Location
Start Dates

  • January 10, 2022
Duration

2Terms

Program Delivery

  • Blended
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $4,688
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $670

 

Start Dates

  • January 10, 2022
Duration

2Terms

Program Delivery

  • Blended
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $4,688
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $670

 

Start Dates

  • January 10, 2022
Duration

2Terms

Program Delivery

  • Blended
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $4,688
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $670


Start Dates

  • January 10, 2022
Duration

2Terms

Program Delivery

  • Blended
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $4,688
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $670

 

Program Description

You can make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. The eight-month (2 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 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. 
It is suggested that learners who plan to register in the Early Childhood Education and Development Diploma program, write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) assessment in term one.

Practicum placement

Practicums will be held at regional licensed child care facilities approved by the Program Chair.

Delivery options

The Early Childhood Education and Development Certificate program offered by Regional Campuses is provided through a blended delivery mode that combines online and in-person learning activities.

Course Listings Request More Information

Airdrie Campus
403-355-1910
bvcairdrie@bowvalleycollege.ca

Cochrane Campus
403-851-0463
bvccochrane@bowvalleycollege.ca

Okotoks Campus
403-476-2233
bvcokotoks@bowvalleycollege.ca

Strathmore Campus
403-983-1221
bvcstrathmore@bowvalleycollege.ca


Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements
  • 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

See English Language Proficiency Requirements for details.

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

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

Airdrie Campus
403-355-1910
bvcairdrie@bowvalleycollege.ca

Cochrane Campus
403-851-0463
bvccochrane@bowvalleycollege.ca

Okotoks Campus
403-476-2233
bvcokotoks@bowvalleycollege.ca

Strathmore Campus
403-983-1221
bvcstrathmore@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 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 practicum provides learners with the opportunity to apply play-based skills and knowledge under the supervision of the college practicum supervisor and a designated workplace mentor. Through practice and seminar, basic health, safety, nutrition, observation, documentation, and appropriate practice with children are the learners' focus. The practicum is a combination of practical experience at a community work site and integrated class seminars.

Pre- or Co-requisite: 6 credits of Year 1 Early Childhood Education and Development

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 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 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.

Semester 2

Required CoursesCredit

Learners explore principles of interpersonal relationships and communication, considering the importance of self-awareness including such values as empathy, respect, genuineness, and humility therein. Learners practice verbal, nonverbal, emotional, conversational, and technology-mediated messaging necessary for effective communication in personal and professional contexts. Through this exploration and this practice, learners improve their ability to communicate assertively and respectfully with others in various contexts, taking care to understand the social and cultural contexts that affect communication, including the impacts of colonization on Indigenous groups in Canada in relation to interpersonal relationships and communication.

Course Delivery
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.

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.

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

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 workplace mentor. Through practice and seminar, basic health, safety, nutrition, observation, documentation, and appropriate practice with children are the learners' focus. The practicum is a combination of practical experience at a community work site and integrated class seminars.

Pre- or Co-requisite: 6 credits of Year 1 Early Childhood Education and Development

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.

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.

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.

 

Certificate learners get a maximum of three years to complete the program, and diploma learners get five years.
Learners at Regional Campuses can take three to four courses per semester including practicum and complete the certificate program in three semesters. At the same pace, Regional learners can complete the diploma program in six 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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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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