Work-Study Program

The program for candidates

A paid training program that alternates work and study each week.

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A recognized course to start, train and obtain a diploma !

Whether or not you already work in a childcare service, whether you are in professional retraining, or that you are simply seeking your own path... The Early Childhood Work-Study Program is for you!

This program is offered throughout Quebec in many CEGEPs! It allows you to acquire all the competencies required to become an early childhood educator, while working!

Learn more about the career!

How does it work?

For 18 months, you study part-time each week at CEGEP to obtain your Attestation of collegial studies: AEC - Early Childhood Care and Education.

When you don't have classes, you work in a CPE or an educational childhood services to perfect your practice and validate AEC in ECCE competencies (10 to 20 hours per week).

The best part? Your employer pays you for your working hours AND your class hours! They then receive financial compensation to finance your salary when you are in class.

A 3-step course, adapted to the needs of educational childhood services:

  • Step 1: alternating between theoretical courses and work for 49 weeks
  • Step 2: alternating between internship and work for 12 weeks
  • Step 3: process of Recognition of Acquired Competencies (RAC) at the end of the course (32 hours) to validate the last 3 competencies of the AEC, acquired while working

At the very end, graduates receive an AEC - Early Childhood Care and Education. A passage to the DEC - Early Childhood Care and Education is possible if further studies are desired.

Find out the CEGEPs!

Depending on the CEGEP you choose, you can study in-class, online or in a hybrid mode.

Recruitment of Fall 2024 starts on July 8th!

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for the work-study program, you must:

  • Work in a CPE or an educational daycare registered on our portal. Don't worry! If you are not already employed, we can help you to find an employer.
  • Be 18 or older when you register for the program
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or a valid Canadian permanent residence status;
  • Have obtained your High school diploma or, under certain conditions, secondary 4 or 5 credits (or the equivalent outside Quebec.


Upon hiring, your employer will request a criminal background check from the police (proof of absence of impediment) and proof of successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses.

These documents are mandatory for all people working with children in Quebec.

Check out the participation steps
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Find your employer now!

Do you meet all of the admission requirements above but the recruitment is over or has not yet started?

Job offers will be posted on July 8th, 2024 but in the meantime, you can already start your search and find your future employer!

  • Submit your resume and cover letter to our spontaneous applications bank at any time to find an employer. All educational childcare services registered on our portal have access to it!
  • Pass selection interviews and start working before the start of the program;
  • Your employer will submit your application to the program when recruitment opens, directly in their Employer Space!
Submit your spontaneous application

My steps of participation in the Parcours

Next cohort: Winter 2024

Hand drawing of number 1

Step 1 I July 8th to September 8th, 2024

Application

From July 8th, I apply to job offers posted on the recruitment portal, by employers in my region.

Deadline: September 8th, 2024

Hand drawing of number 2

Step 2 I July 8th to September 10th, 2024

Selection

  • I pass selection interviews with employers
  • If my application is accepted, I sign the promise of employment that my employer will attach to my online application file.

Please note that step 2 does not constitute confirmation of admission to the Program.

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Step 3 I September 23rd to October 11th, 2024

Registration

  • Once step 2 is completed, my online file is ready. It will be sent directly to the CEGEP of my choice on September 23rd ;
  • From September 23rd to October 11th, 2024 : the CEGEP contacts me to compile my admission file and validate my registration. I must provide the required documents and pay the related fees ($200 maximum per session);
  • Classes begin November 4th.

Hand drawing of number 1

Step 1 I July 8th to September 8th, 2024

I talk to my employer

To register for the Course, my employer must:

  • Understand the implications and investments required by employers
  • Register their workplace on the early childhood work-study portal
  • Complete my registration request from his Employer space (internal application)
  • Produce and sign my certificate of employment and attach it to my application

If the employer needs information and documentation, the Work-Study Program team is there to support him in his efforts. They can contact us.

Deadline: September 8th, 2024

Hand drawing of number 2

Step 2 I September 23rd to October 11th, 2024

Registration

  • Once step 1 is completed, my online file is ready. It will be sent directly to the CEGEP of my choice on September 23rd ;
  • From September 23rd to October 11th, 2024 : the CEGEP contacts me to compile my admission file and validate my registration. I must provide the required documents and pay the related fees ($200 maximum per session);
  • Classes begin November 4th.

Ready to start the program?

Job offers will be posted from July 8th!

In the meantime, you can already submit your spontaneous application to find an employer and start working before the start of the program.

Submit your spontaneous application

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