Indigenous Early Childhood Education (INECE) Level 1
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The Indigenous Early Childhood Education (ECE) Level 1 program is a three-course program that delivers the basics in Early Childhood Professional Education in alignment with provincial ECE standards. This program includes three core Level 1 ECE courses rooted in Indigenous worldviews, perspectives, history, literature, engagement with Elders, and land-based education practices.
There are two ways to obtain credit for each of the three courses as part of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Level 1 program:
- Online Study: This program is suited for those who are currently working in or are interested in working either full-time or part-time in a childcare facility. This online program includes 3 courses – 5 hours of study time for each course, over 4 months.
- Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR): If you have one or more years of experience working in a childcare facility within the last five years, you may be eligible to obtain credits for one or more of these courses through the PLAR process. For more information, please reach out to the Admissions Team at 306-477-9325.
- Grade 10 or Mature Admission
- Must provide a current criminal record and vulnerable sector check. Upon conditional acceptance, fees will be paid by SIIT or reimbursed.
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- Complete an academic assessment and achieve a Grade 10 minimum
- Provide an updated resume (if challenging courses by PLAR)
- Provide official transcripts if available
- Must provide a current criminal record and vulnerable sector check
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).
This program includes core Level 1 ECE courses rooted in Indigenous worldviews, perspectives, history, literature, engagement with Elders, and land-based education practices.
- INECE 105 Play:
Learn how play and promoting play behaviours foster child development and learning.
- INECE 110 Guiding Children’s Behaviour:
Learn how to apply positive knowledge to communicate, guide, and support children in building their own communication skills.
- 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 through a grant and is tuition-free for all accepted applicants.
What to Expect
Day to Day
- Online study (45 hours per course of online instruction in addition to independent study time)
- PLAR: Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (Independent Study – approximately 10 to 12 hours per week)
Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate. For this program, the attendance requirement is 90%.
If you complete this program, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement from SIIT.
The Certificate of Achievement received for completing this program supports the registration of Saskatchewan ECE Level 1 certification, enabling you to work more than 65 hours per month in a registered Early Childhood Education setting.