Location
Start Dates

  • January 08 2018
  • August 30 2018
Duration

2Semesters

Course Delivery

  • In Class
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $4,347
International: CAD $12,717

Program Description

You can make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. The eight-month (full-time) Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) 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.

Innovative learning lab and practicum project

The Early Learning and Child Care learning lab combines classroom space with interactive children’s learning centres that include an artist studio, a reading centre, a dramatic play centre, and a sensory motor centre. This innovative and engaging environment supports the transition of theory to practice as students have an opportunity to engage with children in the lab space.

Practicum project

Learners have the opportunity to participate in the practicum project. You will take your practicum in our lab classroom, mentored by Bow Valley College ELCC instructors, and work alongside educators, children, and parents from the YWCA at Bow Valley College Child Care Centre. This practicum focuses on emergent, child-centred, and play-based curriculum. You will focus on building strong and healthy relationships with the children and with all parties involved in the practicum experience. You will be involved in observing, documenting, and planning the curriculum to meet children’s individual needs, interests, and development. By focusing on the belief that children, by nature, are unique and competent, we join children in their learning by encouraging exploration and creative expressions in richly designed environments that you create.

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

You can put your knowledge into practice in an overseas community working with community schools and agencies. In June 2012 and May 2013, learners went to rural Uganda. In 2014, learners went to Jamaica, and in 2015 and 2016, they went to Guyana, South America. Learners will be returning to Guyana in 2018.

Scholarship for high school students

Alberta Children and Youth Services provides a $2,500 post-secondary scholarship to successful Career and Technologies Studies learners.

Delivery options

The ELCC Certificate program is offered full-time or part-time in a traditional classroom setting.

Students registered in the traditional full-time Early Learning and Child Care Certificate program are suggested to write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) assessment in semester one.

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Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@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
Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca

Course Listing


Semester 1

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 In Class

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

This first-year composition course provides students with a solid grounding in the processes that writers use to communicate clearly in the academic context. By reading and analyzing texts from a broad spectrum of purposes, cultures, historical periods, and disciplines, students develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others. Students learn to quote, paraphrase, and summarize the work of other authors, prepare documents according to APA format, and write research papers.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Combined Online In Class

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

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 In Class

Semester 2

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 In Class

This course introduces sociology of the family while developing a greater command of sociological imagination from various sociological perspectives. In addition, this course provides learners with a thorough grounding in both the theoretical and substantive issues in the sociological study of families. Issues dealt with include: how changes in the Canadian and global economies impact the definition of family; how the idea of family impacts the society's order; or whether common attitudes and beliefs about families can be proven empirically. As issues arise, learners explore demographic trends; examine how the challenges faced by families are social issues; and weigh common attitudes and stereotypes about families. Learners challenge the social practices, perceptions, and experiences related to families that are often taken for granted as "common sense", inevitable, or natural reality.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Combined Online In Class

This introductory course provides an understanding of children's behaviour in a developmental context, and the importance of realistic expectations of children in various stages. The social development of the young child will be examined in the context of positive guidance to support self regulation. Appropriate strategies to help children to develop positive self-esteem and develop appropriate behaviour will be discussed. The prevention of behaviour problems through developmentally appropriate practices and interventions will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: ELCC1101*
* may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

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

Course Delivery:
In Class

This practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge of the role of the educator in appropriate childcare settings under the supervision of the College practicum supervisor and a designated mentor in the childcare setting. Further discussion of working with diverse families and communities, the role of the educator in observation, documentation, the child's voice, and play and working as a team member are included through practice and seminar.
Prerequisite: ELCC1998
Pre- or co-requisite: 9 credits of ELCC subject courses.

Course Delivery:
Off-Campus

Optional International PracticumCredit

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Course Delivery:
Off-Campus

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