Early Learning & Child Care Certificate

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PhotoWorking with children can be a rewarding and fulfilling career. If you have a high interest in working with children then obtaining the Early Learning and Child Care Certificate is the right fit for you. 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 to all students in an early learning environment. The Early Learning instructors are dedicated to ensuring you have the best experience online. This program is designed for people who wish to stay in their community and want to pursue a career in Early Learning and Child Care.

Credential: Certificate

Admission Requirements:

  • Grade 12 or equivalent including; English 30-1 or 30-2 (30 or 33), Math 10C or 10-3, Math 10 (Applied or Pure), Math 10 or 13, a score of 12.9 on Nelson Denny Test (if less than 60% in English 30 or English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • 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 at our Moodlesite.

 

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

                                                  
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.

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.

Course List

  • ECDE100 - HUMAN DEVELOPMENT I
  • ECDE103 - FIELD PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION
  • ECDE111 - GUIDING BEHAVIOUR
  • ELCC107 - INFANTS & TODDLERS
  • ELCC114 - LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
  • ELCC122 - ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ELCC
  • ELCC130 - SCHOOL AGED CARE
  • ELCC132 - OBSERVING & RECORDING SKILLS & APPLICATIONS
  • ELCC133 - FIELD PRACTICUM II
  • ENGL100 - WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
  • RSER101 - DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • RSER103 - INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCE