Together with the NSCC, the Department is pleased to announce spaces for staff 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
  • Entry Level Orientation Training is required to participate in the program.  
    • Proof of completion will be required within 4 months of program start.
    • If Entry Level or Level 1 Classification, or School-age Training Approval has already been completed, please submit your documentation along with your Employer Verification Form to: 
  • 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 in a previous intake of this program and withdrew from the PLAR program are not eligible to apply for another funded seat.


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:

  • Apply for approval of funding eligibility by completing the online application form for NSCC. 
  • If applicable, 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 
  • Have your employer complete and submit the Employer Verification form to
  • Complete the NSCC admissions process (if approved for funding) 

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