5 Reasons to join NSCECE’s ECE program

  1. NSCECE has 50 years of experience training professional Early Childhood Educators.
  2. An NSCECE diploma can open doors for rewarding careers in childcare centers, family resource centers, pre-primary programs in public schools, family home daycares, etc.
  3. Over 95% of our graduates seeking ECE employment are hired upon graduation.
  4. Because NSCECE is a privately funded institution, tuition is less than other institutions.
  5. NSCECE graduates can transfer 6.5 credits to Mount Saint Vincent University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies.

PLUS: The program meets the current guidelines for ECE in Canada.

NSCECE provides a two-year diploma in Early Childhood Education. The program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The updated Program of Studies includes course descriptions for students interested in the two-year diploma program. For students who began before the academic year 2012-2013, please consult your original program of studies.

NSCECE also offers evening courses, independent study, PLAR, and upgrading from a 1-year diploma to a 2-year diploma.


Course Exemptions

If you have successfully completed relevant courses at other post-secondary institutions, and have a final grade of 70% or higher you may be eligible for course exemptions. Bring the transcript and course outlines from your previous college and/or university and present them to the Registrar or Executive Director for review. Appropriate forms must be completed and filed with the college Registrar. Course exemptions will not affect student tuition.


Semester I

  • COM 100 — Communications
  • ECE 101— Child Growth & Development
  • ECE 113 — Play: Pedagogy & Curriculum
  • ECE 127 — Health, Safety, And Nutrition
  • ECE 147 — Child Guidance I: Strategies & Approaches

Semester II

  • ECE 201 — Foundations Of Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 203 — Play: Extending Experiences
  • ECE 212 — Play: Creative Arts
  • ECE 211— Observation & Authentic Assessment
  • ECE 229 — Welcoming Families In All Their Diversity
  • ECE 205 — Practicum II

Semester III

  • ECE 306— Inclusion: Relationships & Environments
  • ECE 307 — Child Guidance Ii: Social Emotional Learning
  • ECE 312 — Professional Identity & Interpersonal Skills
  • ECE 313 — Responsive Caregiving: Early & Middle Childhood
  • ECE 323 — Play: Physical Literacy
  • ECE 305 — Practicum III

Semester IV

  • ECE 406 — Inclusion: Supports & Interventions
  • ECE 407 — Play: Literacy & Numeracy
  • ECE 418— Emergent Curriculum & Pedagogical Documentation
  • ECE 425 — administration & management
  • ECE 409 — Play: Environment As Teacher
  • ECE 405 — Practicum IV

Admissions Process…6 Easy Steps

  1. Complete an application form.
  2. Submit a $25 administration fee (non-refundable) / $75 for international students.
  3. Submit a transcript (Grade 12 or GED).
  4. Attend an Information Session.
  5. Pass both a Vulnerable Sector Check and a Child Abuse Registry Check.
  6. Provide two (2) character references documenting 25 hours of experience working with children and detailing your emotional maturity and suitability for this work – Character Reference Letter Template.

Please Note: Application forms, transcripts and other supporting documentation will become the property of the College and will not be returned to the applicant.

Alternative Assessment Protocol

This is the alternative Assessment protocol for students applying to NSCECE whose Grade 12 transcripts do not convey the words “This student has successfully met the graduation requirement for the province of Nova Scotia” at the bottom of their High School Transcripts, or has an IPP course designation – please refer to the alternative assessment protocol.

The admission process involves:

  1. Apply with completed NSCECE application, high school transcript and $25 registration fee.
  2. NSCECE Admissions Procedure:
    • Attend an Info Session.
    • Successfully complete NSCECE questionnaire.
    • Successfully complete reading comprehension exercise.
    • Participate in small group discussion.
    • Pass both a Vulnerable Sector Check and a Child Abuse Registry Check.
    • Provide two (2) character references documenting 25 hours of experience working with children and detailing your emotional maturity and suitability for this work.
  3. If the applicant has a disability and would need accommodations, they will need to fill the Accommodation Request Form with the Student Success Counsellor and provide a recent letter (within the past five years) from a health professional describing the accommodations required. The letter does not need to disclose any diagnosis or disability; however, it needs to be clear about the student’s needs.

International Students:

Grade 12 transcript and supporting documents must be in English or have an English translation attached. If English is not your first language submit documentation of English proficiency. Please refer to ESL Requirements.

Acceptable Transcripts:

  • Grade 12 transcript
  • GED

Next Steps?

After you have applied to NSCECE, a representative will contact you and invite you to attend an information session. If this is not geographically possible, an online interview will be arranged.

Once admissions criteria have been met, applicants will be notified, in writing, of their status.

Registration Process

  • Upon acceptance, applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of $200 to be applied towards tuition; non-payment will forfeit the application and result in the application being canceled.
  • Accepted applicants will receive a welcome package with registration information, class schedule, tuition payment arrangements, academic calendar, textbook list, medical form, etc.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the Registrar if they will be unable to submit payments within the specified time frame.
  • In the event of a fee increase, students will be required to pay the new rate.
  • Accepted applicants will be allowed to defer their acceptance for one year. The applicant must request a deferral in writing.
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Last updated July 11, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
2 years
6,106 CAD
Full-time Domestic Tuition $6,106.00 (per academic year). Full-time International Tuition $8,106.00 (per academic year). Additional fees may apply.
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End Date
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