Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Diploma program provides an exemplary model of innovative practice and opportunities for classroom-based research where students can acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to become effective educators of young children. Areas of learning include: developing relationships with children, child development, child guidance, interpersonal relations, educational theories, designing and developing curriculum content, reflective practice, working with families and program management. Practical fieldwork experience is a component of each semester.

  • Students will earn 32 credits after successful completion of the program that will be applied to their Dogwood Diploma.
  • These courses will be recorded on the student’s transcript as grade 12 elective courses.
  • Students will be eligible for a license to practice as an Early Childhood Educator upon successful completion of the 2nd year of the program.
  • School District No. 73 covers the cost of approximately $3,700.00 of the Fall and Winter Semester tuition for the grade 12 student's 1st year of the program (subject to change). Other ancillary costs are paid by the student.

Who Attends: Any district student with a school recommendation and who meets the criteria listed in the TRU Start Application 

Date: Students attend their first year during their grade 12 year. The program involves an additional semester of study after graduation

Location:  Thompson Rivers University

Fee: All ancillary fees are the responsibility of the student. Please see application for estimated costs. Fall and Winter Semester tuition for the student's grade 12 year is paid by the School District.

Application Fee: $32.27 to be included with submission of completed application (Cheques payable to "SD73")

Application Due Date: February 1, 2024

Application: TRU Start - Early Childhood Education Application (Please print ONE-SIDED and write legibly in blue or black ink)

Students enrolled at Barriere Secondary School, Chase Secondary School, Clearwater Secondary School, or Logan Lake Elementary Secondary School may apply for the Rural Student Billet Homestay program. For more information and to express an interest, please visit here.
Expression of Interest forms are to be submitted to your school TNT Coordinator along with your program application form.

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