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Early Learning and Care

Admission Requirements

Early Learning and Care begins in September of each year. This is a popular program and fills up fast.

There is priority seating in this program for students of Indigenous ancestry.

Waiting for a seat? Start program courses this September.

Admission requirements

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

Tip Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

Program Requirements

Effective September 1, 2017

Requirement High school course Camosun course Alternatives
English
one of:
Statement of Intention* Submission of a 300 or more word statement outlining career goals and motivation for entering the program.
Info Session Attendance at a scheduled Early Learning and Care program Information Session is required. If you are unable to attend a scheduled session, please contact the Program Leader.
Experience* Submit proof of completion of 40 hours experience as an employee or volunteer within the past five years in one of:
  • a licensed preschool or group day care centre; and/or
  • approved Family Childcare course.
*Experience must be with children five years of age and under. You should submit a letter from your employer/supervisor outlining your experience.

Participation requirements

On or before the first day of class students are required to:

  • Submit documented completion of a current First Aid Certificate accepted by the Child Care Facilities Licensing Board.
  • Submit documented completion of Medical Health Practitioner form found in the student package sent in August.
  • Criminal Record Check: During this program, you may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults. In order to participate in work integrated learning experiences, such as a practicum or work term, you will need to complete a criminal record check through the Ministry of Justice for Camosun College. Camosun will email you with information on how to complete the Criminal Record Check (CRC) process. You are responsible for all associated costs.

Program recommendations

  • Computer skills including keyboarding, word processing, internet navigation, and email management.
  • A TB skin test may be required. Students are responsible for the cost of this test.
  • Students are highly recommended to maintain current immunizations as per the Practice Education Guidelines of B.C. Recommended immunizations are found on the Health Sciences Placement Network of Canada website by searching for immunization guidelines. Failure to comply with immunization guidelines could result in the childcare organization or the College barring the individual from the practicum setting until proof of immunity is provided and/or until a communicable disease outbreak is declared over. This could impact a student’s ability to successfully complete the practicum placement course and/or a practicum.

Completion requirements

Students must receive a "C+" in all letter-graded courses in the program, plus successfully complete ELC 143, ELC 240; and ELC 241 or ELC 242 with a COM, to graduate with a Diploma in Early Learning and Care.

ECE Registry

You should be advised that graduation from an approved post-secondary early childhood education program does not automatically ensure registration as an Early Childhood Educator. For more details, call the Registry office toll-free at 1-888-338-6622 (in Victoria 356-6501) or check the government website.

Apply online

Waiting for a Seat?

You can take ELC 110*, ELC 150*, PSYC 154, PSYC 256, ENGL 151 and ENGL 161 or ENGL 163 before entering the program as it reduces the course load in three of the four semesters.


Looking for online courses?

*ELC 110 and 150 are also offered online to anyone looking for an elective or some professional development (offerings are subject to a minimum number of seats being filled). No prerequisites are required for these online offerings and enrolment in the ELC program is not necessary. These two courses are recognized by the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development when applying to be an Early Childhood Educator Assistant (ECEA).

To enrol in ELC 110 or ELC 150 online, call Registration at 250-370-3550.

Missing admission requirements?

Camosun offers alternative courses and upgrading programs to help you get started.

What kind of applicant are you?

Camosun has three different applicant categories:

  • Adult
  • Current BC/Yukon High School Student
  • International

Learn more.

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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