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Early Learning Child Care Certificate

The Early Learning and Child Care certificate program has been designed to provide students with a practical approach to child care learning. The program combines lectures, group discussions, hands-on practical experience, video presentations, and guest speakers.

The aim of this program is to provide students with the skills needed to work in the child care field. Students will learn about child development, play, communication and child/family/community relations, and program planning. Graduates will be equipped to support healthy development of children through child-centred learning practices.

This program meets the instructional and practicum hours as set down by Alberta Human Services, Early Childhood Development Branch. Practicums for this program are conducted at the student’s place of employment. Graduates of this certificate program will meet the program requirements to obtain the Child Development Worker certification through Alberta Human Services, Early Childhood Development Branch. 

Program Courses

ELCC 105 - Child Growth and Development
In this in-depth study of all aspects of child development from infancy to late childhood, students will take a detailed look at theories related to human development and how these theories are related to childhood growth and development. During this intensive study of all aspects of child development, students will gain the knowledge needed to identify typical growth patterns in children. There is also an open and supportive forum to discuss potential fears and concerns students may have as they anticipate field placement.
ELCC 200 - Language Development
This course will explore various strategies as it relates to language development in early childhood. The four major areas of language development will be studied as they relate to listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will develop an understanding of the six-step consequence of language development and will learn how to apply this learning to the planning, and implementation of listening games and activities, stimulating imagination, curriculum planning, and age-appropriate materials. The critical importance and purpose of literacy and language development at an early age will be discussed.
ELCC 240 - Health, Safety, Nutrition, and Well-Being
This course focuses on acquiring specific information and practices that will assist the Early Childhood Educator in creating a safe and healthy environment for young children. Students will be presented varying policies and procedures for addressing illness prevention, disease transmission, abuse, safety in child care environments, and healthy nutrition according to the Canada Food Guide.
ELCC 230 - Theories of Child Development
Theories and views related to child development will be covered in depth. The student will be introduced to key theorists in child development with a focus on both the ages and stages approach and the cultural context approach. Practical applications for using the theories in supporting child development will be covered.
ELCC 210 - Introduction to Program Planning
The focus of this course is on the development and implementation of developmentally appropriate activities. Students will learn how to set learning objectives and design and evaluate activities and lessons.
ELCC 215 - Philosophies of Play
This course focuses on the development of strategies, based on theories of play, to enhance the value of constructive and positive play in the childcare environment. The module also explores the different developmental play experience stages.
ELCC 220 - Early Literacy
Diverse lifestyles, multi-cultural experiences, and varied social settings are explored through the construct of imaginative play environments. Assignments include the development of play prop boxes that can be used to encourage creative and dramatic play with children.
ELCC 225 - Art and Early Learning
Students will be introduced to the value of music, dance, drama, and visual art activities, which help develop the child’s ability to express himself or herself in a non-verbal way. Aesthetic growth is accomplished by having the child participate directly in a wide variety of quality experiences through sounds, instruments, and art and body movement. Students will explore ways of enhancing these forms of expression in children.
ELCC 205 - Guiding Child Behaviour
This course will develop practitioner skills necessary to provide a positive, safe, and nurturing environment. Strategies for guidance, discipline, and conflict will be examined through inclass work and observation assignments. Problem-solving strategies and child-centered approach to classroom management will be explored.
ELCC 245 - Communication and Stress Management
This course will introduce students to positive communication skills, verbal and non-verbal, in an ever-changing diverse and multicultural environment. Communication, conflict resolution, and issue understanding are key elements explored in this module.
ELCC 100 - English
The overall objective of this course is to strengthen reading, writing, and speaking skills at the post-secondary level in order to further enhance adult student performance at school and in the work place. Students will write essays, build on their strengths in public speaking, and report on assigned readings.
ELCC 235 - Addressing Needs of Out of School Care Children
Students will learn the role of out-of-school workers and how they can assist in creating safe and stimulating learning environments.
ELCC 260 - Introduction to Computers
This course is a broad-based introduction to using a personal computer. It teaches the fundamentals of an operating system and the most popular application software. Students will also learn about the Internet, Web browsers, electronic mail, and antivirus software.
ELCC 250 - Introductory Field Placement Seminar
Students will be introduced to expectations, policies, and procedures of field placement.
ELCC 255 - Field Placement
Students will undergo field work experience in which they plan and deliver childcare. Students will have numerous opportunities to complete prepared activity plans, observe children at play, observe and evaluate typical, and challenging behaviours. There will be supervision by a certified Early Childhood Educator. During this competency based practicum, students will also be observed and evaluated by an ELCC Faculty member from the College.