Indigenous Early Childhood Education (INECE) Level 1

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Program Description

Are you looking to work in Early Childhood Education or have worked in ECE, and would like to get your Saskatchewan Level 1 Certificate?

Our Indigenous Early Childhood Education program is a 3-course program that delivers the basics in Early Childhood Professional Education in alignment with provincial ECE standards.

There are two ways to obtain credit for each of the 3- courses:

1. Online Study Program: 3 courses, 45 hours study time for each course, over 4 months (March-June, 1st month program preparation).

2. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR): If you are applying to this program with previous knowledge and experience, you may be eligible to obtain credits for 1 or more of these courses through the PLAR process. PLAR stands for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition and is the process in which you demonstrate that you have previous knowledge that aligns with the learning outcomes of a course. By completing a demonstration package, guided by our PLAR facilitator, you can fast-track obtaining credit for 1 or more courses, by completing 3 exercises that demonstrate your competencies. By successfully PLAR’ing a course, you can sidestep the 45-hour study requirement, and be one step closer to completing your INECE Level 1.

Admission Requirements



  • High School Diploma, ABE 12 or GED
  • Must provide a current criminal record and vulnerable sector check

Mature Admission

  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Complete an academic assessment and achieve a Grade 11 minimum
  • Provide an updated resume
  • Provide official transcripts if available
  • Must provide a current criminal record and vulnerable sector check

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

English Language Benchmark

SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).


1. INECE 105 PLAY:
Learn how play and promoting play behaviours foster child development and learning.

2. INECE 110 Communicating and Guiding Children’s Behaviour:
Learn how to apply positive knowledge to communicate, guide, and support children in building their own communication skills.

3. INECE 115 Health, Safety and Nutrition:
Learn how to promote the health and well-being of children through your professional practice.

Tuition & Fees

This program is supported by the Government of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Advanced Education though a grant and is tuition-free for all accepted applicants.

What to Expect

Day to Day

Delivery Method
  • Online study (45 hours of in-class/independent study time)
Attendance Policy

Full time


PLAR: Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition, get credit without the full course with a demonstration of knowledge process


Certificate of achievement INECE from SIIT

Career Path

Career Opportunities

This achievement certificate supports the registration of Saskatchewan ECE Level 1 certification enabling you to work more than 65 hrs per month in a registered Early Childhood Education setting.

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