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Programes and Courses

Early Childhood Education

Early Learning Child Care Diploma

program courses

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • ELCC 250 - Introductory Field Placement Seminar
  • Students will be introduced to expectations, policies, and procedures of field placement.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • ELCC 265 - Field Placement II
  • Students will continue with an additional 380 hours of field placement to add to the work experience in which they continue to 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.

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  • ELCC 300 - Guiding Child Behaviour II
  • This course will continue the exploration of strategies for guidance, discipline, and conflict will be examined through in class work and observation assignments. Problem-solving strategies and child-centered approach to classroom management will be explored.

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  • ELCC 310 - History of Early Learning and Child Care
  • This course will detail the history of the ECE environment in Alberta including an overview of the certification agency and acts and regulations responsible for childcare facilities and childcare facility staff. Students complete assignments to build practical understanding of licensing, staff qualifications, educator/child ratio, and activities.

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  • ELCC 315 - Issues in Childhood Education
  • This course will focus on an examination of contemporary issues in the field of early learning. Students will be exposed to emerging issues and possibilities to expand their knowledge on pedagogy and practice.

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  • ELCC 320 - Early Mathematics
  • Young children have a natural tendency to explore and experiment as they attempt to make systematic sense of their environment. Mathematics provides an important set of tools for this process. Students will plan activities for the progression from one-to-one correspondence to number line and sets.

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  • ELCC 325 - Music and Movement in Early Learning
  • This course deals with physical, social, and emotional growth through a variety of structured music and movement programs. Students record and describe the ways in which children are exposed to music and how it can be utilized to set atmosphere, ease transitions and waiting periods, and guide and redirect behaviour.

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  • ELCC 330 - Science in the Early Years
  • Science provides the opportunity for children to observe and interpret their environment. This course will enable students to build and incorporate early science activities into the childcare setting. Students will complete assignments to further their exploration and understanding of Science learning.

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  • ELCC 335 - Drama in Early Learning and Child Care
  • The dramatic movement component is designed for students to understand what movement and drama education is and to understand the rationale in teaching expressive and creative movement to children.

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  • ELCC 350 - Planning for Exceptionalities
  • The focus of this course is designed to give students an insight to how children of all abilities can be included in the playroom. Students will explore assessment materials and intervention techniques.

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  • ELCC 355 - Administration in Early Learning and Child Care
  • Basic centre administration will be covered including budgeting, scheduling, centre structure and organization. Students will also be advised on job finding resources and on interview skills and techniques.

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  • ELCC 360 - Advanced Field Placement Seminar
  • Students will be introduced to expectations, policies, and procedures of the advanced field placement.