ECE bursary supports students’ career goals

October 17, 2022

Students needing financial assistance to advance their careers in Early Childhood Education could get assistance from the Faculty of Education.

The Early Childhood Education bursary has been created for the Master of Professional Education (MPEd) degree in the Field of Early Childhood Education (ECE).

“The bursary increases the financial feasibility of early childhood educators to pursue a Master’s degree and reach their career goals,” Anna Zuber, Manager of Graduate Education, said. “This is the key to building a strong profession that benefits children.”

Open to all domestic students in the MPEd ECE program, eligibility is based on financial need, which the Registrar’s Office determines through the students’ Financial Assistance Profiles. Students must apply each term and they could receive up to $1,500 per term, Zuber said.

The Registrar’s Office communicates bursary decisions to students via their Western email. Monies are paid directly to Student Center accounts, and if there’s a credit balance, the refund is paid by direct deposit, Zuber said.

There are three application cycles. For the:

  • Winter term: applications accepted from Dec. 15 to Jan. 31.
  • Summer term: applications accepted from April 15 to May 31.
  • Fall term: applications accepted from Aug. 15 to Sept. 30.

The MPEd  in the Field of Early Childhood Education is the first program in Canada dedicated to the education of pedagogists who support educators engagement with children and families in innovative and critical ways as well as introduce new ideas, theories, materials, opportunities, and media.

The degree also provides students with the knowledge and confidence to enter the new role of pedagogist in British Columbia and Ontario, as well as work in leadership positions in early childhood education across the globe.