Advanced Practitioner Program

The Advanced Practitioner program is designed to be a post graduate in-service certificate program that will allow qualified ECEs to specialize and advance their knowledge and competence in a particular area of practice, such as infant and toddler learning and care, outdoor play, or pedagogical leadership.

Will I get paid more if I complete the certificates?

Certificates will be considered advanced training and will be included in the compensation framework for ECEs working in regulated child care. It is anticipated that if an educator is working in an area directly related to their advanced training they will be paid accordingly.

Do I have to have a diploma in order to take these courses?

Yes, a diploma or degree in early childhood education will be a pre-requisite.

How can I apply for the specialized certificates?

The program is still in the early stages of development. As it is further developed, more information will be available on the program and how to apply. Information will be posted on the Excellence in Early Childhood Education web page.

How much will the advanced certificate cost?

At this time, a fee structure has not yet been set. There will be a cost, as this is a rigorous post diploma certificate. It is expected that a portion of the cost will be eligible for reimbursement through the Continuing Education program.

I have a certificate in Inclusion can I use that towards the advanced practitioner program?

These certificates will be stand-alone programs and will not assess prior learning in the application process.

Where will these be offered?

The certificate programs will be delivered online, which will ensure that ECEs from across Nova Scotia are able to access the programs.

Online delivery will also allow students to study and take the courses from their own home. Practical learning experiences will be embedded into the ECEs’ current workplace. It is important to note that there will only be a limited number of individuals with experience and expertise accepted into these post diploma programs.

More details on the Advanced Practitioner Program will be available in late 2021 or early 2022.

Can I get funding to take these certificates?

We plan to offer certificates in areas that are considered “priority areas for the department” as part of a pilot in 2022-23. Participants in the pilot program will be eligible for bursaries for the first cohort.

After that, participants will be expected to pay for the certificates. However, we do expect a portion of the costs to be eligible for reimbursement through the Continuing Education Program.