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Canadian post-secondary training for early childhood inclusion


Capilano College’s Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate – Special Needs
This North Vancouver, BC training program gives childcare professionals the advanced skills and knowledge to work with children who require extra support in licensed preschools and daycare centres. This certificate is part of the ECCE Diploma program.

Langara College’s Early Childhood Education: Special Education Post Basic Certificate/Citation
This Vancouver BC program gives childcare professionals the advanced skills and knowledge to work with children who require extra support in licensed preschools and daycare centres. This certificate is part of the ECCE Diploma program. This program meets the criteria for the Early Childhood Education Registry. Early Childhood Educator: Special Education Credential. This program is offered on a part-time basis in the evenings in order to be easily accessible to employed early childhood educators.

Infant Development and Supported Child Development Program
Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education-Faculty of
Education, University of British Columbia.The Infant Development/Supported Child
Care (ID/SCC) program is intended for Infant Development Consultants who work
with children requiring extra support (and their families) from birth to age
three, and for Supported Child Care Consultants who work with children requiring
extra support from birth to 12 years in child care settings.There is both a
diploma and certicate available.


Red River College’s Studies in Special Needs Child Care
In this certificate program, you will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to work effectively with children with special needs. These skills will be fundamentally embedded in an understanding of the elements critical to creating inclusive environments. You can complete this entire certificate program by Distance Education, which includes 1:1 telephone tutorials and teleconference classes facilitated by your instructor.

University of Winnipeg
The University of Winnipeg’s Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Studies (Stream C) allows part time or full time students to specialize in inclusion (or child care administration). The program is well regarded for its development of leaders in inclusive early childhood care and education and its unique articulation program with Red River College and Collège Universitaire de Saint-Boniface that allows students to complete their degree and ECE diploma in just four years of full time study. 


Conestoga College, Kitchener Ontario
Provides Post-Diploma Early Childhood Educators with the knowledge and techniques necessary to work with children who have special needs. The curriculum will focus on the inclusion of both individuals and groups.

Humber School of Health Sciences
Post Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood /Resource Consultation for Children and Families (ECE Advanced Studies in Special Needs). A post-diploma program whose graduates are qualified to be resource teachers and consultants working with children with special needs. Full time or part time programs, on site inclusive lab school facilities and ECE Resource Centre, 416- 675-6622 ext. 4099

Ryerson University

The Ryerson School of Early Childhood Education is a four year degree leading to the BA with a direct entry program for ECE Diploma grads available on a part-time as well as full-time basis. Year 4, Advanced Learning and Career Preparation, emphasizes the student as an emerging professional who is developing the perspectives and leadership capabilities that go beyond the basic professional skills. Students who plan to enter the workplace upon graduation may choose to learn more about leadership, policy-making and advocacy in the profession or to pursue in-depth knowledge of inclusive practice in the schools and early childhood programs.

Ryerson University announces a very exciting new Masters degree program through the School of Early Childhood Education with a focus on inclusion and diversity.
Download the Program Overview (PDF)

York University, Atkinson College, Faculty of Professional Studies, Division of Continuing Education
Winter 2006 - Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Infant Mental Health programs
Phone: 416-736-5616 • Fax: 416-650-8042 • dce@yorku.ca

Nova Scotia

Mount St Vincent University, Halifax
This Bachelor of Applied Arts in Child and Youth Study program prepares students for careers in a wide variety of programs and services for children, youth and families. Students may focus on early childhood/child care administration or disability/special needs.

A Master’s Degree in Child and Youth Studies has been offered since 1999. Core courses in contemporary social issues, developmental issues, leadership, and programming with a child and youth focus are required of all students. Thesis research is highly individualized.


University of Connecticut, Center for Developmental Disabilities UCEDD offers on online Early Intervention Specialist Program (EISP). The interactive, competency-based program is organized into three interactive modules: (1) Family-centered Practice, (2) Cross-disciplinary Interventions in Natural Environments and (3) Interagency Collaborations. The course is aimed at increasing the number and quality of early interventionists serving infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. In addition to course content participants complete 33 competencies and receive feedback on their knowledge and skills. Many of the competencies are embedded within the online modules. Participants will access a discussion board to share experiences and reflect on course content.

For more information please contact Melissa Van Buren, Ed.D. at 860.679.1586 or vanburen@uchc.edu


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