- May 03 2018
- August 30 2018
- Any-time Online
*Bow Valley College is no longer accepting applications for this program for the May 2018 semester start.
In the past, child care professionals were certified based only on their education or training. However, many child development assistants have sharpened their skills on the job. With this higher level, they might be just as qualified as early learning and child care learners. So Alberta Children and Youth Services developed LEEP to make education faster for child development assistants. Now, they can progress to child development worker certification without taking a college certificate program. Here is the link: Child Development Worker certification from Alberta Human Services
Six Alberta colleges, including Bow Valley College, have partnered to develop a LEEP challenge process. If you are a certified child development assistant, you can apply. Just follow these three steps:
- Pass an ELCC two-part challenge exam and gap analysis. You'll need to take more courses to fill any gaps.
- Pass a Caregiver Interaction Scale (CIS) rating observation.
- Submit the official transcripts from the challenge exam and the CIS observation to the Child Care Staff Certification Office:
Sixth Floor Sterling Place
9940 - 106 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5K 2N2
If you pass, you will receive your Child Development Worker Certificate from Alberta Human Services.
$900 plus a $65 registration fee. Students must buy their own materials and textbooks.
CIS Fee: $150.
Child Development Assistant Certificate, formerly Level 1.
A letter from your current employer verifying employment status in registered/licensed child care program.
Required CoursesStudents are required to take all courses below to receive certification
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.
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 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 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.
* may be taken as a pre- or co-requisite
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.
You should have Child Development Assistant certification from Alberta Human Services and be working in a licensed child care program in Alberta.
You will have four months to prepare and write the exam and you get three years to complete it from the date you start the program. There will be additional time required to do the courses identified in gap analysis.
When you register for the LEEP program, we will send you the textbook list and course outlines. We recommend you buy the textbooks.
There are no classes to attend. This is a self-study process.
We have new sections of the LEEP program starting each semester (Fall/Winter/Spring-Summer).
Schedule your exam at the begining of the term.
We strongly recommend that you purchase and study the textbooks as they form the foundation for the LEEP exam.
You can register and study together, but each LEEP student writes the exam on their own.
Currently the registration cost is $900 plus the $65 application fee. The new textbooks cost about $800 and $150 is charged by ARCQE for CIS observation.
No, the application fee and the exam fee is non-refundable.
No, there is no practice exam for LEEP.
Study from all of the recommended textbooks to prepare for the LEEP exam.
No, you will only receive transcripts from Bow Valley College.
No. You have to apply to the two-year diploma program and meet the admission requirements in order to get Level 3 (Child Development Supervisor). You may be eligible to get transfer credits from the LEEP, subject to transfer credit policy.
Yes, you will be required to pay the course fee and mandatory semester fee.
Please visit the full time course credits pages for details for each program.