Early Learning & Child Care Diploma

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The Early Learning and Child Care Diploma prepares the student to work in a supervisory capacity in children's programs at the early childhood level (ages 0-12). Emphasis is on the development of knowledgeable and skilled practitioners who can model and lead best practices in early learning and child care. The program course content provides the student with advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of: developmentally appropriate programming strategies for children with diverse abilities and backgrounds; specialized practice in meeting the needs of children with exceptionalities and developmental disabilities; sociology of the Canadian family; building interpersonal relationships with children and their families; professionalism and leadership in the work environment; nurturing child health and wellness; enhanced learning strategies in language and literacy; advanced skills in guiding and managing behavior. The program offers a combination of theoretical instruction and practical learning experiences in an early learning environment.

Credential
Diploma

Admission Requirements
Successful completion of Early Learning and Child Care Certificate from Portage College or another provincial college, college transcripts, Criminal Record Check. Mature students who lack the required academic background may be granted admission based on mature status. Applicants may be required to do an interview with the Program Coordinator and it may be necessary to complete admission testing to assess academic abilities. Students may be required to travel to practicum sites and are responsible for arranging their own transportation, accommodation and child care. 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 Diploma program are prepared to work effectively with children and their families in preschool programs, daycares, day homes, and other agencies providing services and support to children from birth to age twelve.

Transferability
Some courses are transferable to the Portage College Educational Assistant program. Transferability to other provincial colleges is available. 60 block credit transfer to Athabasca University BPA program.

Course List

  • ECDE210 - CHILD HEALTH
  • ECEA201 - EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION
  • ECEA206 - SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
  • ECEA209 - CHILDREN WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES
  • ELCC203 - FIELD PRACTICUM I
  • ELCC211 - DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE GUIDANCE
  • ELCC212 - EARLY LEARNING CHILD CARE CURRICULUM
  • ELCC215 - INTRODUCTION TO DAYCARE ADMINISTRATION
  • ELCC222 - LANGUAGE GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
  • ELCC233 - FIELD PRACTICUM II
  • RSER201 - ADVANCED STUDIES IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES