Together with the NSCC, the Department is pleased to announce spaces for staff with Entry Level, School Age Approval, or Level 1 Classifications to pursue a Mi’kmaw 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.

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) - Currently accepting applications for September 2024
NSCC - September 2024  


To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Identify as Mi’kmaw or Indigenous residing in Nova Scotia
  • Hold an Entry Level or Level 1 Classification, or School-Age Training Approval issued by EECD.
  • Be employed in Nova Scotia in a licensed child care or pre-primary program, Mi’kmaw preschool/daycare or Jordan Principle Support for Early Years 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
  • 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 NSCC's PLAR Program, applicants must:

  • Have at least one year of work experience in a licensed child care or pre-primary program, Mi’kmaw preschool/daycare or Jordan Principle Support for Early Years 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 Process

Please 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:

For questions on application and admissions to the Mi'kmaw Accelerated ECE Diploma Program, please email: Nik Phillips, Academic Chair (email:


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.
  • 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