The Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs at Langara College, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ prepare students to work with young children, families, and community partners within the context of the principles of the BC Early Learning Framework, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action, the ECEBC Code of Ethics, BC Child Care Sector Occupational Competencies, Child Care Licensing Regulation and UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The ECE programs at Langara College, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ offer current, meaningful theory courses and a variety of practicum experiences to support students' knowledge and understanding of professional practice. The strong values of inclusion and respect for all children and families are embedded throughout the curriculum in the diploma, certificate and post-basic Special Needs citation programs.

At Langara College, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, ECE students develop advocacy, social responsibility and a rich understanding of the complexity of the work of an early childhood educator.  The curriculum is rooted in inclusive practice that advocates for responsive care and education for all children. All courses offer high quality instruction from faculty with diverse professional expertise.

In addition to our ECE diploma and certificate programs, students have the option to earn additional citations in Infant and Toddler Education and Special Needs Education.


The ECE Diploma program has two intakes per year. Students may start the 1 year full time diploma program in either September or January.  IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING ADMISSION:  Students admitted to the ECE Diploma program may need to take 1 or more additional English courses in order to meet the prerequisite requirements of the English course requirements in this program.  If so, this will extend the duration of the program requirements past one year.

The Post Basic ECE Special Needs Citation program has intakes in September and January. Once the three evening courses are complete, there is a practicum requirement.

The ECE Certificate program has three intakes per year, in September, January and May. The ECE Certificate program is part time and is entirely online, with the exception of the 3 practica.

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