Early Childhood Education and Care Program



The Early Childhood Education and Care department is dedicated to offering quality educational programs to adults who want to work with young children in group settings.

These programs are offered in a flexible mode of delivery through distance education that meets the needs of adults who cannot attend a typical full-day program.

Student acceptance into the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) program is contingent on previous academic achievement, health assessment, references, and personal suitability, as shown by responses to a questionnaire. The ECEC program encourages students from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Completion of the ECEC program is the first step in becoming a Certified Early Childhood Educator in British Columbia. For information on additional requirements, please see the Ministry of Education and Childcare webpage.

For program information and course descriptions visit the Early Childhood Education and Care Program Page

Do you have questions regarding the program? Please contact the ECEC/EA office by email at ece-ea-office@nlc.bc.ca

Application Information
ECEC Application information - see Programs page

NLC Application for Admissions Form

ECEC Entrance Questionnaire

Application for Writing Assessment

Transfer Credit Application

2022–23 ECEC Annual Course Offerings

2022–23 ECEC Course Price List

NLC eCRC Information and Instructions






Important Information

Payment Through Online Banking

Link to Standard Student Forms

Sponsorship Information

Consent for Release of Confidential Information






Winter 2023 term registration is Closed! Students can find their time tickets provided by the Registrar's office in the student's Borealis app. Students may register anytime after their stated time ticket date/time. Steps to find the time ticket in Borealis can be found here. Remember, it is first-come, first-serve for seats in the course offerings, so seats can fill up fast if you delay in registering.

If you do not have a time ticket posted in your Borealis, please email ece-ea-office@nlc.bc.ca. Additional 'step-by-step' information for registering is below.

The deposit for your course(s) for each term is $275.00 (for 1-5 courses); this amount will save your seat in each course and also be applied to the full tuition amount. The remaining amount of tuition and fees is required to be paid by the first day of class or prior.

PLEASE NOTE: Every Student must have a valid CRC on file with NLC prior to registering in their courses or adding their name to a waitlist. The CRC is now a prerequisite to the courses in the ECEC Diploma program.


Need help with registration? The Registration Guide will answer

most of your questions, but if you need further help email: studenthelp@nlc.bc.ca

Textbook List and Order Form 

Courses Requiring Access to Children

Financial Awards and Bursaries

Education Pathways



















If you are a current NLC ECEC student and need support with planning your practicum,
please contact the Practicum Advisor at: ECECPracticaPlanning@nlc.bc.ca. If you are not a
current student and have general questions about practicum, please email: ece-ea-office@nlc.bc.ca


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

For more information on Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), please contact the ECEC/EA office at ece-ea-office@nlc.bc.ca