- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Social Studies in Early Learning and Child care
Students focus on incorporating key features of Social Study activities into planning for children. Universal family units, social sensitivity, and multiculturalism are covered in detail. Students will complete assignments to further their exploration and understanding of Social Studies learning activities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Community and Relationship Building
Professional responsibilities and the roles of Early Childhood Educators will be explored. The hierarchy and communication among family-based team members as well as the role of staffing will be addressed. Students will also learn about legal and ethical practice issues, the role of confidentiality, acceptable behaviours, and standards of care.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Introductory Field Placement Seminar
Students will be introduced to expectations, policies, and procedures of field placement.
- 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.
- Advanced Field Placement Seminar
Students will be introduced to expectations, policies, and procedures of the advanced field placement.
- 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.