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A career where playtime
is taken seriously
Early Learning and Child Care – diploma
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
TUITION & FEES
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.
|Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|ELCC1000 (O)|| Child Growth and Development |
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.
|ELCC1002 (O)|| Introduction to Early Learning and Child Care |
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.
|COMP1016 (O)|| Utilizing Technology |
Increase your digital literacy so you can more fully participate in academics and the community workplace. This course focuses on professional use of the Internet, how to use web-based applications, identifying assistive and emergent technology, and creating documents and digital media using various computer applications.
|COMM1007 (O)|| Written Communication |
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.
|ELCC1100|| ELCC Practicum I |
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.
|Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|ELCC1006 (O)|| Play |
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.
|ELCC1007 (O)|| Literacy |
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.
|ELCC1008 (O)|| Guiding Children's Behaviour |
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.
|COMM1001 (O)|| Introduction to Communications |
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.
|ELCC1200|| ELCC Practicum II |
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.
|Term 3 - 16 weeks|
|ELCC2000|| Development and Inclusive Care |
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.
|ELCC2006|| Play and Creativity |
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.
|ELCC2002|| Working With Families |
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.
|ELCC2003|| Infants and Toddlers |
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.
|ELCC2100|| ELCC Practicum III |
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.
|Term 4 - 16 weeks|
|ELCC2008|| Play, Spaces, and Planning |
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.
|ELCC2007|| Leadership and Management in ELCC |
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.
|ELCC2005|| Social Contexts in ELCC |
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.
|ELCC2004|| School-age Children |
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.
|ELCC2200|| ELCC Practicum IV |
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.
Courses marked with (O) are available through Open Studies.
Credits required for full-time status: 9 credits per term