Location
Start Dates

  • January 10, 2022
Duration

2Terms

Program Delivery

  • Any-time Online
  • Off-Campus
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $4,651
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $670

This program is not open to international applicants.

Program Description

You can make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. The full-time eight-month (two terms) Early Childhood Education and Development Certificate program prepares you to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and plan emergent play experiences for the children in your care. You will gain knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning that will equip you to support the healthy development of children through child-centred learning experiences. 
This program combines theory and practice and graduates are eligible for Level 2 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Worker) certification from Alberta Human Services.

Interested in advancing even further in Early Childhood Education and Development?

Bow Valley College also offers a two-year Early Childhood Education and Development Diploma program.

Delivery mode

The Early Childhood Education and Development Certificate program is delivered through our online learning platform and learning activity takes place at the times and locations of the learners choosing. Practicums include on-site activity and online seminars.
Students may choose to take fewer courses each term and extend the length of their program.

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Domestic Applicants

Welcome Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402


Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

*Subject to change

  • Credit in either English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent

OR:

  • Successful completion of the General Educational Development test (GED) test, that consists of five tests, with a minimum score in the following sections:
    • Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
    • Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score

OR:

  • Satisfactory results on the BVC Admissions Test
English Language Proficiency Requirements

Pre-practicum Requirement
  • A current Police Information Check (PIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) must be submitted prior to practicum placements. The existence of a criminal record may postpone or prevent clinical, practicum, or field work placements and, subsequently, successful completion of the program.

Transferability

Transfer opportunities are available to a variety of institutions. Transfer credits are reviewed and accepted on an individual basis by the institution to which you apply. Here are the most current transfer agreements:

  • Athabasca University: Bachelors of Professional Arts: Human Services Major
    Students who graduate from the certificate program are required to complete an additional 30 university level credits prior to being admitted into the Bachelor of Professional Arts program.  
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Domestic Applicants

Welcome Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402

Course Listing


Full course outlines are available here.

Curriculum subject to change.

Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

This introductory course addresses the cognitive and physical development of the child from conception to twelve years of age. Learners evaluate theories and principles informing child development from a world view, including multicultural and indigenous perspectives. Learners also address the application of evidence-based practice in the area of outdoor play as it relates to child development.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This survey course focuses on understanding the goals and essential components for the development of successful early childhood programs. Through the study of the role of early childhood professionals, students will gain insight into their own philosophy of early childhood education.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

This first-year composition course introduces learners to academic writing and critical thinking. They read and analyze sociopolitical, cultural, and gender issues in texts with an emphasis on experiences of people whose voices were historically silenced, particularly those of Indigenous communities in Canada. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing source material. Learners present their written assignments professionally according to APA formatting guidelines.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and scheduled or non-scheduled online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class and/or online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of non-scheduled and scheduled activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This introductory practicum provides learners with the opportunity to develop a foundation in play-based skills and knowledge. Seminar topics can include health and safety, intercultural awareness, emergent curriculum, and prevention of child maltreatment. From interviews with current educators to touring childcare programs, learners establish understanding of their image of the child and of the educator in practice. This practicum is a combination of professional observation, practical experience in the lab classroom at the College, and integrated class seminars.

Course Delivery
Off-Campus A course delivery mode where learners participate in scheduled activity at a non-college site. May include clinical, practicum, work experience, fieldwork, or similar components.

This course is an introduction to Indigenous cultural experience and perspectives. Learners analyze the foundations for stereotypes, bias and false narratives that impact Indigenous ways of being in Canada. Learners consider how legal and social policy impacts Indigenous identity. Euro-Canadian perspectives and beliefs toward Indigenous people are discussed. Learners explore the experience and Indigenous worldview in the Canadian context.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

This introductory course explores the role of play in children's development and how play is integral to a child's developmental needs. Students explore the relationship of play to the different developmental stages, as well as the role of the environment and the early childhood educator in enhancing children's play. This course focuses on the planning of inclusive and appropriate play environments including indoor and outdoor play experiences. Learners explore a variety of play situations and materials used in
childcare settings.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

In this course, learners explore how families are integrated within larger social systems; how patterns of social power and inequality shape Canadian families; as well as how and why the family is critical to the socialization process. The course culminates in the critical assessment of issues affecting families in Canada.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of non-scheduled and scheduled activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Through practice and reflection, learners nuture personal and professional relationships using interpersonal communication skills. With a focus on other-oriented communication, learners demonstrate how inequities and power dynamics influence relationships.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This second semester practicum course prepares learners to apply play-based skills and early childhood development theories to their practice under the guidance of a practicum instructor and a designated mentor. Adhering to early childhood research and the guidelines from Alberta's Early Learning Framework, learners critically consider aspects of their role as an early childhood educator, a co-learner, a co-researcher, and a co-imaginer, including observing, documenting, planning learning experiences, working with families, building relationships, maintaining health, safety, and nutrition standards.

This practicum provides a combination of practical experience in an early childhood setting and weekly integrated seminars. Learners must complete 200 practicum hours and 45 hours of seminar in addition to practicum experiential learning activities to meet the requirement for Provincial certification purposes.

Course Delivery
Off-Campus A course delivery mode where learners participate in scheduled activity at a non-college site. May include clinical, practicum, work experience, fieldwork, or similar components.

Through the lens of cultural context, this course provides an understanding of Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory and its relationship to social-emotional wellbeing. Learners inform and modify curriculum experiences through observation, documentation, and reflection to model learning environments that support the social-emotional development of children. Support strategies to foster social-emotional development and respectful cooperative relationships with children, family and community are developed.

Course Delivery

Program FAQs

The Child Development Worker/Child Development Supervisor certification from Ministry of Children’s Services Child Care Staff Certification office, and the First Aid certificate for child care professionals. 
 

If you have prior work experience or have taken courses comparable to those required under this program at another institution, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or transfer credit. For more information, please contact our Registrar's Office at (403) 410-1400.

All requests must be submitted prior to the start of the program.  

 

The transferability options are listed on the Early Childhood Education and Development Certificate and Diploma pages from the School of Community Studies programs and courses pages.

 

The certificate learners get a maximum of three years to complete the program and the diploma learners get five years. The most courses that a learner can take per semester are five—four theory courses and one practicum course. If a learner takes five courses per semester, the learner can complete the certificate program in two semesters and the diploma in four. To ensure your success in the program, please adjust the course load to maintain a good balance between your school and personal life.

Yes. A current Police Information Check (PIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) must be submitted prior to practicum placements and ELCC course work. The existence of a criminal record may postpone or prevent practicum or field work placements and subsequently, successful completion of the program.
 
You can work as a Child Development Worker or Child Development Supervisor in day care, pre-school, out of school care programs. 

Planning your course schedule according to availability and prerequisites requires some consideration.

Plan the sequence of your courses with this 2018/19 schedule.  

Once you are a registered student in a program one of the Academic Advisors in the Office of the Registrar can also assist you with planning. 

 

If you are taking an online course, you should make sure your computer has the following applications: 

  • Reliable internet access – DSL or cable connections are highly recommended.
  • We recommend Windows 7 or 10 (preferred) or Mac OS software; Microsoft Office 2013 (minimum); Adobe Acrobat Reader; and a media player such as Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime, or Windows Media Player.
  • Some courses might require additional software or applications packages. You will be given this information before starting the course.
  • We recommend Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari as browsers. D2L does not work well with Internet Explorer.
The certificate program textbooks cost is approximately $655 and for the diploma is $1490. 
Yes, the practicum is a course in itself and all learners have to complete it in order to graduate. There are mandatory workshops and seminar in the practicum which are integral part of the practicum. 
Yes, you can. You have to get an approval from your director and the ECED program.
You can do practicum at your day home, if it is registered with a day home agency. You have to get an approval from the agency and the ECED program.
The PIC should be dated no earlier than 90 days from the start of the program. If your PIC/VSS is older, then you have to apply for new PIC/VSS. It will be good for two years.
You can submit your PIC on Brightspace/D2L, the learner management system used by the college, two week prior to the semester start date. The instructions on how to submit PIC will be provided on the ELCC program pages. 
Related Programs
Diploma

Early Childhood Education and Development Diploma

The Early Childhood Education and Development Diploma program prepares you to work in child care settings with young children and families as a frontline caregiver or as a supervisor.


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