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Early Childhood Education Post Basic

Increasing demand in recent years highlights a growing need for qualified personnel to work with young children as early childhood educators. Those jobs offer challenging and rewarding opportunities for people who want to play a part in children’s development and be helpful in their communities.

In CDI College's Early Childhood Education Post Basic program, students learn how to engage children in many different social and creative activities to facilitate their intellectual and social development. They are also taught classroom management, curriculum planning, and daycare administration.

As part of the program, students will be required to complete practica in various settings to develop and implement comprehensive projects that demonstrate their advanced knowledge as well as gain practical experience.

As part of this program, students will be required to complete observation assignments that will take place in real-world childcare settings, which will be used to complete assignments. These observations hours required by the Ministry of Children & Family Development.

The Early Childhood Education Post Basic program is an extension of the Early Childhood Education program. Students who wish to pursue their diploma in ECE Post Basic will graduate with specializations in both Infant/Toddler and Special Needs.

Admissions Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status.
  • Pass college admissions test.
  • Criminal record check (in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act).
  • Immunization report (form provided by the college).
  • Interview with campus director, program coordinator, or designate.
  • Current resume (record of work history).
  • Three character references.
  • Completion of a Basic Early Childhood Education program from an accredited college.

Program Courses

ECE 4090 - Special Needs Practicum
An integrated community based practicum supervised by a certified special needs educator (sponsor teacher) with additional observation and evaluation by ECE faculty from the college. This practical experience provides the student with opportunities for the development and implementation of comprehensive projects that demonstrate advanced professional knowledge and practice.
ECE 4080 - Program Planning for Children with Special Needs
The emphasis of this module is on adaptation of special care needs and curriculum development to the various group care environments. Child development principles will provide the basis for program planning and implementation.
ECE 4070 - Foundations of Working with Children with Special Needs
This module is designed for those requiring specialized skills in the care and guidance of working with children who require additional support. Students will explore the selection and use of appropriate assessment materials and intervention techniques for working with children who have special needs. A family-centred approach, which focuses on promoting social interactions among children, will be taken.
ECE 4060 - Advanced Health, Safety, & Nutrition
This module equips the student with knowledge and skills for planning, implementing, and evaluating health practices for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children who need extra support in integrated and infant-toddler settings.
ECE 4040 - Infant & Toddler Practicum
An integrated community based practicum supervised by a certified infant-toddler educator (sponsor teacher) with additional observation and evaluation by ECE faculty from the college. This practical experience provides the student with opportunities for the development and implementation of comprehensive projects that demonstrate advanced professional knowledge and practice.
ECE 4050 - Administration Skills for Child Care Centres
This module prepares students in the administrative duties of a pre-school or daycare. Topics such as program philosophy and policy design, financial management, organizational structure, staff development, and relationships with families and community will be highlighted.
ECE 4030 - Program Planning for Infants & Toddlers
Students will build on their prior understanding of developmentally-based, appropriate curriculum for very young children. Students will have opportunities to design high quality infant and toddler programs and activities.
ECE 4020 - Foundations of Working with Infants & Toddlers
Working with infants and toddlers poses new challenges for the early childhood educator. This course will help the student develop the understanding and skills necessary for sensitive and respectful responses to infants and toddlers in group care settings.
ECE 4010 - Interacting with Families, School, & Community
This module examines the knowledge, strategies, and competencies needed by the early childhood educator to collaborate effectively with families of infants, toddlers, and children who need additional support. The ethics of empowerment of families, professionals, and children is also examined. Students will review the family systems approach, communication skills, and the family-centred care model.
ECE 4000 - Advanced Child Growth & Development
Students will review typical development from birth to six years of age. This module includes a focus on recognition of children who require additional support with an emphasis placed on current theory and research. Students will apply their knowledge of child growth and development and individual differences using a case study approach.