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2016/17 Early Childhood Education Diploma Program (ECEP)

About the Program

The ECEP is a two-year post-secondary, accredited diploma program that prepares students with the knowledge and skills to develop and deliver quality Early Childhood Education in Nunavut. The program enhances the workplace three-fold: by providing graduates with professional credentials to work in the child development field; by improving essential childcare services for working families; and by improving the opportunities for success in school and life for generations of Nunavut children.

Students study early childhood education based on:

  • a child centred focus
  • play based curriculum
  • child development theories
  • guidance techniques
  • communication skills
  • family and community relations
  • professionalism
  • an emergent curriculum approach building on the interests of children, families and community

Length of Program

Two years; full time


Nunatta Campus

Admission Requirements

Applicants wishing to apply to this program must:

  • hold a High School Diploma or General Education Development equivalent
  • pass a Criminal Reference Check and Vulnerable Sector Check

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by May 15, 2016.

Do you need financial assistance? You may be eligible for the Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students (FANS) and Adult Learning and Training Support (ALTS) programs. The deadline for FANS and ALTS applications is July 15.

For more information on how to apply, visit your local campus or Community Learning Centre. You can also e-mail the Registrar's Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone toll-free: at 1-866-979-7222.

Record of Achievement

Early Childhood Education Diploma, Nunavut Arctic College

Credit Transfer Opportunities

Graduates have the option to continue their post-secondary education in Early Childhood Education through a partnership with a degree-granting institution.

Employment Opportunities

There is an urgent need to build capacity in Nunavut’s Early Childhood Education field. The need for childcare services continues to grow as Nunavut has the highest rate of population growth in Canada and the highest number of young children per capita. Working families with young children require quality childcare.

Completion of this program will allow graduates to gain the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to qualify for employment in:

  • licensed childcare centres, preschool programs, public health and schools

Course Outline

Click here to download course outline for this program (PDF).

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