Location
Start Dates

  • January 08 2018
  • August 30 2018
Duration

4Semesters

Course Delivery

  • In Class
  • Blended
  • Any-time Online
  • Real-time Online
  • Hyflex
  • Off-Campus
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $8,469
International: CAD $24,749

Program Description

You can make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. The 16-month (full-time) Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Diploma 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 in child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning that will equip you to support the healthy development of children through child-centered learning experiences.

This program combines theory and practice and graduates are eligible for Child Development Supervisor certification from Alberta Human Services.

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, be mentored by Bow Valley College ELCC instructors, and will 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.

Flexible delivery options

ELCC diploma program is offered full-time or part-time with a variety of delivery options including traditional classroom and online learning. Students registered in the traditional full-time Early Learning and Child Care Diploma 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
  • 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 Bow Valley College 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

See English language proficiency requirements for details.


Transferability

*Currently subject to change

Graduates of this program may be granted transfer credit to:

  • Athabasca University – Bachelor of Professional Arts – Human Services (60 block credits)
  • Griffith University (Australia) – Bachelor of Arts in Education (one and a half years of advanced standing towards a three-year degree)
  • Ryerson University – Bachelor of Arts, Early Childhood Education (two years advanced standing)
  • The Mico University College (Jamaica) – Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood Education (two years advanced standing)
  • University of Calgary – Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation (10 full course credits) 
  • University of Victoria – Bachelor of Arts, Child and Youth Care (two years advanced standing)
  • Walden University – Bachelor of Science in Child Development (specialization in Administration, General Specialization, DUAL Infant/Toddlers Preschool Specialization, Infant/Toddler Specialization, or Preschool Specialization)

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
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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

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

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 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 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 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

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 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 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

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

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

Semester 3

Required CoursesCredit

This course will focus on the development of creative activities and their role in providing a developmentally appropriate program for children in child care. Included in this course are ideas for the development of two and three dimensional activities, creative language experiences, science and mathematics, music and movement, indoor and outdoor play, dramatic play, and media.
Prerequisite: ELCC1999

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

This course will provide students with an understanding of early literacy, language, and communication development. Students will develop strategies that can be used to support a child's interest and skills related to listening, speaking, reading, writing, and other forms of communication. The effective use of children's literature, storytelling, puppetry, and dramatic play will be explored. The importance of cultural considerations and individual differences on communication and language development will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: ELCC1101*
* may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

This advanced course will focus on the further examination of communication, language, play, and social learning, while exploring the physical, mental and emotional development of children aged 0-12 years. The ecological approach will focus on the observation of children aged 0-12 years. The student is expected to formulate developmentally appropriate activities for furthering development based on observation techniques.
Prerequisite: ELCC1999

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

This course focuses on providing learners with theoretical and practical information about principles of effective early learning and child care leadership (ELCC) and the administration of ELCC programs. Learners will explore the theory and practice of leadership and organizational development in the context of early learning and child care organizations and funders.
Prerequisite: ELCC1999

Course Delivery:
In Class Hyflex

This practicum is designed to support the development of appropriate skills to be successful in the role of a supervisor in an ELCC environment. Positive leadership and work environments, human resource management, using observation and documentation to support caregivers, children and families, in addition to facilitating learning through play, the importance of environments and community connections.
Prerequisite: D in ELCC1999
Pre- or co-requisite: 6 credits of second year ECED courses

Course Delivery:
Off-Campus

Semester 4

Required CoursesCredit

This course covers the goals and essential components of programs for school aged children. Historical and social influences of such programs in Canada will be examined. Students will gain insight into the role of school age caregivers, while examining their own personal qualities and philosophy for working in this field.
Prerequisite: ELCC1999

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

This advanced course focuses on the development of appropriate strategies and skills to provide developmentally appropriate care for infants and toddlers. An understanding of infant and toddler development and its role in developmentally appropriate practice will be discussed. The central role of the caregiver and of daily routines will be emphasized. The importance of effective communications will also be addressed.
Pre-requisite: ELCC1999

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

This course will focus on the needs of children whose development is atypical. Students will explore a range of exceptionalities and gain an understanding of strategies to support all children within the child care setting. Students will examine the values and philosophy of inclusion in child care.
Pre- or co-requisite: ELCC2998

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

This course will focus on an examination of critical issues in the field such as interdisciplinary practices, technology, advocacy, related research topics, assessment, early intervention, poverty, and ethics. Students will examine these issues and their impact on practice in a child care setting.
Pre- or co-requisite: ELCC2998

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

Optional International Practicum (Select One)Credit

As the final practicum placement the learner will have the opportunity to develop their own code of ethics and philosophy. Topics include seeing the child as capable, staying connected with the community and how to become a mentor. Learners will have the opportunity to research a topic of their choice pertaining to keeping their passion alive for child care. This capstone course will demonstrate their understanding of the program objectives.
Prerequisite: ELCC2998
Pre- or co-requisite: ELCC2301 and 9 credits of second year ECED courses

Course Delivery:
Off-Campus

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Course Delivery:
Off-Campus

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