Make a difference in the lives of children, family, and communities. The 8-month (full-time) Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Certificate program prepares graduates to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and plan emergent play experiences for the children in their care. Knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning will equip graduates to support the healthy development of children through child-centered learning experiences.
The program combines theory and practice and graduates are eligible for Child Development Worker certification from Alberta Human Services (formerly referred to as Level 2).
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This introductory course focuses on the development of children from conception to twelve years of age, including the physical child, the thinking child, the social child and the whole child, as well as introducing atypical development. Students will study key theories and theorists in child development.
This survey course focuses on understanding the goals and essential components for the development of successful early childhood programs. Through the study of the role of early childhood professionals, students will gain insight into their own philosophy of early childhood education.
Learners choose 1 of the above electives.
Learners will explore various genres of English composition. This course is not remedial; competency in high-school grammar and composition is required.
This practicum is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply acquired skills and knowledge from a play-based perspective in appropriate childcare settings under the supervision of the College practicum supervisor and a designated mentor in the childcare setting. Basic health, safety and nutrition, observation and documentation, and appropriate practice with children across curricular areas are included through practice and seminar. Pre or Co Requisites: 6 credits of year 1 Early Learning and Child Care content coursework.
This introductory course will explore the role of play in children’s development and how play is integral to a child’s developmental needs. Students will develop an understanding of the relationship of play to the different developmental stages, as well as the role of the environment and the early childhood practitioner in enhancing children’s play. This course focuses on the planning of inclusive and appropriate play environments including indoor and outdoor play experiences. Students will explore a variety of play situations/materials in used childcare settings.
This course introduces sociology of the family while developing a greater command of sociological imagination from various sociological perspectives. In addition, this course provides learners with a thorough grounding in both the theoretical and substantive issues in the sociological study of families. Issues dealt with include: how changes in the Canadian and global economies impact the definition of family; how the idea of family impacts the society's order; or whether common attitudes and beliefs about families can be proven empirically. As issues arise, learners explore demographic trends; examine how the challenges faced by families are social issues; and weigh common attitudes and stereotypes about families. Learners challenge the social practices, perceptions, and experiences related to families that are often taken for granted as "common sense", inevitable, or natural reality.
This introductory course provides an understanding of children's behaviour in a developmental context, and the importance of realistic expectations of children in various stages. The social development of the young child will be examined in the context of positive guidance to support self regulation. Appropriate strategies to help children to develop positive self-esteem and develop appropriate behaviour will be discussed. The prevention of behaviour problems through developmentally appropriate practices and interventions will be emphasized.
Healthy interpersonal relationships are central to our happiness, overall well-being, and work place success. Effective communication, including mindful listening, conflict resolution, non-verbal communication, managing emotions, and perception checking, are critical in such interpersonal relationships. This course has been designed to aid students as they develop strategies necessary for effective and accurate communication in relationship with others, whether those relationships exist in a work place, a family, a friendship, or a classroom. It focuses on the development of personal strengths and self-awareness that contribute to the development of communication skills and positive relationships.
This practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge of the role of the educator in appropriate childcare settings under the supervision of the College practicum supervisor and a designated mentor in the childcare setting. Further discussion of working with diverse families and communities, the role of the educator in observation, documentation, the child’s voice, and play and working as a team member are included through practice and seminar. Pre or Co Requisites: 12 credits of year 1 Early Learning and Child Care content coursework and a grade of P in HHC0340.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
Graduates of this program may be accepted into:
Some transfer available from: