Early Childhood Care and Learning

 

What you'll learn

Semester 1

ECCL 150 Developmental Perspectives I

This course will include the study of contemporary theories in growth and development of the child from conception to 24 months. Genetics and environmental factors affecting typical and atypical development at the prenatal, neonatal, infant, and toddler stages of development will be examined. Growth and development in the key developmental domains including social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language will be discussed as part of ongoing lifespan development. Strategies for identifying atypical development and the use of community resources for parent and child support will be also explored.

Prerequisite: Admission to Early Childhood Care and Learning Certificate Program
3 CR (5,0)

ECCL 154 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in ECCL

This course will focus on the major historic and current theories that impact the field of Early Childhood Care and Learning. The student will be exposed to a variety of perspectives that support the development of contextually appropriate practices. The role of play in the overall development of the preschool child is examined. The ECEBC Code of Ethics will be explored as a standard of practice for caring for young children and families.

Prerequisite: Admission to Early Childhood Care and Learning Certificate Program
3 CR (5,0)

ECCL 165 Responsive Curriculum I

Based on the philosophy that natural play provides the foundation for children’s growth and development, this experiential course focuses on curriculum planning and teaching strategies. At the end of this course the student will be able to develop and implement programming plans for curriculum areas such as art, storytelling, music, and movement. The focus will be on developing an educational philosophy through experiential learning and self-reflection.

Prerequisite: Admission to Early Childhood Care and Learning Certificate Program
3 CR (5,0)

ECCL 170 Observing and Recording

This course introduces the student to a variety of methods for objectively observing, recording and interrupting child behaviour for evaluation and assessment purposes. A College of New Caledonia Child Care facility can function as the lab setting for this course, but other sites may be used with faculty consultation and approval.

Prerequisite: Admission to Early Childhood Care and Learning Certificate Program
3 CR (3,2)

ECCL 172 Health and Wellness

Students will examine the overall health, safety, and nutritional needs of children from infancy through to five years of age. Emphasis is placed on the role and responsibilities of the educator in establishing and maintaining safe nurturing environments for children in cooperation with families. This is achieved with an understanding of licensing regulations, policies, and practices promoting the health and well-being of children. Students will also gain an understanding of how their own wellness impacts their practice.

Prerequisite: Admission to Early Childhood Care and Learning Certificate Program
3 CR (5,0)

ECCL 178 Professional Interactions

Professional interactions will support the learner’s understanding of how to develop, maintain and navigate work place relationships. The student will be developing skills related to active listening, perception checks, establishing professional boundaries and exploring confidentiality and ethical issues in early care and learning settings. The student will explore how values and beliefs influence perception and document and assess their communication skills.

Prerequisite: Admission to Early Childhood Care and Learning Certificate Program
3 CR (5,0)

ECCL 190 Practicum I

Practicum I introduces the student to the early care and learning environment. Students gain practical experience working with young children and families while working under a licensed early childhood educator. The student is given the opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate contextually appropriate curriculum activities under supervision. During practicum students are required to attend a weekly two-hour seminar.

Prerequisite: Admission to Early Childhood Care and Learning Certificate Program
Pre- or corequisites: ECCL 150, 154, 165, 170, 172, 178
4 CR (8 seminar hours, 120 lab hours)

Semester 2

ECCL 151 Developmental II

This course will include the study of contemporary theories in growth and development of the child from 24 to 60 months. Growth and development in the key developmental domains including social/emotional, physical, cognitive, language, and spiritual development will be discussed as part of ongoing lifespan development. Strategies for identifying atypical development and the use of community resources for parent and child support will be explored and utilized to establish goals for the developing child in the social context of the changing family and society.

Prerequisites: ECCL 150, 190
3 CR (5,0)

ECCL 156 Care and Guidance

This course examines a theoretical framework of guidance principles and techniques which support children’s optimal development. Emphasis is placed on responding to the needs of the individual, promoting positive self-concept, fostering pro-social behaviour, and the factors that may impact behaviours (e.g., development, temperament, culture, environment, socio-economic status or family culture).

3 CR (5,0)

ECCL 166 Responsive Curriculum II

This course is a continuation of Responsive Curriculum I. The student will acquire further knowledge, experience and skill in planning, implementing, and evaluating learning environments for groups of children based on sound educational philosophy and research. Areas such as blocks, dramatic play, math, science and cooking will be explored.

Prerequisite: ECCL 165
3 CR (5,0)

ECCL 167 Responsive Environments

Students examine the importance of the role of the environment to children’s growth and learning. Emphasis is placed on using pedagogical narration/learning stories to understand and respond to children’s interests and needs. A variety of materials and learning experiences are explored that support early learning and respect for children and families.

Prerequisites: ECCL 154, 165, 190
3 CR (5,0)

ECCL 175 Families

This course will examine the interrelationships between the home and the child care program. Attention is given to developing an effective culturally inclusive parent program curriculum to support the diverse nature of today’s families. The student will investigate the current status of the Canadian family and the issues confronting it. The role of the early childhood educator as an advocate for children and families will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: Admission to Early Childhood Care and Learning Certificate Program
3 CR (5,0)

ECCL 195 Practicum II

Students take on a larger role in curriculum planning and begin guiding children’s behaviour during this intermediate level practicum. The student is responsible for planning contextually appropriate experiences for the children and families.

Beginning supervision skills are developed while students work with large and small groups of children. During practicum, students are required to attend a weekly two-hour seminar.

Prerequisite: ECCL 190, ECCL 170
Corequisites: ECCL 151, 156, 166, 175, 178
4 CR (8 seminar hours, 120 lab hours)

Intersession

ECCL 199 Practicum III

Practicum III is the final practicum in the ECCL program. Under mentorship of a licensed early childhood educator and ECCL faculty, the student plans, implements and evaluates curriculum daily for the diverse needs of children and families in an early childhood care and learning program. The student takes on a leadership role and is responsible for guiding and facilitating daily experiences for large and small groups of children and their families. Students are also required to attend a weekly two-hour seminar.

Prerequisite: ECCL 150, 151, 154, 156, 165, 166, 167, 170, 172, 175, 178, 190, 195
6 CR (12 seminar hours, 168 lab hours)

Post-Basic Courses

These courses provide graduates of the Early Childhood Care and Learning Certificate program with the post-basic training necessary to qualify as an Infant and Toddler Educator or Special Needs Educator.

You must have successfully completed the Early Childhood Care and Learning Certificate or Early Childhood Education Certificate program to register and receive credit for post-basic courses. Non-credit students (e.g., family day care providers) and general interest students will be accepted if spaces are available.

Core Courses

ECCL 251 Advanced Developmental Perspectives

This course will provide students with a foundation for designing contextually appropriate inclusive programs for infants and toddlers and children with exceptionalities. Through a strength based lens learners will utilize methods of observing and recording to assess children’s developmental progress as a tool for early detection and intervention. Students will evaluate early care and learning environments and the impact of environment on development

CR 3 / (3, 0)

ECCL 252 Leadership and Administration in Early Childhood Care and Learning Settings

This course is an introductory look at the administrative aspects of operating a child care centre and explores what it means to be a leader in the program, the community and the field. This course identifies necessary functions relating indirectly to children; for example, handling finances, hiring staff, leadership and management, cleaning and maintenance policies and procedures, etc. Provincial legislation regulating child care is also examined. The learner will be introduced to issues encountered by child care administrators.

3 CR (3,1)

ECCL 272 Advanced Health and Wellness

This course will focus on the study of health, safety, and nutritional requirements for infants, toddlers and children with exceptionalities in inclusive early learning environments. BC Child Care Licensing Regulations will be utilized as the framework from which learners will develop, maintain, and report health and safety policies. The interconnectedness between caregiver and child, health and wellness will be explored. Canada’s Food Guide and the BC Child Care Licensing Regulations will be used as a foundation for menu planning, meal preparation and safety requirements to provide optimal developmental opportunities for infants, toddlers and children with exceptionalities.

3 CR (3,0)

ECCL 275 Partnerships with Families

This course will examine the interrelationships between the home and the child care program. Attention is given to developing effective family centered inclusive curriculum that considers and supports the diverse nature of today’s families. The student is asked to reflect on her/ his world view to develop an understanding of how this will impact her/his inclusive practice with children and families. Strategies are presented to assist the student in developing effective parent-educator communication.

3 CR (3,0)

Infant and Toddler Specialization

ECCL 255 Program Planning for Infants and Toddlers

Utilizing knowledge of the growth of children under 36 months, learners apply the principles of responsive care to nurturing relationships, program planning and designing environments. Learners will also explore working collaboratively with families and defining their professional identity.

3 CR (3,1)

ECCL 295 Infant-Toddler Practicum

Under mentorship of a licensed Infant/Toddler Early Childhood Educator and ECCL faculty the learner plans, implements and evaluates curriculum for the diverse needs of infants and toddlers in an Early Childhood Care and Learning Program. The student takes on a leadership role and is responsible for guiding and facilitating daily experiences for the individual infant or toddler, small groups of children (under 36 months) and their families. Students are also required to attend a weekly two-hour seminar.

Prerequisite: ECCL 251, 252, 255, 272, 275
4 CR / (12 seminar hours, 200 lab hours)

Special Needs Specialization

ECCL 256 Introduction to Inclusive Child Care

This course will provide an introductory overview of inclusive child care, with a focus on children birth through five requiring extra supports. The student will apply knowledge of growth and development, culture, family dynamics, as well as observing and recording in order to assist in developing a holistic view of the individual child. The student will examine typical and atypical growth and development, and explore a variety of assessment materials and intervention techniques for working with children who have special needs.


3 CR (3,1)

ECCL 299 Special Needs Practicum

Under mentorship of a Special Needs Early Childhood Educator and ECCL faculty the learner plans, implements and evaluates curriculum for the various needs and abilities of children, 168 Course Descriptions For the most current information on fees, courses and programs visit www.cnc.bc.ca 2017-18 College of New Caledonia Program Guide and Course Calendar 17.10.17 which reflects and respects diversity. The student takes on a leadership role and is responsible for guiding and facilitating daily experiences for the diverse abilities of the individual child, small groups of children and their families in an inclusive practice setting. Students are also required to attend a weekly two-hour seminar.

Prerequisite: ECCL 251, 252, 256, 272, ECCL 275
4 CR / (12 seminar hours, 200 lab hours)

Early Childhood Care and Learning

  • Credential: Certificate, Diploma
  • Type: Full or part-time
  • Length: 9 months
  • Campus: Prince George; offered through Quesnel - starts September 2016; Vanderhoof (part time); individual courses may be available at other campuses
  • Fees: $4,515
These fees are an estimate.