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Early Learning & Child Care Diploma

Portage College will continue to monitor the pandemic situation closely and will make adjustments to program delivery depending on guidance from Alberta Health Services and the Ministry of Advanced Education. Based on this announcement, the Early Learning and Child Care Department will have online lectures and face-to-face practicums for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Early Learning & Child Care Diploma has been delivered very successfully online for many years now. One very important aspect of our online program is that students receive live instruction with instructor-led classes. There is a new course each month and we offer open enrollment so you can start at any time.

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You can continue to work and still get your education with our live classes - two nights a week from 6:30 - 9:00 P.M. Our highly qualified instructors care about your success. Let us be your guide to a rewarding career!

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.

Instructor counting with students

Practicum
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 qualify for Level 3 Early Childhood Educator through Child Care Staff Certification, Government of Alberta, Children 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

Credentials

Diploma

Admission Requirements

  • 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

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.

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.

Location
Online Delivery

Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50

Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $116. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $116.

Other mandatory fees Fall semester

Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Total $193.22

Other mandatory fees Winter semester

Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Total $193.22

Other mandatory fees Spring semester

Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $22.00
Total $164.22

Visit  Portage Bookstore for textbooks and supplies

International Student Fees
Application Fee $160.00

Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $348. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $348.

Other mandatory fees Fall semester

Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Total $193.22

Other mandatory fees Winter semester

Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Total $193.22

Other mandatory fees Spring semester

Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $22.00
Total $164.22

Visit  Portage Bookstore for textbooks and supplies

Tuition Deposit (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs and international only)

Domestic Students - $100
International Students - $500

Need help funding your education? Check out our  funding options.

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.

Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

  • CHILDREN WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES

    Course ID: ECEA209

    Name: CHILDREN WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides learners with knowledge of various types of exceptionalities and with skills to assist in developing appropriate programming strategies for children with exceptional needs and abilities. Student will learn appropriate intervention techniques and how to utilize these when working individually with children and integrated settings. Inclusive education is studied as it relates to Alberta classrooms.

  • ADVANCED STUDIES IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

    Course ID: RSER201

    Name: ADVANCED STUDIES IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course builds on RSER 101 and focuses on developing a greater understanding and appreciation for the multifaceted aspects of developmental disabilities.

  • EARLY LEARNING CHILD CARE CURRICULUM

    Course ID: ELCC212

    Name: EARLY LEARNING CHILD CARE CURRICULUM

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will cover developmentally appropriate practice, the history of early learning, and planning developmentally appropriate activities. Students will also gain an understanding of guiding language and literacy in diverse families.

  • EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION

    Course ID: ECEA201

    Name: EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course focuses on the historical perspectives which have contributed to, and have influenced, the current philosophies and practices in the early childhood field today. With an emphasis on Alberta Education and Early Childhood Services and initiatives, this course explores various contemporary program models.

  • SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

    Course ID: ECEA206

    Name: SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will provide the learner with knowledge of Family types from the lone parent to the combined families; trends and issues that affect Canadian Families; family development from courtship through marriage; factors that affect the family unit including aging, divorce, second marriages, work responsibilities and others; and social factors such as poverty, alcoholism and abuse that may impact the family.

  • PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Course ID: ELCC203

    Name: PRACTICUM I/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Hours: 140

    Credits: 2

    Practicum provides student with the opportunity to apply and enhance their skills and knowledge in relation to working with children in a variety of child care and school settings.

  • CHILD HEALTH

    Course ID: ECDE210

    Name: CHILD HEALTH

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and skills for maintaining and enhancing individual health and wellness for the educator and child. A look at the holistic approach with the concept of wellness and health will be studied. Health issues such as safe administering of medication, nutrition and meal planning, illness prevention and treatment, provision of personal care, healthy living including obesity, physical activity and maltreatment, agencies and procedures related to these, safety both at the workplace and outdoors, policies, and good hygiene are reviewed.

  • DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE GUIDANCE

    Course ID: ELCC211

    Name: DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE GUIDANCE

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will cover the planning and designing of early learning environments and implementing developmentally appropriate guidance. Students will also gain an understanding of management of persistent problem behavior and interacting with diverse families and parents.

  • INTRODUCTION TO DAYCARE ADMINISTRATION

    Course ID: ELCC215

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO DAYCARE ADMINISTRATION

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will cover information specific to operating a child care program including licensing regulations and requirements, funding options, staff supervision, record keeping, and program evaluation

  • LANGUAGE GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

    Course ID: ELCC222

    Name: LANGUAGE GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    In this course students learn the role of reading, writing, speaking and listening in early learning. Skills covered include: early language intervention, application of oral language skills, speech strategies, and speech technologies. Students will develop materials and teaching strategies to effectively assist children with speaking and listening.

  • PRACTICUM II/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Course ID: ELCC233

    Name: PRACTICUM II/INTEGRATION SEMINAR

    Hours: 280

    Credits: 4

    Practicum provides student with the opportunity to apply and enhance their skills and knowledge in relation to working with children in a variety of child care and school settings.

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