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Early Childhood Education Working Towards Your Diploma (2021-2024)

Program Start: 1 September 2022
Application Deadline: 31 August 2022
Location: Tisdale
Credit Granting Institution: Sask Polytech


Young children making the transition from home to child care or preschool need an enthusiastic, positive role model. They need someone dedicated to encouraging learning and growth. They need … you.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Early Childhood Education (ECE) program gives you the knowledge and skills you need to work in a variety of childcare settings.

Our “Working Toward Your Diploma” program is part of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's ECE Diploma program and is offered on a course-by-course basis.

Become a Level III Early Childhood Educator

When you graduate from the ECE diploma you are eligible to apply to become a licensed Level III Early Childhood Educator (ECE) through the Government of Saskatchewan. If you plan on becoming a licensed child care Centre Director, you must have your Ministry ECE Level III certification. If you are interested in going further, you will be able to transfer some of your credits to the University of Regina's or the University of Saskatchewan’s Bachelor of Education degree program in Elementary Education.


  • To qualify you must have
    • Grade 12 with English A and B 30 or pass an Accuplacer test with the required score.
    • English Language Requirement
    • These are required and there is no longer an Unclassified acceptance to this program.


  • You need to apply to the ECE Working Towards Your Diploma program by completing an online application form, plus your high school and any post-secondary transcripts, sent to:

Sarah Haidey, Registrar
Cumberland College
Box 2320
Melfort, SK S0E 1A0
Fax: 306-752-3484
Contact by Email

  • You may come into this program even if you already have some of the courses listed.
  • You must be committed to attending classes on the listed dates. 
  • The number of class hours are based on the credit hours and credit units.


  • This diploma program will be delivered over multiple years with a revolving schedule of repeating classes so students can apply at any time and upon acceptance can register for classes on a part-time basis. 
  • First a student must apply, then upon acceptance letter will be able to register and pay for classes online.
  • There is space for 15 students in each module. 
  • Spots will be secured with a paid registration.
  • Registrations will close 1 week before the start date of the module.
  • For each module, there will be at least 3 days where you will have face-to-face classes and there will be at least 4 days of virtual classes you will need to attend. 
  • BOOKS - you are responsible to order your books from the Saskpoly bookstore.  We suggest you order books at least 2 weeks before your class starts.  More details to follow in July.
  • CANCELLATIONS:  If you choose not to take a course you must cancel 3 business days or more before the course starts to receive a refund.  If you cancel less than 3 business days before no refund will be received.
  • Should you have any questions about program delivery - please contact the Program Coordinator - Sabrina Lebel 
  • For planning your courses,  please contact our Advisor -


The modules for the academic year of 2022-2023 are still being determined, they will be posted here by June 2022. Module registrations will begin in July of 2022.

Early Childhood Education Working Towards Your Diploma allows registration in the following courses

(ECE 107) Effective Relationships in Early Childhood Environments

You will study and practice positive skills to develop effective relationships in ECE environments. This course provides opportunities to identify personal strengths and practice conflict resolution skills. You will build competence in using technology as an effective means of communication in early childhood environments.

(ECE 108) Curriculum Design in Early Childhood Education 1

You will plan a quality curriculum for children using a holistic approach while responding to their ideas and play. You will apply the main components of developing curriculum and practice preparing developmentally appropriate and open-ended experiences for children.

(ECE 181) Observation and Documentation 1

You will acquire skills in observing and documenting children’s play and development as a foundation for responsive programming.

(HUMD 102) Growth and Development of Young Children

You will study the developmental milestones from conception through the stages of infancy, toddlerhood to age five. The course provides an introduction to the theories of learning and personality, brain development and methods of studying human behavior, including indigenous world views. You will learn about the effects of heredity and the environment, including culture, on the emotional, social, cognitive and physical development of children and behavior.

(PD 100) Professionalism 1

You will explore and build employability skills needed to become an effective early childhood educator. You will reflect on and practice supportive behaviors required when working in a diverse environment with colleagues, children and their families and outside professionals. You will learn about knowledge, skills and disposition of a well-qualified early childhood educator.

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