A Career That Makes A Difference
Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education is a non-profit educational environment overseen by a Board of Directors. At the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education, we are proud to lay the foundation for the personal and professional development of our students.
NSCECE offers a two-year Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma program that is founded in several decades of research and developmentally appropriate practice. Students enrolled in the program are introduced to various courses dealing with children, families and the ECE profession and will acquire the knowledge, practices, and skills that will develop high self-esteem, independence, and beginnings of social responsibilities.
The focus of their studies will be designing, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate curriculum ideas in an effort to support the growth and development of children from infancy to age 12. The program includes 870 classroom hours and 600 practicum hours. Students requiring flexibility in their schedule may enroll in evening courses on a part-time basis.
Graduates find employment in a variety of settings, including childcare centers, schools, private home daycares, nursery schools, developmental centers. Over 95% of NSCECE graduates find ECE employment following graduation.
NSCECE graduates are not eligible to apply for a post graduate work permit upon graduation. Our international graduates can go through other streams such as Atlantic Pilot Program if they want to work and stay in Canada.
The program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Financial Assistance is available.
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In 1970, St. Joseph’s Children’s Centre established the first Atlantic Canadian Program in Early Childhood Education. The program evolved from a three-month course to a ten-month Diploma program. In May 1997, St. Joseph’s College of Early Childhood Education became a separate entity from St. Joseph’s Children’s Centre.
In 2000, in order to ensure that the Diploma was recognized across provincial borders, the program was extended to a two-year course. The Diploma Program is licensed by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
In 2008, St Joseph’s College of Early Childhood Education changed its name to Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education (NSCECE).