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Early Childhood Education Post Basic (Infant/Toddler Specialization)

Program Duration: full-time 18 weeks; part-time 36 weeks

The Early Childhood Education Post Basic (Infant/Toddler Specialization) program is an extension to the ECE program. These courses are for students who are certified as an Early Childhood Educator or are in the process of completing the required hours of work experience. The advanced courses lead to a License to Practice as an Infant/Toddler Educator.

In this program, students will learn how to work with infants and toddlers though a variety of hands-on training that combines theory and practice. The program covers advanced child growth and development; foundations of working with infants/toddlers; program planning; and more.

In order to specialize, students must complete a practicum placement in an infant/toddler setting to develop and implement comprehensive projects that demonstrate their advanced knowledge as well as gain practical experience.

Students will also 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.

Admission 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.

*From an English-language teaching institution.
**19 years of age upon starting classes and Pass the college's English admissions test.

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.



Program Courses

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 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 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 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.

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