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The early childhood education program is a two year course (four years if completed through part time program) which prepares graduates to work in a variety of early learning environments such as preschools, playschools and daycares. Students participating in this program will acquire an understanding of the theories of child development as well as the ability to plan, implement and administer a balanced early learning curriculum. The early childhood education program provides students with a balance of theoretical and practical experiences which give them the opportunity to develop caring, professionalism and integrity in their interactions with children, families and the larger community. Check out our new articulation agreements with Athabasca University (see below).

 

Early Childhood Education Diploma Courses

 

Courses: Year One

 

ECE 1014 Introduction to Human Development

Students will be introduced to the genetic and environmental factors that influence human development in all developmental domains.  In addition they will begin to examine the norms of development from birth to age twelve.  Students will also research and discuss the common theories relating to early human development.

ECE 1023 Creative Experiences for Young Children

Students participating in this course learn to be facilitators for the creative endeavors of the young child in the early learning environment. Students are expected to participate in process oriented endeavors such as weaving, painting and print making. Topics discussed include children’s artistic development, line and color theory.

ECE 1033 Intro to Early Childhood Program Development

In this introductory level course students learn the basic principles necessary to develop programs and curriculum in the early learning environment. Students learn to consider and plan goals and objectives for the child as an individual and for the children as a group. Consideration is also given to integrating specific content areas into the daily plan as well as the need to be able to construct and use a variety of learning materials.

ECE 1053 Creating Appropriate Learning Environments

Students will explore various aspects of creating appropriate physical environments for young children.  Both indoor and outdoor environments will be examined and evaluated using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale.  As well, students will gain an understanding of developmentally appropriate equipment and materials for various age groups.  Methods of grouping young children and daily scheduling will also be addressed.

ECE 1063 Caring for the Caregiver

Professional caregivers must have a knowledge of how a healthy lifestyle can improve their ability to care for others. In this course students are encouraged to make lifestyle choices which will positively affect their personal health and well being. Healthy behaviour and substance use are discussed.

ECE 1073 Guiding and Understanding Behavior

Understanding the hows and whys of children’s behavior is a critical skill. This course gives students an understanding of the possible causes of inappropriate behavior, as well as, an appreciation of how the environment impacts on children’s behavior. The role of the caregiver and teacher in using positive and pro-active methods to help children behave appropriately is a primary focus of the course. Students are introduced to many practical approaches to working positively with young children.

ECE 1083 Introduction to the E.C.E. Profession

Students will examine the evolution of the early childhood profession in Canada. Students will learn about the historical and philosophical roots of the profession. They will also identify and assess current issues affecting professionals working in the field today. Various program models will be examined and critiqued.  Students will develop a Professional Portfolio and examine their image of children and themselves as teachers.

ECE 1093 Nutrition for Young Children

Good nutrition plays a critical role in the healthy development of young children. This course examines the positive effects of good nutrition on the growth and development of the child. Students become familiar with all aspects of Canada’s Food Guide and learn how to design menus that meet the developmental needs of children.

ECE 1103 Movement Experiences

In this interactive course students will be given the opportunity to study the basic movement concepts necessary to provide a balanced program for young children. Music is introduced as a means to enhance movement activities. This is a “hands on the equipment” course where students get to practice what is learned in theory.

ECE 1113 Music Experiences for Young Children

An introductory course to the basic notions of providing music experiences to young children. Students will develop a collection of songs and activities for use in early childhood environments.

ENG 1033 Intro to Professional Reading & Writing 1

A review of basic English grammar, and composition. Students will review academic library procedures for research purposes, as well as, develop analytical and critical thinking skills.  ENG1033 is a pre-requisite for ENG1043.

ENG 1043 Intro to Professional Reading & Writing 2

A review of basic English grammar, and composition. Students will review academic library procedures for research purposes, as well as, develop analytical and critical thinking skills.  ENG1033 is a pre-requisite for ENG1043.

 

Courses: Year Two

 

ECE 1013 Human Development: Conception to Age Three

The focus of this course is on the normal social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of infants and toddlers. Much discussion focuses on the influence of environment and genetics on development and also on how professionals can plan developmentally appropriate environments. Other topics examined include risk factors for growth and development as well as emotional and temperament development. Students will be challenged to connect current theory to their practice. 

ECE 2013 Human Development: Preschool-School Age

The focus of the course is on typical development in the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional domains. The development of children between the ages of three and twelve is the primary focus of the course.  Students are challenged to examine how children's needs and abilities change as they grow and develop and how they must, as quality care givers, adapt their programs to meet these needs.

ECE 2023 Observation and Assessment

The ability to observe and assess children’s development is a necessary prerequisite to becoming an early childhood professional. In this course, students are introduced to good observational practice, as well as, methodology. The focus will be on the observation of children but staff and environmental observation will also be addressed.

ECE 2033 Play and Learning

Play is a significant contributor to the emotional, cognitive, physical and social development of young children. Students need to understand the important role that child care practitioners play in providing developmentally appropriate play spaces, experiences, materials and activities.  Students will reflect on a variety of play experiences and, as a result, gain an understanding of the inherent value of play in the lives of young children.

ECE 2043 Language Development

Students will be introduced to the stages of language development and how they can most effectively foster the development of language as it emerges. Second language learning will also be addressed. Students will be given many practical methods to assist children in developing good language, early reading and early writing skills.

ECE 2053 Working with Families

Early Childhood Educators must have an understanding of the value of family in a child’s life in order to work most effectively with the children in their care. The focus of this course is to assist students in building their awareness of the complexities of family life and how they, as professionals, can work most effectively to provide optimal caring and learning environments for children.

ECE 2063 Health & Safety in Early Childhood Setting

A review of the conditions required for maintaining a safe early childhood environment. Students will review policy and procedure dealing with child abuse, safety and hygiene. Common childhood diseases and conditions will be studied.  All students will receive certification in St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid.

ENG 2013 Critical Reading and Professional Writing

Students will be expected to develop the skills required to do accurate research. Students will research a topic related to children/youth using recognized methodology.

ENG 2023 Professional Research Methods

Various topic areas are addressed with an aim to develop critical thinking skills. Students will examine topical issues and will write about their implication to youth and society in a critical manner. Cultural and lifestyle diversity will form the cornerstones of prescribed readings.

SPE 2013 Introduction to Special Education 1

These courses are designed as an introduction to individuals having special needs. The effect of various environmental and physiological factors will be examined, along with the possible repercussions on behaviour, learning and general development. SPE2013 is a pre-requisite for SPE2023.

SPE 2023 Introduction to Special Education 2

These courses are designed as an introduction to individuals having special needs. The effect of various environmental and physiological factors will be examined, along with the possible repercussions on behaviour, learning and general development. SPE2013 is a pre-requisite for SPE2023.

YHW 1063 Methods in Child and Youth Guidance

Methodology to deal with and modify behavior will be the primary aim. Variousstrategies to deal with difficult behaviors at various stages of development will be examined. Issues of risk and culture as factors affecting behavior will also be addressed.

Information on the 500 hours of practicum requirements can be found on page 17-18 in Student Manual 2016/17

Delivery

2 years of full time study or 4 years of part time study

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Individuals interested in taking select courses and not the complete diploma program must complete sections 1 & 2 on the College application. These students are classified as Professional Development students.
   
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Funding Support Programs: click here for information on Nova Scotia government web site.

Level One Training: click here for information on Nova Scotia government web site.

Articulation Agreement with Athabasca University: click her for details

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