How does the program work if I am an international student?

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All the courses and practicums may be completed internationally, provided the student has access to an appropriate proctor and practicum placement.

Proctors must offer a professional testing service through a college or university. They must be able to communicate and send/receive instructions in English.

Students may occasionally be permitted to complete a practicum internationally. This will be dependent upon many factors and is subject to approval. To be considered, an internationally completed practicum must meet the same criteria as acceptable placements in Canada. The centre must be regulated and be reflective of a high-quality early childhood environment. The region’s early learning framework must be aligned with the British Columbia Early Learning Framework. In addition, the ECE Mentor must be able to correspond in English and hold equivalent certification and training to certified British Columbia mentors. In most cases, students will be required to complete practicums in Canada unless they can clearly demonstrate that an international placement is equivalent to a placement at a licensed British Columbia early childhood centre under the mentorship of a certified Early Childhood Educator. Regardless of location, all students must demonstrate practice in alignment with Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute’s Learning Outcomes and the BC Child Care Sector Occupational Competencies.