- In Class
- Any-time Online
Tuition & Fees
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $670
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 ECED?
Practicums will be held at an accessible regional licensed child care facility approved by the Program Coordinator.
- Program Excellence Award – Association of Canadian Community Colleges, 2010
- Innovation of the Year – League for Innovation in the Community College, 2009
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.
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- Credit in either English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent
- 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
- Satisfactory results on the BVC Admissions Test
- 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
- See English Language Proficiency Requirements for details.
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Graduates of this program may be accepted into:
- Bow Valley College - Early Learning and Child Care Diploma Year 2
- Grand Prairie Regional College - Early Learning and Child Care Diploma Year 2
- Lakeland College - Early Learning and Child Care Diploma Year 2
- Medicine Hat College - Early Learning and Child Care Diploma Year
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
Required CoursesCredit (Note: ENGL1201 can be taken in any of the 3 terms, online or in-class. Must be completed within 3 years of starting the program)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
* may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite
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.
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
Prerequisite: 6 credits of Year 1 of Early Learning and Child Care and ELCC1998.
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.
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.
Early Childhood Education and Development
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.