Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (Merritt Campus)

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Aboriginal Early Childhood Education

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Program Information

School:Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (Merritt Campus)
Faculty:Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Department
Field of Study:Aboriginal Education
Aboriginal Studies
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Description:The ABORIGINAL EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (AECE) diploma is awarded to recognize the successful completion of the equivalent of 2 years of full-time study. In addition to the successful completion of the AECE certificate, students are required to take the courses, 46 credits, as prescribed below with a total of 94 credits. An overall minimum GPA of 2.33 is required.

The NVIT Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Diploma Program is designed to meet provincial certification and licensing standards for Infant/Toddler and Special Needs children. The program will ensure academic, community, and First Nations standards are adhered to so that NVIT graduates are successful, effective child development workers and educators in British Columbia communities. The program is designed to run ten months from the beginning of September to the end of June. Successful completion of this program will allow graduates to work as supervisors in a variety of daycare settings, to work with children who have special needs in a variety settings, and to work with infants and toddlers under three years of age.

URL:Aboriginal Early Childhood Education at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (Merritt Campus)
Length:2 Year(s)
Careers:Early Childhood Educators and Assistants

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    Applicants are required to have: a Grade 12 Diploma or mature student status; and an AECE/ECE Certificate from NVIT or another post-secondary institution.

    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    Applicants are also required to have a Medical Reference form for AECE (available from NVIT), an Immunization Record form for AECE (available from NVIT), and a professional letter of reference from an individual working in the childcare, education, or special needs field. All applicants must attend an interview the last week in August with an individual in the department. All admitted students will be required to obtain a current clear Criminal Record Check from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. This application will be completed by all students on the first day of classes. The results of this check must be forwarded to the AECE Program Coordinator for retention and presentation to practicum facilities. Applicants must have transportation in order to travel to practicum placements that are throughout the Nicola Valley and Thompson Regions.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on July 27, 2019