Early Childhood Care and Learning Diploma

 

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).

Prerequisite: ECCL 154
Corequisite: ECCL 167
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

Post-basic courses for Early Childhood Care and Learning are offered on a rotating basis. Contact the School Dean at 250-561-5826 for more information.

Early Childhood Care and Learning

  • Credential: 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.