Early Learning & Child Care Certificate

You can make a difference in the future of children and families. 

This one year certificate program provides you with the credentials to work in institutions or children's programs at the childhood level from birth to age twelve. The program focuses on key areas of childhood growth and development, diverse abilities, program strategies, building and sustaining strong rapport between children and their families, and professionalism in the workplace. This program is offered online and incorporates practical learning experiences.

Career Potential:
Graduates of the Early Learning and Child Care Certificate program are prepared to work effectively with children and their families in preschool programs, daycares, day homes, Head Start Programs and other agencies providing services and support to children from birth to age twelve.

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Credential:
Certificate

Admission Requirements:

  • Grade 12 or equivalent including;
  • English 30-1 or 30-2 (30 or 33)
  • A score of 12.9 on Nelson Denny Test (if less than 60% in English 30/33 or English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 10C or 10-3, Math 10 (Applied or Pure), Math 10 or 13
  • High school transcript
  • Criminal Record Check, Child Youth Information System Document (formally CWIS) Alberta Child and Youth Services
  • Please refer to the following link for minimum technical requirements on our Moodle page

Practicum
Practicum locations vary. Students may be required to travel to practicum sites and are responsible for arranging their own transportation, accommodation, and childcare.

Transferability:
Transferable to the 2nd year Portage College Early Learning and Child Care Diploma Program. Some courses are transferable to the Portage College Educational Assistant Program. Transferability to other provincial colleges is available. 30 credit block transfer to the Athabasca University BPA program.

Early Learning and Child Care Certificate

  • HUMAN DEVELOPMENT I

    Course ID: ECDE100

    Name: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT I

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    In this course the student will explore the major theories of human development and will focus specifically on birth to age 12-18. Areas of study will include physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development.

  • WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

    Course ID: ENGL100

    Name: WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    ENGL 100 concentrates on the development and improvement of academic writing skills that meet post-secondary college standards. The course reviews effective essay writing skills and considers the summary, report, and critique. The focus of ENGL 100 is the research paper and APA style. The course projects effective writing and avoidance of plagiarism as intrinsic professional competencies. Job search considerations include the cover letter, targeted electronic resume, and portfolio. Students develop computer skills to augment composition, formatting, and proofing of all scholastic papers.

  • LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

    Course ID: ELCC114

    Name: LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course presents information on the goals and philosophy of developmentally appropriate programs for children. Students examine their role in the development of caring relationships within a diverse environment that is focused on child-centered curriculum and play.

  • PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Course ID: ELCC103

    Name: PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Hours: 140

    Credits: 2

    This field practicum consists of full-time supervised placements for four-weeks in early childhood programs. Students are placed in daycares, kindergartens, Head Start Programs and other preschool environments. During the practicum, time is designated for an online Integration Seminar. Students integrate class theory with field placement experiences through discussion and group activities. Prerequisite: ECDE 100 – Human Development or approved credit.

  • ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ELCC

    Course ID: ELCC122

    Name: ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ELCC

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides students with the knowledge required to work professionally and effectively in ELCC environments. Students become knowledgeable about professional ethics, program operational matters, codes of conduct, job descriptions, and role clarifications. Policies on early childhood from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Alberta Child and Youth Services are also covered.

  • INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCE

    Course ID: RSER103

    Name: INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCE

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    In this course interpersonal communication skills are emphasized as a vital part of human services. This course provides students with an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the basic communication concepts and skills, to examine their everyday communication behaviours, and to apply their new knowledge and self-awareness to their own experience. The main goal of this experience is to help students expand their repertoire of skills for communicating more effectively.

  • INFANTS & TODDLERS

    Course ID: ELCC107

    Name: INFANTS & TODDLERS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course focuses on the developmentally and culturally appropriate high quality programming that is appropriate for infants and toddlers in home-based and group care environments.

  • OBSERVING & RECORDING SKILLS & APPLICATIONS

    Course ID: ELCC132

    Name: OBSERVING & RECORDING SKILLS & APPLICATIONS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will focus on basic observation and recording skills used for observing children. Subsequent intervention strategies to work with children following the observation will be explored.

  • DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

    Course ID: RSER101

    Name: DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This is an introductory course to disability studies and provides students with an opportunity to explore the lives of persons with disabilities including families, special needs, diverse characteristics, and life styles.

  • PRACTICUM II/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Course ID: ELCC133

    Name: PRACTICUM II/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Hours: 280

    Credits: 4

    This practicum placement is eight-week placements (280 hours) in an assigned early childhood setting. Students assume duties and responsibilities, as assigned by the practicum on-site supervisor and are responsible for arrangements necessary to complete College expectations and assignments. There is time designated for an online Integration Seminar. Prerequisite: ELCC 103 or have approved advanced credit.

  • GUIDING BEHAVIOUR

    Course ID: ECDE111

    Name: GUIDING BEHAVIOUR

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    Students learn skills and effective intervention techniques designed to positively and appropriately guide the behaviour of preschool and school-age children, and to nurture a safe and healthy environment for children and staff.

  • SCHOOL AGED CARE

    Course ID: ELCC130

    Name: SCHOOL AGED CARE

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides the student with knowledge related to program development and implementation. Content covers: safety supervision, behavior management, developmentally and culturally appropriate programming, and the overall role of an effective worker in an out-of-school environment with school age children.

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