"I feel like I have a career now instead of just a job. I would recommend CDI to anyone looking to start a new career." - Allison E., CDI Graduate

Program Info
An early childhood education career is rewarding, fun, and dynamic. Prepare for a future working in a daycare setting with CDI College's Basic Early Childhood certificate program. By the end of the program, students will meet the requirements to obtain the Child Development Worker certification through Alberta Children And Youth Services, Child Development Branch.

The certificate program covers child development, relationships, English courses, programming and activities. Students will be taught to organize and manage lesson plans for young children, including fine arts, expressive arts, health and safety, storytelling, and self-esteem building. Interpersonal communications, organization, time management, and stress management skills are also developed.

Students participate in a 430-hour practicum in order to gain hands-on experience in a real-world childcare setting. Graduates of this program will be qualified for daycare jobs or may seek work in other child-oriented service centres.
This program is 82 weeks in length.
Job Opportunities
  • Daycares
  • Preschools
  • Community Centres
"I feel like I have a career now instead of just a job. I would recommend CDI to anyone looking to start a new career." - Allison E., CDI Graduate
Program Courses

The program outline below is for Alberta .Click here to see the outlines for Ontario, British Columbia and Québec.