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5 required courses (75 hours)


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Complete in 4 months, or up to 3 years

The Bridge to Early Learning and Child Care Extension Certificate offers an educational online pathway for English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners considering a career working with children and families in Alberta in child care, preschool, school age care, family child care, or nanny positions. Those currently working in early learning and child care in Alberta may be interested in the micro-credential courses for professional development.

Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program Approved: Each of the micro-credential courses are approved under the workshop category (all levels) for Professional Development funding at $215 and a maximum of 15 hours of Release Time for those working in licensed child care programs. Refer to the Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program website to confirm if you are eligible.

International EAL learners considering an early learning certificate, diploma or degree would benefit from completing the micro-credential courses as an introduction to early learning and child care in Alberta.
Note: The courses are not transferable to other post-secondary institutions through the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer.

The program consists of five, 15 hour online micro-credential courses that provide an overview of early learning practices in Alberta. Courses include content that incorporates the flight Alberta curriculum framework concepts, intercultural and Indigenous perspectives together with an exploration of the role of the early childhood educator. The program incorporates English language and cultural competencies as a bridge within the early childhood educator core topic areas.

Learners must demonstrate English Language Proficiency in one of the following ways:

International learners should self-test their English Language Proficiency by completing a Knowledge Self-Test. A knowledge self- test can allow learners to gauge their own ability. Learners can do this by completing the “Take an English Quiz” button listed on the LEAP website. Alternatively, learners can also test their English Language Proficiency through the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks website, which will prompt learners to take a free assessment to self-assess their English as a Second Language.


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Each course in the Bridge to Early Learning and Child Care Extension Certificate is a designated micro-credential offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education. Our micro-credentials enable you to develop and demonstrate specific skills that today’s employers need. Complete a micro-credential course to earn a digital badge that you can share online so employers can verify your achievement. Learn more.

Highlights and benefits

Become career-ready | Prepare for a career as an early childhood educator

Earn a recognized credential | Complete all five micro-credentials to earn the Bridge to Early Learning and Child Care Extension Certificate

Earn a digital badge | For each micro-credential completed, earn a digital badge through MyCreds™ to verify your demonstrated knowledge and skills

Real-world knowledge | Learn from experienced professionals

Online delivery | Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, and complete this program from anywhere

 Information session

Interested in learning more about our Bridge to Early Learning and Child Care? Speak with program staff and instructors, and have your questions answered. Join us for a free virtual information session on Tuesday, Apr 16, 2024, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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Course schedule by semester

(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
Introduction to Early Learning and Care in Alberta ON ON  
Early Childhood Educators and a Practice of Relationships ON ON  
Early Childhood Educators and Responsive Environments ON ON ON
Early Childhood Educators Holistic Care for Self and Others ON ON  
The Professional Role of the Early Childhood Educator ON ON ON



BL: Blended (Online & Classroom)
CL: Classroom
FT: Fast Track
ON: Online
IDS: Independent Study
P: Practicum

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This schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration is available in June; Winter schedule and registration is available in November; and Spring/Summer schedule and registration is available in March.



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Funding opportunities

This program qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant and other funding opportunities. Learn more.

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