A career where playtime
    is taken seriously

    Early Learning and Child Care – certificate

    PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

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    QUICK FACTS

    Program length  

    2 terms

    Credential

    Certificate

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    TUITION & FEES


    Canadian
    Total: $6,085.00

    International
    Total: $15,319.00

     
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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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    Course Listing

    You must complete 10 courses to graduate. Courses are listed by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in eight months 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

    Additional note

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