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Students must meet the following criteria:
Mature and Out of Province Requirement
English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirement (see Notes (c) and (d) at end of this document).
FIELD PLACEMENT PREREQUISITES
The Early Learning and Child Care diploma program at CDI College is the right place to get the theoretical and practical skills you need to start a career in child care.
In the program, you'll learn through a combination of lectures, group discussions, hands-on practical experience, video presentations, and guest speakers. You will gain the important skills all early childhood educators need, including learning about child development, play, communication and child/family/community relations, and program planning.
Upon graduation, you'll be ready to support the healthy development of children through child-centred learning practices.
This program is approved by the Child Care Brach of Alberta Children's services as meeting the current educational standards for certification of Early Childhood Educators in Alberta. Graduates of the diploma program will meet the program requirements to obtain the Level 3 Early Childhood Educator certification through Alberta Children’s Services.
Throughout the program, students participate in two field placements in different environments, totalling 760 hours. The field placement ensure that once you graduate, you will be ready to start your new career.
There is no Prior Learning or Transfer Credit available for this program. The ELCC Program is not transferable to other Alberta post-secondary institutions.
This program is approved to be offered at the following campuses. Please contact the campus of your choosing for program availability.
The program itself, the instructor, and my classmates have helped me grow so much emotionally and psychologically. I have learned to know myself and to go beyond my limits.
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.
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.
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 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.
This course will further expand the student's knowledge of child growth and development by building on previous learning with an emphasis on the developmental milestones for children between ages of 0-36 months. Current research on neuroscience and how healthy relationships supports brain development will be explored. The importance of prenatal care and family health will also be covered. Students will discuss and explore the role of the early childhood educator in supporting infant and toddlers and their families in creating a healthy and supportive environment. Routines and transitions that support very young children will be covered as students discuss the unique programming considerations for this age group.
Planning for exceptionality will be a primary focus of this course as students explore inclusive practices by considering how children of all development levels can benefit from responsive care. Students will build an awareness of specific developmental challenges and gain of understanding on how to provide learning and interactional opportunities for children with atypical development. Practical strategies to create quality inclusive learning environments for young children will be covered. Students will explore the selection and use of appropriate assessment materials and intervention techniques from a supportive lens in preparation for working with a variety of specialists and experts. A family-centered approach, which focuses on holistic practice, will be taken.
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.
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.
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.
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 nonverbal 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.
The principles of emergent and integrated curriculum will be enhanced as students explore how science, technology, and math concepts can be incorporated throughout the programming cycle of the day. Using the principles of STEM, students will learn how to build a responsive environment that incorporates authentic observation and inquiry through holistic based play experiences. Students will develop core philosophies that are founded in the Alberta Curriculum Framework that supports children as the constructor of their knowledge. Pedagogical documentation that honours the child's interest and self-expression will also be explored.
Students will deepen their understanding of how to nurture creative expression in young children by exploring the Arts in a variety of areas in the planning cycle. Storytelling, Drama, Art, Design and Music will be the focus of an expanding foundation that will guide the student on how to support children in self-expression and creativity.
This course will build on previous coursework from the certificate program that supports students understanding in how emergent curriculum can be developed by examining patterns of play and children's interest. Students will be guided through a planning cycle to understand how the voice of the child is an integral part of curriculum and how collaboration between the child, the educator and the community can create an enriched and holistic program. A more in-depth look at integrated programming will also be covered as students incorporate the principles of literacy, numeracy and societal awareness into their programming. The educator as a scribe and documenter will be explored as further learning on the importance of pedagogical documentation will be discussed. In addition, students will learn how families, the environment, reflective practice and authentic assessment are vital components to an effective and well-developed curriculum.
In this course, students will learn the importance of active play in early learning settings. Physical literacy, mental and physical well-being, and a healthy lifestyle will be a primary focus as students learn how to program for play that is high energy and promotes big body movements. Students will also learn how to adapt programming for the Canadian climate to ensure that outdoor play is considered through-out the year.
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.
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.
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. Historical context of both Canadian and Albertan Early Learning practices will create a foundation for an expanded understanding of today's issues. Special attention to advocacy will be covered as students learn how to effectively develop an informed opinion on the future of Early Learning and the challenges facing the Early Childhood Educator today. Students will also explore ethical practices in early learning as they explore the code of conduct that guides the ELCC professional.
Students will learn the theories behind working in professional groups and how to effectively participate in a variety of collaborative teams. Effective communication skills, self-evaluation and professional responsibilities will also be discussed. Students will learn how to incorporate successful problem-solving strategies and perspective-taking when working with adults and develop techniques that support inclusiveness and diversity in sensitive conversations with families and within collaborative teams.
During this course, students will explore family dynamics within Canadian communities, focusing on their similarities and cultural and economic differences. Students will examine the factors that affect Canadian families and will explore the diversity of each family unit. Recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect and how to ensure that proper procedure is followed if abuse and neglect is suspected will also be covered. Students will begin to understand the important role that family, communities and support networks play in early childhood education.
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.
Students will learn the role of out-of-school workers and how they can assist in creating safe and stimulating learning environments.
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.
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.
Students will be introduced to expectations, policies, and procedures of 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.
Students will be introduced to expectations, policies, and procedures of the advanced field placement.
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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