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Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

Diploma 77 weeks

The Early Learning and Child Care diploma program at CDI College is the right place to get the theoretical and practical skills you need to start a career in child care.

In the program, you'll learn through a combination of lectures, group discussions, hands-on practical experience, video presentations, and guest speakers. You will gain the important skills all early childhood educators need, including learning about child development, play, communication and child/family/community relations, and program planning.

Upon graduation, you'll be ready to support the healthy development of children through child-centred learning practices.

This program meets the instructional and practicum hours set by Alberta Children's Services. Graduates of this diploma program will meet the program requirements to obtain the Early Childhood Educator certification through Alberta Children's Services.

Throughout the program, students participate in two practicum placements in different environments, totalling 760 hours. The practica ensure that once you graduate, you will be ready to start your new career.

There is no Prior Learning or Transfer Credit available for this program. The ELCC Program is not transferable to other Alberta post-secondary institutions.


Total Program Hours: 1545    
Program Weeks: 77
Domestic Tuition: $12,221.64 
Books/Materials/E-Resources: $1,737.00
Total: $13,958.64

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  • Edmonton City Centre, AB

The program itself, the instructor, and my classmates have helped me grow so much emotionally and psychologically. I have learned to know myself and to go beyond my limits.

Jessica G., Early Learning and Child Care Graduate
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