Indigenous Early Childhood Education (INECE) Level 2

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Program Description

The Indigenous Early Childhood Education (INECE) Level 2 program is a six-course program with two work placements. The Level 2 program is rooted in Indigenous worldviews, perspectives, history, literature, engagement with Elders, and land-based education practices.

Students have the option in this Accelerated Level 2 Early Childhood Education program to use their prior experience and knowledge to apply for a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) assessment to obtain credit in any of the available courses. Courses will also be run independently from the PLAR process. This program will allow graduates to apply for Level 2 Certification from the Province of Saskatchewan.

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

  1. Online Study Program: Program preparation plus 6 courses, 45 hours of study time for each course.
  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 one or more of these courses through the PLAR process. Please see below for more information about the PLAR process.

Admission Requirements



  • The applicant must be at least 18 years of age
  • Successful graduate of the SIIT INECE Level 1 Program (or equivalent from a recognized institution)
  • Grade 12, Adult 12 or GED education required, or Mature Admissions
  • Must provide a current criminal record and vulnerable sector check. Upon conditional acceptance, fees will be paid by SIIT or reimbursed.

Mature Admission

  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • The applicant will be Entrance Exam tested as part of the Mature
    Admissions requirements
  • Provide an updated resume and reference letter from a current or past employer of a daycare/childcare centre (if challenging courses by PLAR)
  • Provide official transcripts if available
  • The applicant must submit a recent Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search

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).


  • COMM 131 – Interpersonal Communications
  • DEVL 140 – Child Development
  • CURR 120 – Foundations of Curriculum
  • PRAC 131 – Practicum 1
  • RELA 125 – Family and Community Relations
  • DESN 122 – Curriculum Design
  • ENVR 122 – Caring and Learning Environment
  • PRAC 132 – Practicum 2

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

Delivery Method
  • 12 hours of online instruction per week at a scheduled time with your instructor
  • 2 in person practicums (1st practicum 135 hours, 2nd practicum 150 hours)
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%.


Students will be evaluated according to the successful completion of all program components.

To graduate, students must achieve 50% in each of the courses: COMM 131, DEVL 140, CURR 120, RELA 125, DESN 122, ENVR 122 with an overall average of 60%.

PRAC 131 and PRAC 132 are pass/fail courses and must be passed in order to complete the program.

Career Path

Career Opportunities

Completing the Indigenous Early Childhood Education Level 2 program at SIIT will allow you to further your career in Early Childhood Education or pursue Post-Secondary programs in the related field. Applicants will be eligible to apply for their Saskatchewan certification in Early Childhood Education Level 2 (ECE Level 2).

PLAR – Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

You may be eligible to gain credit for INEC courses through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. It is available to students with professional experience and previous knowledge in early childhood settings. Credit for a course obtained through PLAR involves independently completing 3-6 knowledge demonstration assignments per course and reviewing related resources. You will still be required to meet with an instructor for scheduled meetings. Your program coordinator and instructor will determine if you are eligible to PLAR one or more courses. The PLAR program is not recommended for students that would benefit from attending class.

For more information, please contact the INECE coordinator on your acceptance letter, once admitted to the INECE program.

INECE program Transfer Credit: If you have gained credit for one or more level 1 ECE courses through an alternate post-secondary institution, you can transfer that credit. Transfer credit policy and guidelines apply. For more information, please reach out to the Admissions Team at 306-477-9325.

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