Location
Start Dates

  • August 30, 2018
Duration

3Terms

Course Delivery

  • In Class
  • Any-time Online
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $4,351
International: CAD $12,878
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $670

Program Description

You can make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. The 1 year (3 term) Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) 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 Child Development Worker certification from Alberta Human Services.

Interested in advancing even further in ELCC?

Bow Valley College also offers a two-year ELCC diploma program.

Practicum project

Practicums will be held at an accessible regional licensed child care facility approved by the Program Coordinator.

Award-winning curriculum
  • Program Excellence Award – Association of Canadian Community Colleges, 2010
  • Innovation of the Year – League for Innovation in the Community College, 2009
Delivery options

The ECED Certificate program in the Foothills is offered during the evenings and weekends in a traditional classroom setting with an onsite instructor, plus a weekly online course.

It is suggested that learners registered in the traditional full-time Early Childhood Education and Development Diploma program to write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) assessment in term one.

Course Listings Request More Information
Okotoks Campus

11 Elizabeth Street
Okotoks, AB  T1S1A8
(403) 476-2233
bvcokotoks@bowvalleycollege.ca


Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

*Currently 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
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.
English Language Proficiency Requirements

Transferability

*Currently subject to change

Graduates of this program may be accepted into:

Some transfer available from:

  • Calgary Board of Education
  • College of the North Atlantic
  • Heritage College
  • Lethbridge College
  • Medicine Hat College
  • Mothercraft College
  • Mount Royal University
  • Prairie College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Red Deer College
  • St. Joseph College
Course Listings Request More Information
Okotoks Campus

11 Elizabeth Street
Okotoks, AB  T1S1A8
(403) 476-2233
bvcokotoks@bowvalleycollege.ca

Course Listing


Semester 1

Required CoursesCredit

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 Canada's Indigenous communities. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing the work of other authors. 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 online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time 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 practicum is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply acquired skills and knowledge from a play-based perspective in appropriate childcare settings under the supervision of the College practicum supervisor in the childcare setting. Basic health, safety and nutrition, observation and documentation, and appropriate practice with children across curricular areas are included through practice and seminar.
Prerequisites: ELCC1101* and three credits of ELCC courses*
* may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite

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.

Semester 2

Required CoursesCredit

This introductory course focuses on the development of children from conception to twelve years of age, including the physical child, the thinking child, the social child and the whole child, as well as introducing atypical development. Students will study key theories and theorists in 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.

Learners explore principles of interpersonal relationships and communication, considering the roles of culture, perception, and listening therein. They practice verbal, nonverbal, conversational, and technology-mediated messaging necessary for effective communication within personal and professional contexts.

Course Delivery
Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required.

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 any-time and real-time 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 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.
Co-Requisites: ELCC1301, ELCC1101

Course Delivery

Semester 3

Required CoursesCredit

This introductory course will explore the role of play in children's development and how play is integral to a child's developmental needs. Students will develop an understanding of the relationship of play to the different developmental stages, as well as the role of the environment and the early childhood practitioner in enhancing children's play. This course focuses on the planning of inclusive and appropriate play environments including indoor and outdoor play experiences. Students will explore a variety of play situations/materials in used childcare settings.
Prerequisite: ELCC1101*
* may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite

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 course is an overview of Canada's First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. Historical and current issues are covered, including languages, stories of origin, different band treaties, and current issues of ownership over land, water and governance.

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 practicum provides learners with the opportunity to apply play-based skills and knowledge under the supervision of the college practicum supervisor and a designated mentor. Basic health, safety and nutrition, observation and documentation as well as appropriate practice with children across curricular areas are included through practice and seminar. This practicum is a combination of practical experience in a community work site and integrated seminars in
class.

Prerequisite: 6 credits of Year 1 of Early Learning and Child Care and ELCC1998.

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.

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 maximum of three years to complete the program and the diploma learners get five years. If you take five courses per semester including practicum, you can complete certificate program in two semesters and the diploma in four semesters. 
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 ELCC program.
You can do practicum at your day home, if it is registered with a day home agency. You have get an approval from the agency and the ELCC program.
The PIC should be dated no earlier than 90 days from the start of the program. If your PIC/VSS is older than 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. 
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