How it Works

Pacific Rim is a distance education institution which offers all its courses entirely online with a required on-site practicum component for each program.. Students regularly communicate with instructors and support staff via email and phone regarding course work and assignments. At the end of the course, students must write an examination under the supervision of an exam proctor in their community.

Course registration and enrollment intake begins on the 1st of each month and is continuous until the registration limits have been reached. Students may take as many courses as they like at one time, as long as they are able to complete them before their end date. It is encouraged that students only enroll in one course at a time. If students complete a course early they are welcome to either take a break, or begin another course right away.

1. Register

The first step is to submit an online registration application. During the registration process you will be required to submit proof of completion of Grade 12 English or equivalent, two Character Reference Letters, Photo Identification, a Criminal Record Check indicating clearance to work with children, a Declaration of Health, and an Admission Interview. There is a registration fee of $250 for domestic students and $500 for international students. If the registration application is accepted and approved, students receive a student ID and password which they can use to login to their student account. From this account students can enroll in courses, update their contact information, access helpful resources, access a job posting board and access their T2202A tax receipt.

2. Enroll

Before you enroll, purchase the required textbook(s) for the course you wish to enrol in. You may purchase textbooks from the links provided on our website, or purchase them from the UVic Bookstore, a local bookstore or directly from the publisher. When you are ready to begin a course, simply login to your student account and apply for as many courses as you wish to complete at one time. Most students may choose to complete their program part-time, one course at a time or to complete their program full-time 2 or 3 courses at a time.

3. Complete Online Coursework

Courses are offered entirely online, and each program has a mandatory on-site practicum component. Once you sign up for a course you will have up to 10 weeks to complete it. Most courses are made up of 10 units and a final exam. You will regularly communicate with your instructor via email regarding course work and assignments. Students that complete courses early are welcome to begin another course right away, or take a break and continue their studies later. Practicums may be taken in group (3-5) licensed child care centres under the supervision of a certified Early Childhood Educator. You can search licensed centres in your area by using the government search tool for licensed centres.

4. Start a Career in ECE

Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute provides training that is recognized across Canada which can be tailored to individual needs. Whether you are just starting out in the field or upgrading your credentials to become an ITE or SNE, there is a program or course for you. Certified graduates work in a wide variety of child care environments, or open their own centres.

The Child Care Human Resources Sector Council has developed a series of video profiles that provide an overview of what it's like to work in Canada's early childhood education and care sector. They travelled across Canada interviewing individuals in the sector to find out more about their careers: their roles and responsibilities, educational requirements, challenges and benefits, and what they love about their jobs. Students wishing to learn more about the variety of careers in early childhood education are encouraged to view these profiles.

For more program information please read our student handbook.