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Early Childhood Education Diploma


Earn an Early Childhood Education Diploma at Thompson Rivers University

The Early Childhood Education Diploma program at Thompson Rivers University provides innovative opportunities for classroom-based research and hands-on field work experience so students can acquire the teaching skills to become effective educators of young children.

Quick Facts

Duration: 2 years
Intake: September
Tuition Fee: C$9,177 per semester
Location: Kamloops, Canada

Areas of learning include: developing relationships with children, child development, child guidance, interpersonal relations, educational theories, designing and developing curriculum content, reflective practice, working with families, and program management.

Practical fieldwork experience is a component of each semester. With a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience in early childhood care and education, graduates are able to work effectively with co-workers and children to become strong advocates for children and families.

Courses included:

  • Child Guidance
  • Interpersonal Relations – Communications
  • Child Health
  • Curriculum Development
  • Interpersonal Relations – Helping Interactions
  • Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs

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Before coming to TRU, I couldn’t even imagine how fast my life would change here. TRU gave
me all the opportunities I was looking for to unearth my true potential. I’ve met people from
various parts of the world, gained real-world work experience and most importantly, I have
learned more about myself. Being a part of the TRU community has been one of the most
meaningful and rewarding experiences in my life. One of the best things I did in my program
was my co-op. I put my learning into direct practice right away and that helped me secure a full
time position after I graduated.

Tatiana Fedotova, Events Co-ordinator


Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Diploma program at Thompson Rivers University embark on rewarding careers in half- or full-day child care programs, family child care, Head Start programs, Strong Start programs, and other child care facilities.