Essential Skills for Indigenous Early Childhood Education
Level 1

Program Description

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The Essential Skills for Indigenous Early Childhood Education Level 1 program is a Certificate of Achievement program that helps adults develop foundational literacy, life, workplace essential skills and introduction to Indigenous Early Childhood Education.

The intent of the Essential Skills for Indigenous ECE program is to:

  • Work together to make positive life changes beyond the classroom;
  • Focus learners to upgrade their skills;
  • Provide Work Essential Skills training; and
  • Provide training and certification on 3 Indigenous ECE courses.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Grade 10 or Adult 10 is preferred
  • For Mature Admissions, an Academic Assessment is required
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and out of school for at least one year
  • Must submit a recent Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector screening. Upon conditional acceptance, fees will be paid by SIIT or reimbursed.

Tuition and Fees

There is no cost to attend. For those applicants accepted into programs in Regina, Saskatoon, or Prince Albert, program staff will help you secure the Educational Training Incentive (ETI) – previously referred to as Provincial Training Allowance (PTA) – if eligible.

What to Expect

Delivery Method

This course is mostly classroom learning for six hours per day.

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate.

If you have been approved for Educational Training Incentive (ETI) you must maintain a 90% attendance to remain eligible for funding.


If you complete the Essential Skills for Indigenous Early Childhood Education program, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Career & Post-Secondary Opportunities

Completing the Essential Skills for Indigenous Early Childhood Education Level 1 program at SIIT will prepare you for a career in Early Childhood Education, or to pursue Post-Secondary programs in a related field.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply for their Saskatchewan certification in Early Childhood Education Level 1 (ECE Level 1). Those who receive their ECE Level 1 certification can work over 65 hours per month in a licensed childcare facility in Saskatchewan.

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