Accelerated (PLAR) Early Childhood Education Diploma
Together with the NSCC and the NSCECE, the Department is pleased to announce additional spaces for staff with Entry Level, School Age Approval, or Level 1 Classifications to pursue an Accelerated (PLAR) Early Childhood Education Diploma while they work.
- EECD provides full funding for tuition, books, and student fees charged by the institution.
- Earn your diploma in a shortened time frame of 16 – 23 months, depending on your experience.
- A rigorous Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process allows you to be exempt from 50 - 75% of program requirements.
- The program consists of online courses and workplace practicums so you can continue to work while studying.
The following institutions deliver Accelerated (PLAR) programs:
- Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education (NSCECE) - Not currently accepting applications.
- Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) - Currently accepting applications for May 2024.
To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
- Hold an Entry Level or Level 1 Classification, or School-Age Training Approval issued by EECD. Level 1 Classification only for NSCECE.
- Be employed in Nova Scotia in a licensed child care or Pre-primary program on date of application to the program, working a minimum of 15 hours per week, and have the ability to complete practicums at your place of work
- Provide written verification from your employer that
- supports your participation in the program,
- agrees to provide you a minimum of 15 hours of work per week for the duration of the program, and
- commits to supporting you in workplace practicum experiences
- Reside in Nova Scotia and have Canadian Citizenship or legal Permanent Resident status
- Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
- Be out of school (not be currently enrolled in any formal post-secondary course or program at the time of application)
- Have not have previously completed an ECE diploma
To be eligible for admission to NSCECE's PLAR Program, applicants must:
- Have at least one year of work experience in a child care or Pre-primary program in Nova Scotia, equivalent to 1,080 hours or more per year (PLAR up to 50% of program requirements)
- Have a Canadian Language Benchmark minimum score of 7 or equivalent in all categories (if English is not your first language)
To be eligible for admission to NSCC's PLAR Program, applicants must:
- Have at least one year of work experience in a child care or Pre-primary program in Nova Scotia, equivalent to 1,080 hours or more per year (PLAR up to 75% of program requirements)
- Have a Canadian Language Benchmark minimum score of 8 or equivalent in all categories (if English is not your first language)
Students who were offered a funded seat in 2022-2023 and withdrew from the PLAR program are not eligible to apply for a funded seat in 2023-2024.
Application ProcessPlease ensure you have obtained all the required information prior to beginning your application. Incomplete, or partially complete applications will not be processed, and will require re-submission to be considered.
To apply to NSCC, applicants must:
- Apply for approval of funding eligibility by completing the online application form for NSCC.
- Submit a copy of your Entry Level, School Age Approval, or Level 1 Classification. If you require a duplicate copy of your Classification certificate, you must contact Classification Services immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Have your employer complete and submit the Employer Verification form to email@example.com
- Complete the NSCC admissions process (if approved for funding)
For questions on application and admissions to the NSCC Accelerated ECE Diploma Program, please email: Alana Wiens, Academic Chair (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
To apply to NSCECE, please visit their website - https://www.nscece.com/programs
- NSCECE will provide you with two forms to complete: a funding eligibility application form and an employer verification form – both must be submitted to NSCECE
- Submit a copy of your Level 1 Classification.
- If you require a duplicate copy of your Classification certificate, you must contact Classification Services immediately at email@example.com
- Complete the NSCECE admissions process (if approved for funding)
Questions about NSCECE's PLAR Program, including application and admissions processes should be sent to Shawna Murray, Recruitment Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis until enrollment is full.
- When seats are filled, other applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be added to a waitlist.
- If a space becomes available, the next person on the waitlist will be contacted and invited to enroll at NSCC or NSCECE.
- Those not meeting the eligibility criteria will also be notified by email.
For questions on eligibility to participate in the program, please contact:
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development