete an 8 hour First Aid course that includes CPR with children and infants.  Certificates are renewable every three years.  As there is a fee to take this course, the First Aid requirment can be completed after you have received a provisional acceptance into the program but must be completed before the first day of classes.

I have previously applied to the ECE program at Langara College.  Are all my documents and volunteer work still valid?

If you have submitted an application in prior years please contact admissions@langara.bc.ca and include your student number in the email subject line.  You will need to complete a reactivation request.  Applications that are more than two years old will have to be updated.  The 40 hours of volunteer work requirement must have been completed within the last two years and all reference letters must be current in order to be considered for reapplication.

Is there a cut-off date for applications to your program?

New applications may be closed when there are substantial applications in progress and the time needed to complete the admission requirements is limited.  Applications are accepted as long as space is available.  Seats are offered on a first come, first serve basis conditional to your completed application and successful interview.

How many students are there in each class?

Class size is set at 32 students in the basic Early Childhood Education Diploma program.  Class size is 25 in the Special Education Post Basic Citation program.

What is the cost of tuition for the program?  Are there additional costs?

Please check the COST OF STUDY TOOL located on the department's web page for a complete list of all the costs per semester.

For International Students, please check under FEES on the main college web pages.

How can I get help to pay the cost of tuition?

The Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia ( ECEBC), in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, has enhanced and expanded the ECE Bursary Program.  These programs are designed to increase the number of students entering, re-establishing and graduating from recognized post secondary ECE programs.  Students are eligible to receive up to $4000 in funding per school semester.  The bursary is open to all students enrolled at an acredited ECE post secondary institution.

Information regarding the bursary can be found at https://www.ecebc.ca/

Students can also apply for a BC Government Student Loan        

There are many scholarships and bursaries available to Langara Students.

For Langara College Financial Aid office, contact 604-323-5376   or finaid@langara.ca

How many hours of homework are required?

The program workload is heavy, deadlines must be taken seriously, and some of the assignments may involve evening and weekend group work.

Does the college arrange practicum placements for students?

Yes, all  practicum placements are arranged by the ECE department.

I have a disability.  Will this prevent me from taking the program?

If you have a disability, please contact Accessibility Services at Langara College: accessibilityservices@langara.ca as soon as possible to discuss what accommodations may be available.

What is the average length of time it takes for a graduate to find employment?

Although some graduates are offered positions before they finish the program, many begin their careers by working as substitute or casual teachers.  Most, if not all graduates are fully employed within a year of graduating.

Are any of the credits transferable to universities in British Columbia.

Yes, students graduating from the Early Childhood Education Diploma Program may apply to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Degree offered at Capilano University and receive credit for the Diploma Program.  Graduates also receive credit for their Diploma Program when entering the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care Degree at the University of Victoria.  In addition, there are 5 courses that are directly transferable to any university in Canada. 

Can I complete the Infant and Toddler certification as part of the diploma?

One of the features of Langara's ECE program is that our program is completed in 12 months and includes most of the course work required for an Infant and Toddler certification from the Provincial Child Care Registry.  Graduates from the ECE diploma program need only complete an additional practicum in order to fulfill the academic requirements for certification as an Infant and Toddler educator.