• 2020-2021

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Early Learning and Child Care – diploma

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Program length  

4 terms



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Total: $10,563.00

Total: $28,346.99

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  • Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
    • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
    • 60% in ESLG 1860 or ESLG 1898
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This program information is not for the current academic year. If you are interested in a program starting before July, view the current academic year of the program.

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
    • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1
    • 60% in English Language Arts 30-2
    • 60% in ESLG 1860
    • 60% in ESLG 1898

Note: Academic admission requirements are different from English language proficiency (ELP) requirements. NorQuest College English for Academic Purposes courses may be used to meet both requirements. See below for details.

Graduates of NorQuest College’s Early Learning and Child Care certificate program (or equivalent) may apply to enter directly into Year 2 of the diploma program.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If English is your second language, you must provide proof of ELP prior to admission. ELP test results must have been obtained within two years of the start date of your program.

Acceptable evidence of ELP may be one of the following test scores:

See Admissions Process for the steps to becoming a student.

If you are missing requirements for this program, you may be eligible to apply for the NorQuest Bridging to Post Secondary program.

Practicum/Work Experience Requirements

The following is not required for admission purposes, but will be required before you attend the practicum. There may be additional costs associated with completing this requirement.

  • Clear Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check. The original Police Information Check must be submitted in person, or by mail. Photocopies, faxes, scans, or emails are not accepted. See Work, Practicum, and Clinical Requirements for full details.

International students must obtain a co-op work permit before beginning the work-integrated learning component of the program. A medical exam may also be required. See Co-Op Work Permit for more information.


Students must attain a pass grade in each course to progress through the program.

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses.

Honours Criteria

  • Overall grade point average (GPA) greater than or equal to 3.7
  • The student must not have failed or repeated any courses