Our Early Learning & Child Care Certificate is delivered fully online.
This 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, professionalism in the workplace as well as incorporating practical learning experiences.
One essential aspect of our online program is that students receive live instruction with instructor-led classes. There is a new course each month, and open enrolment so that you can start at any time. The Program is delivered two nights a week from 6:30 - 9:00 P.M. (Monday and Tuesday)
Practicum may be arranged at a licensed childcare setting of your choice.
Graduates of the Early Learning and Child Care Certificate Program qualify for Level 2 Early Childhood Educator Certification through Child Care Staff Certification, Government of Alberta, Children and Youth Services.
Students who obtain 45 hours in an Early Childhood course can apply for Level 1 Early Childhood Educator Certification from the Government of Alberta, Children and Youth Services.
Use this chart to check Provincial high school equivalencies accepted at Portage College. Note: This is just a guide.
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.
Program Start/End Dates
Application is on a continuous basis. Registration is monthly; you can enroll at any point in the academic year if you have the program prerequisites and the course prerequisites.
Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50
2022-2023 yearly tuition and mandatory fees, if you complete all the credits required in the academic year, is:
Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $124.70. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $124.70. Other mandatory fees are listed below by semester.
Other mandatory fees Fall semester
Other mandatory fees Winter semester
Other mandatory fees Spring semester
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Tuition Deposit (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs and international only)
Domestic Students - $100
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Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.
students will need regular access to a computer with a webcam and an internet connection. High speed broadband access is highly recommended for the optimal learning experience.
For technical requirements, visit our Moodle page.
This Program is not eligible for international study.
Course ID: ECDE100
Name: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT I
In this course, the learner will explore the major theories of human development and will focus specifically on birth to age twelve. Areas of study will include physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development.
Course ID: ENGL100
Name: WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
English 100 emphasizes fundamental English writing skills: grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, and additional mechanics. The course provides instruction in conducting research, documenting sources of information, avoiding any suspicion of plagiarism, and creating a basic outline to structure and organize ideas in a five-paragraph essay. Students will submit all tests and assignments to Moodle for evaluation.
Course ID: ELCC114
Name: LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
Identify how the goals, philosophy, and curriculum of play-based learning experiences support children’s developmental growth. Learnings will understand the importance of their role in the development of an environment that is child-centered, culturally, and developmentally appropriate.
Course ID: ELCC103
Name: PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION SEMINAR
This field practicum consists of full-time supervised placements with appropriately qualified staff for four weeks. Students are placed in daycares, kindergartens, Head Start programs, preschool programs, and other school classrooms. During the practicum, time is designated for integration seminar activity. Students are expected to integrate course theory in and with field placement experiences.
Course ID: ELCC122
Name: ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ELCC
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.
Course ID: RSER103
Name: INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCE
Interpersonal Communications skills are such a vital part of human services. This course provides learners with an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the basic communication concepts and skills, to examine their everyday communication behaviors, and apply their new knowledge and self-awareness to their own experience. The main goal of this experience is to help learners expand their repertoire of skills for communicating more effectively.
Course ID: ELCC107
Name: INFANTS & TODDLERS
ELCC 107 will prepare the student to develop the skills necessary to provide infants and toddlers (age 0-36 months) with the highest quality care and programming possible in home-based and group environments. Knowledge of appropriate techniques and developmentally appropriate learning activities are based on current child development research and the standardized child development goals and objectives.
Course ID: ELCC132
Name: OBSERVING & RECORDING SKILLS & APPLICATIONS
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.
Course ID: RSER101
Name: DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
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 lifestyles.
Course ID: ELCC133
Name: PRACTICUM II/INTEGRATION SEMINAR
Practicum provides students with the opportunity to apply and enhance their skills and knowledge in relation to working with children in a variety of childcare and school settings.
Course ID: ECDE111
Name: GUIDING BEHAVIOUR
Learners will gain an understanding of the skills required for effective intervention techniques designed to positively and appropriately guide the socio-cultural appropriate behavior of preschool and school-age children, thereby, nurturing a safe and healthy environment for children and staff.
Course ID: ELCC130
Name: SCHOOL AGED CARE
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.