Early Childhood Education (Part-time studies)

School of Human Services and Community Safety Certificate

Program Overview

Note: This page is for those students in the former Certificate in ECE who were admitted to the program by June 30, 2020. Students admitted after July 1, 2020 should go to the Part time ECE Diploma page for courses.

See Early Childhood Education diploma.

Present students can contact the student advisors for ECE :

Marilyn Philipchuk
Saskatoon Campus | Avenue W Centre

Shelann Bundus
Regina Campus

Role of Play (ECE 106) has been re-named to  Dynamics of Play 1 (ECE 106) 

Young children making the transition from home to child care or preschool need an enthusiastic, positive role model. They need someone dedicated to encouraging learning and growth. They need … you.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's one-year Early Childhood Education (ECE) certificate program gives you the knowledge and skills you need to work in a variety of child care settings. You can take the program in Prince Albert, Regina or Saskatoon , through regional colleges around the province, or through distance learning wherever you live.

The ECE program integrates current research on early childhood education into all of your courses. You’ll develop strong communication, observation and documentation skills. You’ll receive well-rounded training in:

  • child and adolescent development
  • child guidance techniques
  • role of early childhood educators
  • role of play in programming
  • values and practice of early childhood education
  • programming for creative arts, language, cognitive, social and emotional development

The emphasis on observation and documentation is market-driven—these are essential to building positive relationships with families, and employers are eager to hire grads with well-developed skills.

Working with Children

You’ll interact with young children throughout your program, thanks to Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s partnerships with community and campus child care centres. Saskatoon students also have access to a unique learning opportunity—10% of all your courses are based on work in our Early Childhood Demonstration Centre.

At the end of your first and second semesters, you’ll also participate in practicums (i.e., 4 weeks and 6 weeks), in a child care or preschool setting. This real-world learning gives you a competitive edge in the workforce.

Want to Open More Doors?

When you graduate, you’re eligible to apply to become a licensed Level II Early Childhood Educator (ECE). Many child care centres and preschools only hire licensed ECEs. You can also go on to earn a diploma in Early Childhood Education with one more year of study. Or, you can transfer some of your credits to the University of Regina’s Bachelor of Education degree program in Elementary Education.

If you have been admitted into the Early Childhood Education program prior to June 30, 2020 please view these course options.

View Program Information

Part-time students may take the following courses prior to admission, but must apply and be accepted to the program thereafter, in order to graduate and receive a credential: COMM 291, ECE 106, ECE 142, EMPL 180, HUMD 100, and HUMD 183.


Interpersonal Communications (COMM-291)
Introduction to Early Childhood Education (ECE-100)
Dynamics of Play 1 (ECE-106)
Health, Safety and Nutrition (ECE-142)
Observation and Documentation 1 (ECE-181)
Child and Adolescent Development (HUMD-100)
Child Guidance 1 (HUMD-183)
Practicum 1 (PRAC-104)
Roles and Values of the Early Childhood Educator (ECE-101)
Programming for Creative Arts Development (ECE-102)
Programming for Language Development (ECE-103)
Programming for Cognitive Development (ECE-104)
Programming for Social and Emotional Development (ECE-105)
Employability Skills (EMPL-180)
Practicum 2 (PRAC-105)