Early Learning

Early Learning Instructor sitting at table with 3 young children

Open doors and imaginations.

Learn to support children and families in the early years of development and growth.

Program description

The objective of the Early Learning (EL), program (formerly Early Learning and Child Care) is to meet the needs identified by the community for the educational preparation of early childhood educators. 

We provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to provide early learning opportunities and child care for young children and families.

Throughout the program, students learn to assist children in all areas of growth and development.

Theory courses for the EL program offer the option of either face-to-face or video/online delivery.


Diploma program

The EL diploma program may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis. It consists of 24 courses, including English, four practicum placements and three electives for a total of 66 credits.

To accommodate students wishing to complete the diploma program, courses in EL are restricted to program students.


Admission requirements
  • Minimum 65% in English 12 OR ENGL 060 OR EAP 060, OR
  • Acceptable equivalency score on University assessments


Other requirements
  • Acceptable current criminal records check including vulnerable sectors
  • Current immunization, including tuberculosis screening
Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon University recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

Students in the Early Learning Program acquire FN competencies within the program.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Career opportunities

Early Learning program graduates are qualified to work in the following areas:

  • early childhood educators in child care centres
  • family day homes, and preschools
  • program assistants in child development centres and child care facilities
  • educational assistants in kindergarten and the early grades
  • nannies, family support workers, and as child care licensing officers
Money matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See money matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Student financial awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon University is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several student financial awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

Follow this link to government funding: http://www.hss.gov.yk.ca/ecebursary.php

See money matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867 668 5209 to make an appointment.

Program Guides

A program planning guide lays out the courses and requirements needed to graduate from a particular program. It guides you through course selection options for each term, provides a sample program pathway and acts as a tool to track your progress.


Title Campus Scheduled
COMM 125 - Interpersonal Communication Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Watson Lake
EL 102 - Foundations For Practice Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
EL 103 - Early Learning Practicum 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Off-Campus
EL 110 - Responsive Relationships in Early Learning Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
EL 111 - Stories of Culture & Social Location Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Pelly Crossing
EL 120 - Foundations in Curriculum & Pedagogy Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
EL 121 - Perspectives on Children’s Growth and Development
ELCC 100 - Cultural Competency in Early Learning and Child Care
ELCC 110 - Health, Safety and Nutrition
ELCC 111 - Child Growth and Development 1
ELCC 112 - Introduction to Early Learning and Child Care
ELCC 113 - Field Placement 1
ELCC 114 - Integration Seminar 1
ELCC 122 - Program Planning - Learning Through Play
ELCC 123 - Field Placement 2
ELCC 124 - Integration Seminar 2
ELCC 130 - Guiding Young Children
ELCC 200 - Program Planning - Science Areas with Young Children
ELCC 211 - Family Program Community Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELCC 212 - Program Planning-Literacy & Creative Expression
ELCC 213 - Field Placement 3 Off-Campus
ELCC 214 - Integration Seminar 3 Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELCC 220 - Philosophy of ELCC
ELCC 221 - Ecology of the Family Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELCC 222 - Exceptional Children
ELCC 223 - Field Placement 4 Off-Campus
ELCC 224 - Integration Seminar 4 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELCC 225 - Leadership, Teambuilding, and Administration in Early Learning and Childcare Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Title Campus Scheduled
COMM 192 - Business Communications
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video