Early Childhood Education – Diploma


Become a leader in Early Childhood Education

The SaskPolytech Early Childhood Education Diploma builds on the knowledge, attitudes and skills developed in the ECE certificate program. You will further enhance your knowledge by studying expanded theory in the classroom. You will also have opportunities to demonstrate your increased skill and independence in a variety of child care situations during practicums.

Parkland College currently offers the ECE Certificate and Diploma program on a part-time basis in Fort Qu’Appelle and at the Main Campus in Yorkton. This program meets the licence requirement ECE III classification of the Child Care Regulations, 2001, Early Learning and Child Care branch, Ministry of Education.

Why Parkland College?

“The best thing about Parkland College is the small class sizes and my instructor’s ability to make learning fun.

I would recommend the College because it is a great learning atmosphere.”

– Laura

Schedule & Tuition

Schedule & Tuition

If you have completed the Early Childhood Education Certificate and are interested in further enhancing your leadership, programming and management skills, the Diploma program is your answer. Diploma courses scheduled on demand.

Diploma Courses

Time: Wednesdays 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. / Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus, Yorkton, SK

Course Name Dates Offered in 2019-20 Location Tuition Materials
ECE 201 – Program Planning for ECE Sep 11, 14, 18, 25, 28, Oct 5, 9 Yorkton $400 $200 (approx.)
ECE 202 – Programming for Infants & Toddlers Oct 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, Nov 2, 6, 13 Yorkton $400 $275 (approx.)
PD 240 – Professionalism in ECE Nov 20, 23, 30, Dec 4, 11, 14, 18 Yorkton $375 $75 (approx.)
SPSY 279 – Diverse Abilities 1 Jan 8, 11, 15, 22, 25, 29, Feb 5, 12 Yorkton $400 $230 (approx.)
SPSY 289 – Diverse Abilities 2 Feb 26, 29, Mar 4, 11, 14, 18, 25, Apr 1 Yorkton $400 $20 (approx.)
ECE 226 – Program Planning for School Age Children Apr 8, 22, 25, 29, May 6, 13, 20 Yorkton $375 $180 (approx.)
*Tuition costs and dates are subject to change up to 3 months prior to delivery.*


ADMN 204 Administrative Skills for Early Childhood Educators
COMM 294 Teamwork Skills
ECE 200 Play Environments
ECE 201 Program Planning for Early Childhood Education Programs
ECE 202 Programming for Infants and Toddlers
ECE 220 Anti-Bias Education in Early Childhood
ECE 221 Observation and Assessment
ECE 226 Programming for School Age Children
HUMD 200 Child Guidance 2
PD 240 Professionalism in Early Childhood Education
PRAC 244 Practicum 3
PRAC 245 Practicum 4
SPSY 279 Children with Diverse Abilities 1
SPSY 289 Children with Diverse Abilities 2
Important Notes

Important Notes

  • Passing requirements in all courses is 60%.
  • Criminal Record Check: A criminal record check will be required prior to practicum placement. It is at the discretion of the agency whether a student with a criminal record will be allowed to participate in a practicum. All costs associated with the criminal record check are the responsibility of the student.
  • Immunization Record: A immunization record will be required prior to practicum placement. To obtain a copy of your immunization records, contact your local public health office. You may require your immunization to be updated. All costs associated with vaccines will be the responsibility of the student.
Future Study Options

Future Study Options

Parkland College offers several more options in this field that may enhance your employability. These certificates and/or diplomas can add to your existing credentials and prepare you for the world of work. Qualified graduates may be eligible to receive nine credit hours in the Bachelor of Education degree program in Elementary education at the University of Regina. For more information on the options available please use the links below:

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment as child care professionals in group care and education settings with children from birth to age 12. Graduates have found employment as:

  • child care centre directors
  • early childhood educators
  • educational associates
  • family home providers
  • family support workers
  • inclusion coordinators
  • nannies
  • preschool teachers

Admission Requirements

  • Early Childhood Education Certificate.
  • English Language Requirement.

Important Notes:

  • PLAR/Transfer Credit: For those with previous work, training or life skills related to this program, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.  To learn more about PLAR availability, visit the Saskatchewan Polytechnic website.


International students please email international@saskcolleges.ca

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Dale Holstein


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Last Updated: February 27, 2020