Elementary Education

Now accepting applications - Deadline March 1, 2018

The Department of Elementary Education is now accepting applications for admission to the new online Early Childhood Education University Certificate for start in Summer 2018. Please note that all incoming students are required to take their first course in Summer term 2018, beginning in July.

Before you apply, please read the Admission Requirements to make sure you meet the minimum criteria. Failure to meet the minimum requirements will result in withdrawal of your application from consideration.

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate program is a for-credit certificate program in the Faculty of Education for professionals seeking specialization in early childhood education. The program consists of five Early Childhood courses for a total of 15 credits.

Delivered online, with no local residency requirement, this flexible and affordable part-time program is designed to meet your professional and academic goals and fit into your busy life. Small student cohorts, admitted every year, ensure that you will receive individualized, quality instruction from professors.

Please note, completion of the ECE Certificate program does not qualify an individual for a teaching certificate. Applicants who do not currently hold a teaching certificate will not receive one upon completion of this program.

Why Choose Us?

When you join UAlberta’s Faculty of Education, you are joining one of the world’s top faculties of education, ranked among the top 50 faculties of education in the world and top four in Canada. We are home to award-winning teachers, internationally recognized researchers, educational innovators, and community leaders.

Developed in consultation with Alberta Education the ECE Certificate program responds to the Government of Alberta’s commitment to high quality early childhood development and education.

This program addresses the provincial need for more teachers and other educators working with young children with a specialization in early childhood education. It is grounded in research that clearly indicates the importance of such specialized knowledge in improving the outcomes for young children.