This Early Childhood Education (ECE) program offered in cooperation with Lakeland College gives you the knowledge and skills you need to work in a variety of child care settings. The ECE program integrates current research on early childhood education into all of your courses. You'll develop strong communication, observation and documentation skills. Program length is one year for the certificate level (minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0) or you may advance to year two and earn your diploma.
You will receive well-rounded training in:
- Early Childhood Professionalism
- Health, Safety and Nutrition
- Human Development
- Exploring Exceptionalities
- Positive Behaviour Supports
- Creative and Applied Curriculum
- Practical Experience
NOTE: A full description of each course is outlined below in "Courses"
Tuition: $15,000 per year (Tuition includes books, health insurance and mandatory fees).
Application Fee: $140.00
Sep 18th, 2023 - Jun 20th, 2025 Full-time
- High school diploma with a minimum English A30 and English B30.
- A criminal record check (with a vulnerable sector check) is required and you are responsible for requesting one through the RCMP in your hometown. The cost may vary. Based on the information received, students may be denied entrance into the program.
- First Aid Certificate
CO 118 Communication Skills
This communications course focuses on effective writing. Students develop skills in resume and cover letters, research papers using APA format, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, emails and anecdotal reporting.
ED 120 Play
This course is an overview of the significance of play in the development of the child. It includes nature and development of play in the environment and explores how early childhood educators co-construct meaningful play experiences with the child and their family. Special consideration is given to designing responsive environments and focusing on children's natural disposition to learn in both indoor and outdoor play spaces.
ED 121 Early Childhood Professionalism
This course explores values, attitudes, ethics, and commitment involved in working professionally with young children and families. Roles and responsibilities, conflict resolution, and how to be a professional team member are examined. An appreciation of family encourages and enhances student's self-awareness and ability to interact respectfully with children and families. Professional interactions involving interviewing skills and making presentations are practiced.
HE 158 Health, Safety and Nutrition
This course examines the health, safety, and nutrition needs of young children. It includes practical applications for supporting these needs in an early childhood environment.
HS 114 Human Development I
This course provides students with an understanding of the developing child from birth to five years. It traces the changes that occur physically, socially, emotionally,and intellectually during this period in an individual's life.
HS 115 Exploring Exceptionalities I
This course provides an introduction to children and youth with exceptionalities by examining the categories and characteristics of diversity. Issues pertinent to children with exceptionalities and their families are explored.
HS 155 Positive Behaviour Supports
The course includes an examination of attitudes, values, and skills within a holistic approach to support social and emotional development in terms of positive behaviour. Opportunities for examining the dynamics of behaviour are provided. This course also discusses various strategies to support the development of social and emotional skills and pro-social behaviour. Prerequisites: None.
HS 180 Creative Curriculum
This course is an exploration of curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation in the areas of art, games, movement and music. These curriculum areas are explored within the framework of a play oriented, interactionist approach. This approach enables students to design and implement interactive activities for children. Students are provided the opportunity to acquire strategies for supporting the development of children within the preschool, school and community setting.
HS 182 Applied Curriculum
This course is an exploration of curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation in the areas of children's literature, language arts, math and science. Students have opportunity to research, design and implement interactive activities with children. Emphasis is placed on supporting the developmental needs of children in the preschool, school and community setting. Prerequisite: HS 180.
HS 214 Human Development II
Understand changes, physical, cognitive, social and personality, that take place from middle childhood through adulthood. Examine theoretical perspectives of human development through comparison of various assumptions and principles about growth and behaviour. Prerequisite: HS 114.
ED 109 ELCC Practicum I
This course is the beginning practicum with emphasis on observation and practical experience in working with children. Students begin programming based on observations of children's needs and interests. Students incorporate Early Learning and Child Care philosophy in a work place experience. P/F. Prerequisite: none. Co-requisite: Students must have completed or be in the process of successfully completing 5 courses including HS 180 with an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater.
ED 110 ELCC Practicum II
This course is an advanced practicum with emphasis on programming based on observation of children's needs and interests. Students incorporate Early Learning and Child Care philosophy in a work place experience. P/F. Prerequisite: ED109. Co-requisite: Students must have completed or be in the process of successfully completing 8 courses with an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater.