Certificate of Completion | Online

In this 10-week micro-credential, students will be introduced to the field of early childhood education and the basic knowledge and skills as a stepping stone to future studies and work in an early years and child care setting. The program will include 8 weeks of learning and a 2-week placement in the field. The 2022-2023 intakes for this program are offered at no cost to domestic students and permanent residents (see Fees for details).


OSSD or Mature Student Status


  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 family studies (C), (U), or (M)
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Field Placement

Field placements are an important component of the program. Agencies will require students to have additional medical and non-medical documents prior to the completion of any community based placement.  Required documentation includes:

  • a vulnerable sector check
  • health documentation (up-to-date immunization, Two-step TB test, freedom from communicable disease)
  • Field certifications - Bill 18 requirements   

During the Pre-ECE program, students will complete three non-academic training sessions, including: 

  • First Aid and CPR
  • Food Handler / Safety 
  • Workplace Health and Safety

Furthering Your Studies

Students who complete Pre-ECE qualify for advanced standing toward a Field placements in our Early Childhood Education diploma programs (ECADECEP).


Certificate Requirements

In order to obtain the Certificate of Completion, the following courses must be completed:

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
ECE 1600Intro to Child Development1
ECE 1601How Does Learning Happen?1
ECE 1602Intro to Early Years1
ECE 1603Communication Skills for Child Care1
ECE 1604Children with Exceptionalities1
ECE 1605Placement Preparedness Seminar1
ECE 1606Pre-ECE Placement2


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

The Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 tuition and ancillary fees are paid in full by the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB).

  • The 2022-2023 intakes for this program are offered at no cost to domestic students and permanent residents.
  • Additional training is fully funded for the Fall 2022 and the Winter 2023 sessions.  
  • The field placement is paid and the costs associated with required documentation for placements are available for reimbursement. 

Program Delivery

This Pre-Early Childhood Education program is scheduled for two deliveries for the 2022-23 Academic Year:

IntakeStart DateEnd Date
FALL 2022October 11December 16
WINTER 2023January 9March 17

Most courses are delivered online asynchronously. Your professor shares learning resources and activities with you in a flexible way. The Placement Preparedness Seminar will be delivered synchronously online which will require your participation in the class at a specific time once per week. The Placement and some non-academic training will require in-person participation. You will be responsible for meeting all course requirements, dates and deadlines as posted within the syllabus.


Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.