Indigenous Early Childhood Education (INECE) Advanced Certificate

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Program Description

The Indigenous Early Childhood Education Advanced Certificate program is for fully trained Early Childhood Educators who wish to attain additional knowledge and teachings rooted in Indigenous worldviews. It is a five-course program meant to support Indigenous methodologies that may not have been introduced in other Early Childhood Education programs. The program includes ways of incorporating languages into childcare settings, storytelling and the link to literacy, and an introduction to Indigenous Studies. There are also two opportunities for land-based education.

Admission Requirements



  • Completion of a Level 3 Early Childhood Education program
  • Priority is given to individuals that are currently employed in childcare settings

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).

Tuition & Fees

There is no cost to attend.

What to Expect

Length of Program

This course is 6 months in length (195 hours).

Delivery Method

This course is delivered online three times per week, in the evenings. Hours vary from 2.5 to 4 hours each day. There are also land-based education opportunities which are 3 days in duration.

Attendance Policy

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 the Indigenous Early Childhood Education Advanced Certificate program, you will receive a SIIT Certificate.


  • LAND 200 – Land-Based Learning I
  • INST 101 – Indigenous Studies
  • LANG 201 – Incorporating Indigenous Languages in Early Childhood Education Settings
  • LITR 201 – Indigenous Storytelling & Literacy Development
  • LAND 205 – Land-Based Learning II

Career & Post-Secondary Opportunities

Completing the Indigenous Early Childhood Education Advanced Certificate program will provide students with Indigenous based courses in ECE programming so that they might further their careers in an early childhood education setting. This will also provide an understanding of Early Childhood through an Indigenous lens.

Winter 2024 - Indigenous Early Childhood Education (INECE) Advanced Certificate - Online

Program Length: 5 months
Start Date: 01/22/2024
Division: Health and Community Studies
Campus: Other
Location: Online - Indigenous Early Childhood Education Advanced Certificate
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