Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Certificate program is designed for students who desire to work as child care assistants in pre-schools, nursery schools, Headstart programs, and other Child and Family resource facilities.

MITT is pleased to announce the launch of our Early Childhood Education Diploma program, beginning Fall 2018 (August start).

The last intake for the Early Childhood Education Certificate program is Winter 2018 (January start). 

International Student

At A Glance

  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credential
  • work practicum
  • apprenticeship
  • Tuition Fees
    $14,100.00 (2017/18)
  • additional supplies
    $50.00 (approx.; purchased by student)
  • additional student fees
    $162.00 infrastructure/technology; $50.00 MITT Award Fund
A supply list will be provided at time of registration.
* Tuition fees may be subject to change.

Start Dates

Next start dates:

  • January 8, 2018 - Applications have been closed (updated November 17)


Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have a high school diploma (or expected completion within 45 days of the program start date), including:

  • Grade 12 Math (40S), or equivalent; and
  • Grade 12 English Language Arts (40S), or equivalent.

Applicants must also have:

  • English Language Proficiency (if educated outside Canada)

For further information regarding entrance requirements please refer to the application/admission process.

Before the start of this program, international students will be required to complete Introduction to College and Work, a four-week preparatory program designed to help transition students successfully to the cultural, technical, and work expectations of Canadian post-secondary and workplace environments. Please see the Introduction to College and Work program page for more information. 


A complete supply list will be provided at time of registration.


In just one year, this certificate program will build your understanding and knowledge of child development, guiding techniques, and play-based curriculum including art, music and literature for young children. Once in the program you will gain hands-on experience through our 2 practicums as we connect you with early learning and childcare facilities. These practicums are a valuable component that will provide you with the opportunity to experience a variety of children’s programs while also practising your own skills and interactions with children.

As a graduate, you will be able to work as Child Care Assistant.

Core Tasks

  • Design and lead learning games and activities
  • Consult with parents about their children’s development
  • Use arts, crafts, and music to help children learn
  • May specialize in teaching children with disabilities
  • Establish and maintain routines for children
  • Maintaining healthy environments

For a detailed list of the tasks performed in this occupation, go to:


Personal Characteristics / MITT Work Skills

Employers are looking for both technical and employability / essential skills.
MITT focuses on teaching and providing opportunities to develop the following skills:

  • Personal Skills
  • People Skills
  • Applied Knowledge
  • Workplace Skills

More information about Essential skills can be found at: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/es_all-eng.do

Early Childhood Educators often possess the following attributes and abilities:

  • Enjoy working with children
  • Communication skills
  • Experience is an asset
  • First aid and CPR
  • Clear criminal record check and child abuse registry check

Work Practicum

The practicum component provides students the opportunity to see a variety of children’s programs and delivery and also the opportunity to practice and master their own skills and interactions with children. Students will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry check prior to being allowed on practicum.

MITT does not guarantee practicum placements and, in such situations, the Institute will explore alternative options for program completion with a student.

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