The diploma program builds upon the certificate program and prepares you to work in early learning programs in a supervisory capacity.
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.
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.
Textbooks & Supplies
Early Learning & Child Care and Educational Assistant Booklet
- Successful completion of Early Learning and Child Care Certificate from Portage College or another provincial college
- College transcripts
- 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 locations vary. Students may be required to travel to practicum sites and are responsible for arranging their own transportation, accommodation, and childcare.
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.