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BEd in Early Childhood Education

Do you have a two-year provincially approved diploma in early childhood education?

Are you an early childhood educator interested in increasing your knowledge and qualifications to a Bachelor of Education degree in Early Childhood Education?

Would you benefit from a flexible, online program allowing you to complete courses while working in the field?

The Bachelor of Education degree in Early Childhood Education is a blended degree program completed with 60 credit hours from community college followed by 78 credit hours from UNB. These 78 credit hours include 9-credit hours of practicum with mentoring and supervision provided in a kindergarten to grade three school setting.

Admission requirements

If you are a Canadian citizen and a permanent resident of Canada who has completed a two-year diploma in early childhood education from a provincially recognized college, you are qualified to apply for this program.

Transfer credits from another university

The Faculty of Education does not accept transfer credits for education courses completed at any institution prior to acceptance into the BEd in ECE program at UNB.

Program delivery and design

The type of online learning that we utilize is asynchronous. Students learning asynchronous can access the course and do the work required for it whenever it is convenient for them – for example, in the early morning, during a lunch hour, or in the evening. The entire course is archived, and all messages remain available for reading and responding.

Length of program options:

  • Full Time – two years, 6 full terms (4 courses per term on split term basis)
  • Part Time – you have a maximum five years to complete

Practicum availability and preferences

Your practicum placements will be self-arranged, in consultation with mentor educator and principal, and faculty representative.


Tuition fees are set annually by the university. Full-time students are billed full-time tuition rates for Fall and Winter terms and then per course basis for Summer term. Part-time students are billed for their courses on a per course basis. For complete fee information, see UNB Financial Services.

Teacher certification

Once you complete the UNB Bachelor of Education degree Early Childhood Education, you are eligible to apply for a New Brunswick Teacher’s Certificate 4 with a major in Elementary Education.

In order to be granted a teacher's license in New Brunswick, you need to be a Canadian citizen or have landed immigrant status or a valid work visa.

Mobility agreement

There is a mobility agreement across Canada between provinces regarding recognition of teacher certification. If you receive a teacher's license in New Brunswick, you can apply for a teacher's license in other Canadian provinces. You will need to pay a fee for each province for which you will be licensed.

Different jurisdictions have different certification requirements. It is important to check with the department of education in the province in which you wish to be licensed prior to applying to the Bachelor of Education degree to ensure you meet their requirements.

Career options

Graduates will have the skills, knowledge and experience to be employed in a broad range of early childhood setting including:

  • family and early childhood educators
  • grades K-3 teacher in a public school
  • family resource and parent support programs
  • early childhood services in hospitals, home based programs, child care facilities, and public schools
  • college instructors, early childhood education administrator
  • program directors, quality assurance monitors or early learning and child care investigator/inspector

Applying to UNB

A completed application includes:

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of interest
  • Two letters of reference (one academic and one character)
  • Interview

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