If you love helping young children learn and thrive, Early Childhood Education at the University of the Fraser Valley provides the knowledge and training you need to build a rewarding career, while making a real difference in the lives of families.
The need for early childhood educators is growing, notes Georg Melzer, MEd., with UFV’s Child, Youth and Family Studies Department.
The region’s high cost of living means more parents are returning to work earlier, so the need for educators with infant-specific training is also growing.
“There’s lots of work, and if you want to make a difference in children’s lives, having the knowledge to do that is important,” Melzer says.
It starts with a good foundation
First steps for ECE certification involves the four-semester-long Early Childhood Education certificate program, which offers an excellent foundation for those wanting to pursue a career working with young children.
Starting on alternating Septembers at the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses, the program features comprehensive education exploring everything from child development to communication skills, and two 200-hour practicums, providing work experience and industry contacts.
Take your education further
To take your studies further, allowing you to specialize in working with infants or children with special needs, UFV also offers the year-long Early Childhood Education diploma program, beginning each September at the Abbotsford campus. The diploma program is offered one evening a week, allowing students to continue to work in the field, while attending school.
Both programs are eligible for financial aid.
One of the real benefits of Early Childhood Education studies at UFV is the opportunity to transfer course credits to other fields of study, such as working in the public school system. While ECE courses from private institutions are not transferable, “with our programs there’s the flexibility to do that,” Melzer says.
The comprehensive training is also vital for those hoping to open their own home-based childcare business, he adds.
Employers are happy to welcome UFV’s graduates to their team. “Employers want to hire our grads because of the quality education we provide,” Melzer notes.
Want to make a difference?
Learn more about the University of the Fraser Valley’s Early Education Program today at ufv.ca/child-youth-family-studies or call 604-854-4580.