Become an essential part of a child’s early years, when learning through play is vital to their development. In this one-year certificate, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to work as a Level 2 Early Childhood Educator. Our program is approved for licensing in most provinces and territories and has been designed for flexibility to meet your needs.

Through a blend of theory and practical application, we’ll prepare you with the knowledge, experience and perspectives you’ll need to work with young children at any stage of development. You can arrange your practicum near you for hands-on learning. Develop a career fit for your nurturing personality with our ECE certificate.

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Career Opportunities

When you graduate, your in-demand skills will open up opportunities in:

  • Before and After School Programs
  • Child Care Centres
  • Day Homes
  • Early Learning Programs
  • Family Group Care Programs
  • Kindergartens
  • Out-of-school Care Programs
  • Parenting Centres
  • Preschool Programs
  • Recreational Facilities

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30+ years

of delivering Early Childhood Education

97 days

spent learning on the job in a practicum setting

1 outdoor play space

for students to gain hands-on experience



September (on-campus or online), January (internship), and May (online only)

Credential / Accreditation



One year

Dates and Deadlines

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Program Availability
Domestic Status
International Status
International Status with Study Permit
Fall 2024
Year 1 - On Campus
Fall 2024
Year 1 - Online
Winter 2025
Year 1 - Online
Winter 2025
Year 1 - On Campus
Spring 2025
Year 1 - Online


This program is available for International Students.

New applicants are accepted in the Early Childhood Education certificate program for on-campus delivery for the Fall (September) term. Students wishing to enroll for the on-campus delivery in the Winter (January) term will take courses in a revised curriculum based on course availability. This admission will result in a three term curriculum for the on-campus completion of the certificate. Courses are also open on an individual basis for part-time study. 

Upon successful completion of your Early Childhood Education certificate program, you will be eligible for admission to the Early Childhood Education diploma. In order to be considered for the diploma program, we recommend that you submit a Change of Program to the Admissions Office in your last term of study of the certificate program. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Admissions Office.

Students completing the certificate through online study are accepted for terms beginning Fall (September), Winter (January) or Spring (May). Students choosing this route must contact the ECE program to plan their program.

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs

Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded an Early Childhood Education certificate.

Bow Valley College

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Early Childhood Education certificate, with a minimum mark of 64% and completion of additional courses (INS-1155, SOC-2270, and either COM-1159 or COM-1162), are eligible to receive up to 37 credits towards the Early Childhood Education and Development diploma at Bow Valley College. Students should consult Academic Advising at Bow Valley College for more information. 

Lakeland College

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Early Childhood Education certificate, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, are eligible for admission into the second year of the Early Learning and Child Care diploma at Lakeland College. Courses are reviewed on a course-by-course basis. Please contact Academic Advising at Lakeland College for more information. 

Lethbridge College

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Early Childhood Education certificate are eligible for admission to the Early Childhood diploma. In order to be considered for the diploma, we recommend that you submit a Change of Program to Admissions Office in your last term of study of the certificate program. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Admissions Office. 

Medicine Hat College

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Early Childhood Education certificate are eligible for admission into the second year of the Early Child Care diploma at Medicine Hat College. Students should contact a Medicine Hat College Academic Advisor for further information. 


Students in the online certificate program are strongly encouraged to contact the Early Childhood Education Practicum Coordinator upon their admission to the program to inquire about the process for setting up practicum placements. This process can take 2-3 months and there are deadlines that must be adhered to. All students are held to the same deadlines and requirements and failure to meet those deadlines and/or requirements may result in a delay in being able to complete a practicum placement.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Pre-Placement Requirements

This program has a required Work-Integrated Learning Pre-Placement Requirements (WIL) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the WIL.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the WIL setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) coverage - WIL placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a WIL placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services at Lethbridge College preferably upon acceptance to the program and no later than the Add/Drop deadline to identify potential impacts of their disabilities in the WIL setting. As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with WIL supervisors to determine appropriate accommodations that do not compromise the health and safety of clients, essential placement requirements, or mandatory licensing processes. Failure to consult with Accessibility Services in a timely fashion may compromise the student's WIL placement and opportunities for success in the WIL setting.

In order to participate in a WIL, a student may be required to complete a Police Information Check or other type of Security Clearance to the satisfaction of Lethbridge College and the WIL organization. Completion of a WIL does not guarantee employment with a WIL organization. Many disciplines are provincially or otherwise regulated (e.g. health professions under Alberta's Health Professions Act); such regulation is beyond Lethbridge College's control. Completion of a WIL and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee one's licensure or admission into a regulatory body. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a representative of the relevant regulatory body if they have concerns.

WIL sites may include Lethbridge, surrounding rural communities, and may extend beyond these boundaries depending on WIL site availability and approvals. WIL’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

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Delivery Formats

The Early Childhood Education programs are available through on-campus delivery, which may include some blended delivery components, as well as a fully online delivery.


This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.

Hyflex - Internship

This program is offered both on-campus and online; lectures and hands-on training opportunities are delivered through video conference, allowing students the option to attend classes in-person or remotely.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


This program is fully delivered online with both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) components.


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Year 1
Term I
ECE-1155Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
ECE-1156Development Through Play3
ECE-1184Practicum I3
PSY-1171Child Growth and Development3
Term II
ECE-1151Health, Safety and Nutrition3
ECE-1154Guiding Children's Behavior3
ECE-1168Children's Outdoor Play3
ECE-1186Practicum II6
PSY-1191The Developing Brain3
 Total Credits33
Prior Learning Assessment

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Please direct your inquiries to the ECE program.

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Tuition and Fees

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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

Students are responsible for the cost of the field trips relating to this program.

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