Working 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.
Practicum locations vary. Students may be required to travel to practicum sites and are responsible for arranging their own transportation, accommodation, and childcare.
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.
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 ID: ECDE100
Name: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT I
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.
Course ID: ECDE103
Name: FIELD PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION
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 integration seminar at the college. Students integrate class theory with field placement experiences through discussion and group activities.
Course ID: ECDE111
Name: GUIDING BEHAVIOUR
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.
Course ID: ELCC107
Name: INFANTS & TODDLERS
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
Course ID: ELCC114
Name: LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
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.
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: 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.
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: ELCC133
Name: FIELD PRACTICUM II
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 required for integration seminar at the College.
Course ID: ENGL100
Name: WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
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.
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 life styles.
Course ID: RSER103
Name: INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCE
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.