• 2020-2021

A career where playtime
is taken seriously

Early Learning and Child Care – diploma

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PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

STARTLOCATIONDELIVERYSTATUS
JanEdmontonIn person
SepEdmontonIn person
Sep*EdmontonIn person
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Limited
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QUICK FACTS

Program length  

4 terms

Credential

Diploma

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TUITION & FEES


Canadian
Total: $10,563.00

International
Total: $28,346.99

 
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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
    • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
    • 60% in ESLG 1860 or ESLG 1898
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This program information is not for the current academic year. If you are interested in a program starting before July, view the current academic year of the program.

Course Listing

You must complete 20 courses to graduate. Courses are listed by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in two years as a full-time student.

Course CodeTitleCredit
Term 1 - 16 weeks
ELCC1000 (O)
This course focuses on the development of children from conception to twelve years of age, including the physical child, the thinking child, the social child, and the whole child, as well as introducing atypical development. Students will study key theories and theorists in child development.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC1002 (O)
This survey course focuses on understanding the goals and essential components of developing successful early childhood programs. By studying the role of early childhood professionals, students will gain insight into their own philosophy of early childhood education.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
COMP1016 (O)
This course provides learners with the skills they need to create the documents, spreadsheets, and presentations needed in college human services programs and employment in human services.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 45 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
COMM1007 (O)
This course focuses on the development and practice of writing skills and forms of written communication required for success in educational and human services settings. Topics include an overview of the writing process, using correct grammar, developing writing strategies, writing essays, writing for business, and proofreading.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC1100
This practicum is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge from a play-based perspective in appropriate childcare settings under the supervision of the practicum supervisor and a designated mentor. Students are expected to practise observation skills and plan provocations based on observations of children’s interests. In the lecture portion, students will discuss basic health, safety, nutrition, observation, and documentation, as well as appropriate practice with children across curricular areas.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 200 Work Experience
7
Term 2 - 16 weeks
ELCC1006 (O)
Students will develop an understanding of the role of play in a child’s growth and learning. They will also learn about the role of the environment and the early childhood practitioner in enhancing children’s play. This course focuses on the planning of inclusive and appropriate play environments, including indoor and outdoor play experiences. Students will explore a variety of play situations and materials used in child-care settings.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC1007 (O)
This introductory course will provide students with an understanding of early literacy. Students will learn strategies that can be used to develop a child's interest and skills related to listening, speaking, reading, and writing that form the foundation of a language arts curriculum. Students will also explore the effective use of children's literature, storytelling, puppetry, and dramatic play and the importance of cultural considerations and individual differences.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC1008 (O)
This introductory course provides an understanding of children's behaviour in a developmental context, and the importance of realistic expectations of children in various stages. The social development of the young child will be examined in the context of positive guidance to support self-regulation. Appropriate strategies to help children to develop positive self-esteem and develop appropriate behaviour will be discussed. The prevention of behaviour problems through developmentally appropriate practices and interventions will be emphasized.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
COMM1001 (O)
Explore the fundamentals of communication and interpersonal relationships. Examine effective communication, barriers to effective communication, and specific communication strategies that can improve interactions with others and enhance critical thinking skills. Learn and apply theories related to communication climate, groups, teams, conflict management, and problem solving.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC1200
This practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge of the role of educator in appropriate childcare settings under the supervision of the practicum supervisor and a designated mentor. In addition to engaging with children and participating in the routine each day, students are expected to observe, reflect, and plan with their site mentor over five weeks to act as the lead educator in the room for five days, including transitions, play-based activities, provocations, outdoor play, and meals. In the lecture portion, students will discuss working with diverse families and communities, the role of the educator in observation, documentation, the child’s voice, and how working as a team member links to practice.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 200 Work Experience
7
Term 3 - 16 weeks
ELCC2000
This course will focus on the needs of children whose development is atypical.  Students will explore a range of exceptionalities and gain an understanding of strategies to support all children within the child care setting, as well as examine the values and philosophy of inclusion in child care.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC2006
This course will focus on supporting creative activities within play. Included are theories of creative development and ideas for the development of two- and three-dimensional activities, creative language experiences, science and mathematics, music and movement, indoor and outdoor play, dramatic play, and media.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC2002
This advanced course will focus on building skills for working cooperatively with other significant adults in the child’s environment and will cover diverse family structures and relationships in addition to examining issues that confront families today. Students will explore, plan, and implement curriculum to gain an understanding of how diversity impacts the importance of play, active exploration, the construction and representation of knowledge, and social interactions.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC2003
This course focuses on the development of appropriate strategies and skills to provide good care for infants and toddlers. An understanding of infant and toddler development, as well as the central role of the caregiver, relationships, and daily routines will be established. The importance of effective communication will also be addressed.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC2100
This practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge of working collaboratively in appropriate childcare settings under the supervision of the practicum supervisor and a designated mentor in the childcare setting. In addition to engaging with children and participating in the routine each day, students are expected to expand their understanding of various roles in a childcare program, such as lead educator, associate director, or program director, as well as working as a member of a team. In the lecture portion, students will discuss working with diverse families and communities, the role of the educator in observation, documentation, the child’s voice and play, and working as a team member.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 200 Work Experience
7
Term 4 - 16 weeks
ELCC2008
This course presents a further examination of key processes in emergent programming, including the use of the environment and responsive planning of play opportunities for children, as well as the development of the concept of children and teachers working as co-researchers to create curriculum.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC2007
In this course, students will develop the organizational skills and leadership styles necessary for the effective management of early child care programs. The focus will be on skills for managing group child care and early education facilities. Topics such as program philosophy and policy design, financial management, staff development, and relationships with families and community will be highlighted. Child care regulations and licensing policy for the Province of Alberta will also be covered.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC2005
This course will focus on an examination of critical social contexts and issues in the field such as interdisciplinary practices, technology, advocacy, mentorship, related research topics, assessment, early intervention, poverty, and ethics. Students will examine these issues and their impact on practice in a child care setting.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC2004
This course covers the goals and essential components of programs for school-age children. The historical and social influences of such programs in Canada will be examined. Students will gain insight into the role of caregivers for school-age children while examining their own personal qualities and philosophy for working in this field.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
ELCC2200
This practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge of the role of the director in appropriate childcare settings under the supervision of the practicum supervisor and a designated mentor. In addition to engaging with children and participating in the routine each day, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the complex role of the director in a childcare program, from menu planning to government requirements and community resources, and are expected to interview the director on their role. In the lecture portion, students will discuss the director’s role in working with diverse families and communities, the role of the director in observation, documentation, the child’s voice and play, and working as a team member and leader.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 200 Work Experience
7

Additional note

Courses marked with (O) are available through Open Studies.